Uri Caine: not for purists


Last year, the New York-based pianist, composer, and all-rounder Uri Caine came to the Brussels Jazz Festival to present Agent Orange, an acrobatic balancing act between classical orchestra, saxophone solos and DJ. But he also played a (jazz-tinted) version of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations.

He is now coming to Bozar to play Bach’s much more famous Goldberg Variations. He has previously made a recording of them, on the eve of the 250th anniversary of the German master’s death, in 1999. The classical purists did everything they could to avoid the hybrid re-enactment. We wonder whether that will be the case again at the Bach Heritage Festival, where Caine will repeat his ambitious project.

URI CAINE 7/2, 20.00, Bozar

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