CR: 103
Year: 2020-22
Duration: 24'
Instrumentation: Piano & Orchestra
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2 Flutes (1st doubling Piccolo)
2 Clarinets in Bb (2nd doubling Bass Clarinet)
Soprano Saxophone
Alto Saxophone

2 Horns in F
2 Trumpets in C
2 Trombones

Percussion (2 players)

Electric Guitar
Bass Guitar


Solo Piano

Strings (max., min., subtly amplified if needed)

Ermis Theodorakis (piano) & RKST21 conducted by Gregory Charette

Art Tatum (1909-1956) was a legendary and incredibly virtuoso jazz pianist whose work was of important influence on the development of jazz – saxophonist Charlie Parker took a job as dishwasher in a club, especially to be able to hear Art Tatum play there every night – and furthermore received the greatest admiration from composers such as Stravinsky, Gershwin, and Rachmaninov.

Tatum was an exceptionally quick and very inventive musical thinker. Ever since I was introduced to the work of Art Tatum by Henk Alkema at the age of 14, I have always been fascinated by it, gradually having discovered more and more of his recordings over the course of my teenage years.

There are countless things happening in Tatum's recordings that are totally remarkable and unusual. In muTaTum, I have selected a number of moments from Tatum's playing as a point of departure, and then gave free rein to my imagination, reshaping and distorting them in various ways in new contexts, in order to make a personal connection with this phenomenal musician of the past.

show performances
  • 19 February 2022, 20.15, Musis, Arnhem, The Netherlands (Premiere)
    Ermis Theodorakis (piano) & RKST21 (Orkest de Ereprijs & Phion) conducted by Gregory Charette
  • 20 February 2022, 16.00, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
    Ermis Theodorakis (piano) & RKST21 (Orkest de Ereprijs & Phion) conducted by Gregory Charette


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