BACH & FRIENDS – West Coast Premiere At The Kabuki, 7/14

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Producer and director Michael Lawrence’s Bach & Friends is a fresh and engaging look at the life of Johann Sebastian Bach and the legacy of his music. The composer’s friends consist of today’s great concert and recording artists including violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Zuill Bailey, singer and conductor Bobby McFerrin, violinist Hilary Hahn, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, and many more. Particularly intriguing is the Toccata and Fugue in D minor played on the glass harp of Robert Tiso and the Swingle Singers version of Badinerie (Orchestra Suite No. 2). Even the late pianist Glen Gould makes a cameo appearance with selections from his 1955 recording of the Goldberg Variations. Included are samples of his “Re-Performances” from the jaw-dropping technology developed by Zenph Studios. Beautiful cinematography by Richard Chisolm (The Response; Hopkins, 7 episodes; Waiting For Hockney). Together with director Lawrence, the viewer becomes engaged in an intense and personal intimacy with the composer through interwoven commentary and performance. Each of the musicians is presented in a particular and complimentary setting where brains and passion bring Bach and his music to vibrant life. The documentary will be presented this coming Wednesday, July 14th, at at the Kabuki Theatre.
Click here for ticket information: BACH & FRIENDS.

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JOSHUA BELL
Chaconne, Partita No. 2

BACH & FRIENDS is available in 2-disc DVD format. Click here to order on-line: BACH & FRIENDS

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ROBERT TISO
Toccata and Fugue in D minor

The bonus disc includes performances by:
Felix Hell, organist – Fugue in D Major (BWV 532)
Bobby McFerrin, singer/conductor – Bach Improvisation
Matt Haimovitz, cellist – Prélude, Cello Suite No. 1 (BWV 1007)
Mike Hawley, pianist – Organ Fugue in G Major (BWV 577)
Ward Swingle, The Swingle Singers – Badinerie, Orchestra Suite No. 2 (BWV 1067)
Manuel Barrueco, guitarist; Fugue, Sonata No.1 in G minor (BWV 1000)
John Bayless & Anatoly Larkin, pianists – Improvisation on Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 645)
Edgar Meyer, bassist/composer – Prelude, Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor (BWV 1008)
Simone Dinnerstein, pianist – Variations 13, Goldberg Variations (BWV 988)
Chris Thile, mandolinist – Partita No. 2, Gigue in Dm (BWV 1004)
Richard Stoltzman, clarinetist – Chromatic Fantasy in D minor (BWV 903a)
Béla Fleck, banjoist – Presto, Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor (BWV 1001)
Emerson String QuartetArt of Fugue, Contrapunctus No. 1, 9 (BWV 1080)
John Bayless, pianist, improviser – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire/Amazing Grace Improvisation (BWV 147)
Jake Shimabukuro, ukuleleist; Two-Part Invention No. 4 in Dm (BWV 786)
Zuill Bailey, cellist; Allemande, Suite for Solo Cello No. 6 (BWV 1012)
Hilda Huang, pianist; Fugue in D minor (BWV 948)
Joshua Bell, violinist; Chaconne, Partita No. 2 (BWV 1004)

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ZUILL BAILEY
Allemande, Suite for Solo Cello No. 6

ABOUT MICHAEL LAWRENCE
An Emmy nominated filmmaker, Michael Lawrence has written, produced, and directed over twenty documentaries, including productions for PBS, CNN and HBO. His films have been honored by awards from major film festivals around the world. He has initiated personal film projects that have received production grants from both local and national foundations, including the Ford Foundation. The National Endowment for the Humanities funded three of his productions. Among his most honored personal film essays are Aaron Shearer: A Life With The Guitar with Manuel Barrueco, The Mind of Music with Yehudi Menuhin, and The Shared Experience with Dr. Lewis Thomas and John Kenneth Galbraith. Mr. Lawrence also serves as film editor on all his documentary productions.

In 1990, Julian Krainin and Michael Lawrence began working together to jointly produce documentaries, television movies, and theatrical motion pictures. Their first project was the multi-award winning documentary The Quiz Show Scandal that Mr. Lawrence directed for The American Experience. Mr. Lawrence initiated the 2004 Emmy and Peabody award winning HBO original movie Something the Lord Made, for which he wrote an original dramatic treatment and which Mr. Krainin produced. Michael Lawrence studied story structure with Robert McKee and screenwriting with Linda Seger and has written original screenplays and over a dozen feature film and television movie treatments. Other projects developed with Julian Krainin are currently in development at independent production companies and major studios.

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MICHAEL LAWRENCE

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