Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia

Eleven musicians. Five dancers. Choreographed together as one in a new interpretation of the J.S. Bach masterpiece. Play the opening of the Goldberg Variations to someone today, and usually they’ll have heard it – whether in its original form, one of the many transcribed and transposed versions, or in a completely different setting in a totally different genre…. Read more »

Thuringia Bach Festival

Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia

Baroque Dance Party with Johannes Fischer at Oran Mor, Glasgow (The Herald)

Published on Thursday 23 March 2017 Written by Keith Bruce Scottish Ensemble and Johannes Fischer rehearsing on stage at Glasgow’s Oran Mor THE title was a bit of a jape, but this collaboration between Jonathan Morton’s Scottish Ensemble and percussionist Johannes Fischer did have its funky moments – and while the man from Hamburg was the catalyst,… Read more »

Baroque Dance Party with Johannes Fischer at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh (The Scotsman)

Published on Saturday 18 March 2017 Written by Susan Nickalls Scottish Ensemble and Johannes Fischer rehearsing on stage at Glasgow’s Oran Mor The title “Baroque Dance Party” doesn’t quite do justice to the Scottish Ensemble’s enthralling collaboration with percussionist and composer Johannes Fischer. Following a laid-back stroll through Bach’s Air on the G String by the ensemble… Read more »

Baroque Dance Party with Johannes Fischer at Caird Hall, Dundee (Bachtrack)

Published on Saturday 18 March 2017 Written by David Smythe Scottish Ensemble and Johannes Fischer rehearsing on stage at Glasgow’s Oran Mor The hard thwack of Baroque timpani is what we associate with Baroque percussion, yet the addition of other period percussion instruments is rarely heard on the concert platform. Classical Baroque, particularly if played… Read more »

Tea Dance

part of the Dumfries Residency 2016

Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia tours Sweden

We are thrilled to return to Sweden for an eight-date tour of Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia, our cross-artform collaboration with Swedish contemporary dance company Andersson Dance. Starting in Jönköping on Monday 25 January, the tour takes in seven cities across the country including Gävle, Västerås, Kungsbacka, Vara and Malmö before concluding in Umeå with… Read more »

Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia at Dance City, Newcastle (The Guardian)

Written by Alfred Hickling Published on Monday 23 November 2015 The composition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations will always be mysterious. Were they really a musical sheep-counting exercise for the benefit of an insomniac ambassador? A harmonic exegesis of the Ptolemaic universe? A private joke at the expense of an unkind critic? Or maybe, as this… Read more »