Over the past ten years The Bad Plus Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson and David King have broken down the walls of jazz convention and created an uncompromising body of work. Few jazz groups in recent memory have amassed such popularity and critical acclaim. While the bulk of their output has been original music, they are equally at home with tunes by Blondie, Bacharach, Nirvana and Aphex Twin. ON SACRED GROUND sees the piano trio take on Stravinsky’s iconic Rite of Spring. The famed ballet that caused a riot on its premiere, opened the door to 20th Century music and animated Disney’s Fantasia. The Rite is a touchstone rooted in tribal and Russian folk music. Virtuoso, playful and visceral, The Bad Plus’ mutli-media show, On Sacred Ground, breathes new life into this popular masterpiece.
“It’s about as badass as highbrow gets.” Rolling Stone
“If the Coen Brothers put together a jazz trio, perhaps it would be like this, the comic and the dramatic rolled together.” The Guardian
“Audacious, rule-breaking jazz trio crunches and at times pulverizes swing to let improvisational freedom shine…Dynamics play a huge roll in the act’s music, as does humor, an element sorely lacking in most of contemporary jazz. But beauty is also key… jazz purists tremble while the vanguard flocks.” Billboard