Bach LIVE!

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Bach LIVE!

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Julian Loida is one of my favorite young percussionists on the scene today....The Bach pieces here are an example of hard work, every detail is in place and the music flows naturally from phrase to phrase.
— Frank Epstein, Percussionist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 43 years
Percussionist Julian Loida personifies the new breed of innovators who are captivating the music scene by re-imagining the classical tradition while respecting its origins. The result is fresh, exciting and highly listenable!
— Maggi Landau, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Julian has chosen some great works from the Bach solo library for this album. A true testament to hard work over his career...Beautifully done.
— William James, Principal Percussionist of the St. Louis Symphony
Julian has expertly assembled an album of the movements from the Bach solo Partitas and Sonatas that best highlight the distinct tonal qualities of the vibes, both the purity of a striking mallet and the warmth and subtlety available to only a fine player.
— Liz Knowles, Open the Door for Three, String Sisters, The Martin Hayes Quartet, Riverdance, co-founder of Major B Music Inc.
Julian reimagines these unaccompanied Bach movements so naturally and beautifully, you’d think they were all originally written for mallets. His creativity is met by his technical prowess on these live recordings, which is a rare and impressive accomplishment for any artist. It’s beautiful.
— Michael Thurber, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, co-founder of CDZA
In this dreamy interpretation of carefully selected Bach classics, Julian both pays attention to detail and nuance while re-imagining the sonic placement of the notes giving this timeless material a fresh perspective.
— Maeve Gilchrist, Internationally acclaimed Celtic harpist and composer
This live album has all the earmarks of a great live recording……..its organic, soulful and played from the heart….a refreshing piece of creativity in the dryness of today’s digital world. Julian’s sense of dynamics and rhythm are quite deep for someone so young………. the pieces breathe with deep resonance that makes you feel as if you’re right in the room, the music vibrating within you…..
— Lloyd Thayer, Legendary Folk Musician of Greater Boston

 

Conservatory trained percussionist and composer Julian Loida shares his best recordings of J.S. Bach’s music that he has recorded over the past decade.  Now beautifully mastered by John Baker, Julian Loida is releasing his select movements including: the E Major Partita; the entire G minor Sonata; the legendary Bach Chaconne arranged for the vibraphone; and a special arrangement utilizing Afro-Cuban percussion seamlessly interwoven with a batá bateria and conga drums.  When learning to play keyboard percussion in 2008, the first music he learned was the music of J.S. Bach for solo violin. Bach’s music quickly became an obsession.

Track Titles:

  1. J.S. Bach, Partita No. 3 in E Major for Solo Violin, BWV 1006: VI. Bourrée

  2. J.S. Bach, Partita No. 3 in E Major for Solo Violin, BWV 1006: IV. & V. Menuet I & II

  3. J.S. Bach, Partita No. 3 in E Major for Solo Violin, BWV 1006: III. Gavotte en rondeau

  4. J.S. Bach, Partita No. 2 in D Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne

  5. J.S. Bach, Sonata No. 1 in G Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001: I. Adagio

  6. J.S. Bach, Sonata No. 1 in G Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001: II. Fuga. Allegro

  7. J.S. Bach, Sonata No. 1 in G Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001: III. Siciliana

  8. J.S. Bach, Sonata No. 1 in G Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001: IV. Presto / Oru Seco & Rezo a Obba / Mongo Santamaria: ‘My Sound’.

Released by © 2018 Loida Studios

Mastering Engineer: John Baker

Artwork: Mariel Vandersteel

Recording & Mixing Engineers: Ian Miller tracks 1-3, Tim Perry track 4, Evan Chapman tracks 5-8.

Track 8 features Kristin Olson on itótele, Tommy Rorabeck on okónkolo, Andrew McAfee maraca, and Julian Loida on marimba, iyá, and conga drums.

All tracks recorded live & mastered between 2008 to 2018.