Review of We Tear Down Our Coliseums by Howard Mandel of Downbeat MagazineApril 18, 2017 Swing for the Fences: New Suite Fuses Jazz, Baseball On the eve of Major League Baseball’s 2017 opening day, composer John Dorhauer and his brother Adam Dorhauer, a painter, pitched jazz and images together in the premiere of “We Tear Down Our Coliseums,” evoking the legacy of the national pastime and its place in our imaginations. A kaleidoscopic big band suite performed by the 17-piece Heisenberg Uncertainty Players, each of John’s nine music movements was accompanied by one of Adam’s original canvasses (most depicted architectural details), which he placed on an easel in front of the stage. “WTDOC” was nostalgic in theme but creatively complex and forward-looking, open-ended within a tight structure, just like a baseball game. The performance took place in the small, black box Mill Theater at Elmhurst College in west suburban Chicago. On hand was an audience of about 70 students, friends and relatives who seemed unfazed by a section dedicated to atonalist Edgard Varése and quite willing to sing a chorus of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during a seventh inning stretch. As a warmup, John Dorhauer conducted his band—five reeds, more »
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Composer / Arranger / Educator … and now Critic! John is now a reviewer for Bachtrack, an international Classical review site specializing in live performance. Read his first ever review for them of a wonderful solo cello recital of Amit Peled at Ravinia: The engaging lyricism of cellist Amit Peled’s debut at Ravinia Festival Touched by the review of my @RaviniaFestival debut. http://t.co/pUTL5dPrTn@george_peabody@ArtsMgmtGroup — Amit Peled (@PeledAmit) September 10, 2013 Read all of John’s reviews. Tweet
Heisenberg Uncertainty Players received their first review of their debut album, Emergency Postcards. Read the full review at: http://jazzprofiles.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-heisenberg-uncertainty-players.html I was intrigued by the music’s texture [sound], by the technical virtuosity and facility of the young musicians playing it, engaged by their youthful exuberance in executing it, constantly surprised by the new directions these talented players pushed the music, amused by their audaciousness in combining meter and melody in unexpected ways [Dave Brubeck would have loved these guys], amazed by the music’s humor and its poignancy [let alone some of its complicated song titles] and otherwise completely baffled about how I was going to explain the music and why I liked it. HUP has also a found monthly home at Phyllis’ Musical Inn in Chicago’s vibrant Wicker Park neighborhood. You can find them playing here every 2nd Sunday of the month. 1800 W Division, Chicago, IL Chicago Artists Resource featured HUP on their Singletrack blog. Read about John’s tune, Death & Taxes. http://www.chicagoartistsresource.org/singletracks/singletrack-john-dorhauer-heisenberg-uncertainty-players http://HUPlayers.com