Tanglewood | Lenox, Massachusetts
Tanglewood Music Center presents The Knights with Aaron Diehl on Friday, July 9th 2021. The Knights return to Tanglewood with pianist and composer Aaron Diehl in an energetic, multifaceted, and truly Knightsian program. Diehl will be featured as soloist in a brand-new arrangement of George Gershwin’s timeless Rhapsody in Blue and selections from Mary Lou Williams’ Zodiac Suite. The program will also feature Vijay Iyer’s Crisis Modes and Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin. The evening will be directed by Eric Jacobsen.
Hailed by the New York Times as "an interpretive dynamo," conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen has built a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and collaborative projects. As co-founder and Artistic Director of the adventurous orchestra The Knights and a founding member of the genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider. Under Jacobsen's baton, The Knights have an extensive recording collection that includes the ground beneath our feet, the ensemble's first release for Warner Classics.
The Knights are a collective of adventurous musicians, dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audiences and music. Driven by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie and exploration, they inspire listeners with vibrant programs that encompass their roots in the classical tradition and passion for artistic discovery. The orchestra has toured and recorded with renowned soloists including Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Béla Fleck, and Gil Shaham, and have performed at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, and the Vienna Musikverein. The Knights' roster boasts remarkably diverse talents, including composers, arrangers, singer-songwriters, and improvisers, who bring a range of cultural influences to the group, from jazz and klezmer to pop and indie rock music. The unique camaraderie within the group retains the intimacy and spontaneity of chamber music in performance.
Aaron Diehl’s elegant pianism and musical sophistication take center stage once again on his third album, The Vagabond, featuring Paul Sikivie on double bass, and Gregory Hutchinson on drums, it includes original tunes by Diehl, as well as music by past jazz greats, John Lewis and Sir Roland Hanna, along with classical composers Sergei Prokofiev and Philip Glass.