Swing the Mass at Cinquième salle : Will Todd’s Mass in Blue for a rare occasion in Quebec

Interview by Frédéric Cardin
Genres and styles : Jazz

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In 2003, British composer Will Todd (b. 1970) wrote a spectacular jazz choral work: Mass in Blue. Originally written for soloist, choir and big band, it will be performed for a rare occurrence in Quebec at Place des Arts’ Cinquième salle on Sunday, May 19 at 1pm. For the occasion, it will be performed in a more chamber version, but just as exciting, featuring a jazz quartet (piano, sax, double bass and drums) and a classical soprano as soloist. The hybrid, resolutely solar work, is extremely popular, though difficult to stage as it requires first-rate performers, well grounded in their jazz improvisatory impulses, but also in a need for classical technical rigor. A challenge taken up by young choral conductor Lorenzo Somma, recently seen as musical and choral director in productions such as Les Choristes and Hair. I caught up with the friendly musician to find out more about this work, which makes for a memorable listening experience, trust me. 

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