Ascension. Instead of merely re-creating that landmark album, the duo are presenting Of Ascension, a series of new works that have been commissioned to invoke the spirit of Coltrane's visionary beautiful noise and cascading series of polyphonies and take them even further into the mystic. The program includes works by Hearne, Eric Dolphy, Björk, Julius Eastman, George Lewis, Oliver Messiaen, Jen Hill and others.
The worlds of jazz and classical music would appear to be diametrically opposed. Traditional classical music often is about disciplined replication and faithful adherence to a script, whereas jazz is generally free-form and improvisational. But this evening, composer Ted Hearne and wild Up conductor Christopher Rountree take a new look at John Coltrane's monumental 1966 opus