Bad Plus reinvents Stravinsky Mark Morris Dance Group

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Monday September 22, 2014

from the Contra Costa Times

Bad Plus reinvents Stravinsky Mark Morris Dance Group
by Contra Costa Times

When Mark Morris unveiled his exuberant new version of “The Rite of Spring” last year at Cal Performances, the audience didn’t hear Stravinsky’s iconic score performed by an orchestra. Instead, accompaniment for “Spring, Spring, Spring” was provided by the jazz trio The Bad Plus.

“The Rite of Spring” played by three musicians? It seemed impossible. But the performance by The Bad Plus — pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King — was both dazzling and deeply revealing.

Audiences can catch repeat performances this week when the Mark Morris Dance Group performs two programs Thursday through Sunday at Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. One West Coast and five Bay Area premieres are on the schedule. “Spring, Spring, Spring,” accompanied by The Bad Plus, will comprise Program B, performed along with Morris’ “Excursions” and “Crosswalk.” Program A, accompanied by the Mark Morris Music Group, includes the choreographer’s “The Muir,” “A Wooden Tree,” “Jenn and Spencer” and “Festival Dance.”

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