Bjarte Eike & Barokksolistene Bring 'The Alehouse Sessions' on Debut U.S. Tour
“It could be the most musical fun you’ve had all week.”
-BBC Radio 3
Baroque violinist Bjarte Eike and his ensemble Barokksolistene will tour - The Alehouse Sessions - in the U.S., October 5-12. An original project curated and devised by Eike, the sessions feature the group blending Norwegian folk traditions with classical repertoire in an informal context, transforming spaces from concert halls to cathedrals into old English pubs. BBC Music Magazine notes that, “their extempore playing [creates] an air of a late-night jamming-session”. U.S. dates include Princeton University (Oct. 5), University of Chicago (Oct. 6), Washington National Cathedral (Oct. 8), World Cafe Live, Philadelphia (Oct. 10) and the Schubert Club, Minneapolis (Oct. 12).
Out on Rubicon Classics, The Alehouse Sessions explores the music heard in 17th Century English taverns, giving audiences a fascinating window into this tumultuous period. The atmosphere of a raucous port city pub in the 1690s is brilliantly evoked by Norwegian violinist Bjarte Eike and Barokksolistene, whose concerts have been hailed as "irresistible" (The Times), "superb" (The Scotsman) and "fabulously unrestrained" (The Guardian) and "creating the effect of a late night jamming session" (BBC Music Magazine). Eike says, "The signature of this project is the interaction on stage between the players and the audience. If it has to be put in a historical context, the project draws its inspiration from the Shakespearian theatre where there was a direct communication between stage and hall."
Head over to GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE to read Bjarte Eike piece on "Breaking out of the genre box."
OCT 5 Princeton, NJ - Richardson Auditorium, The New Lewis Center for the Arts 6 & 9:30PM
OCT 6 Chicago, IL - International House, University of Chicago 7:30PM
OCT 8 Washington, DC - National Cathedral 6 & 8PM
OCT 10 Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live 8PM
OCT 11 New York, NY - SubCulture 7:30PM
OCT 12 Minneapolis, MN - The Schubert Club 7:30PM