Porgy & Bess RevisitePorgy & Bess Revisited

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Dautricourt Schumacher SuDautricourt Schumacher Sundquist

Porgy & Bess RevisitePorgy & Bess Revisited

George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess first opened on Broadway in 1935 and has ever since fascinated generation after generation, withstanding the passing of time through countless reinventions. There have been untold numbers of jazz cover versions, among which Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald stand out. The question of whether this classic therefore belongs in the classical or in the jazz world seems trivial, baffling, misplaced even. 

Porgy & Bess Revisited proves this point by bringing together three very different personalities who thrive in both those worlds – the debonair Knut Erik Sundquist, the phlegmatic Pascal Schumacher and the flamboyant Nicolas Dautricourt

Although reminiscent of a Spaghetti Western, this multi-layered composition marks the start of a beautiful and daring adventure outside the familiar confines of classical and jazz. It strikes a fine balance between the improvised and the pre-composed, between control and free form experiment, a fitting tribute to this timeless musical masterpiece. 

Porgy & Bess’ fantasy world knows no bounds, so it has taken both courage and humility to put yet another spin on this partition and give it a new contemporary, intemporal narrative. In Gershwin's own words, ‘life is a lot like jazz… it is best when you improvise’.


Porgy & Bess revisited, c’est la rencontre de 3 mondes: Sundquist le débonnaire, Schumacher le flegmatique et Dautricourt, le chevelu.

Si cette définition porte, certes, des faux airs de western-spaghetti des années 60, elle n’en illustre pas moins le point de départ d’une grande et belle aventure; une aventure humaine autant qu’artistique qui, aux confins du classique et du jazz, entre compositions diverses et extraits originaux, entre musique écrite et improvisation, entre contrôle et lâcher prise, est un hommage à peine déguisé de trois musiciens aux horizons différents, à l’un des sommets insurpassables de l’histoire de la musique. 

L’opéra Porgy & Bess, composé par Georges Gershwin en 1935, compte de toute évidence parmi ces joyaux intemporels de l’art musical, dont la question de s’interroger s’ils appartiennent à un monde ou un autre, le classique ou le jazz en l’occurrence, semble déplacée, triviale, presque grossière. 

Sur son îlot si singulier, Porgy & Bess est et, à jamais, sera. 

Il fallait donc un petit grain de folie à ces trois musiciens pour oser vouloir donner à cette partition toute la fantaisie dont elle regorge déjà... cependant, s’il convenait d’aborder cette démarche avec une grande humilité, il s’agissait également de garder à l’esprit qu’après tout, ne rien perdre de leur grandeur tout en étant manipulés, contorsionnés, défigurés, transfigurés à l’infini, n’est-ce pas là l’apanage des plus grands chefs d’oeuvres?


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Photography © Paul Flanagan


Nicolas Dautricourt - violin

Pascal Schumacher - vibraphone

Knut Erik Sundquist - double bass

Nicolas Dautricourt BioNicolas Dautricourt Bio

Voted « Classical Discovery of the Year » at the Midem in Cannes, Sacem « Georges Enesco » Prize, Nicolas Dautricourt is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and engaging French violinists of his generation. 

Invited as a guest soloist at the 23rd « Victoires de la Musique » in France, a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, he appears at major venues around the world : Washington Kennedy Center, New York Alice Tully Hall, London Wigmore Hall, Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Taïpeï National Recital Hall, Boston Gardner Museum, Teatro Nacional de Belém, Copenhagen Concert Hall, Ongakudo Hall Kanazawa, Nagoya Shirakawa Hall, Sendai City Hall..., in France : Salle Pleyel, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Cité de la Musique, Metz Arsenal, Musée d’Orsay, Opéra du Rhin, Grand Théâtre de Provence..., and is invited to many artistic events, including La Chaise-Dieu, La Roque d’Antheron, Printemps des Arts (Monaco), La Côte St André, Festival de l’Orangerie (Sceaux), Parc Floral (Vincennes), Folles Journées de Nantes et Tokyo, Rencontres Musicales de La Baule, Flâneries musicales de Reims, Deauville Easter Festival, Les Arcs, Périgord Noir, Auvers-sur-Oise, Musique à l’Empéri...

He also takes part in festivals abroad, such as the Enesco Festival in Bucarest, Lockenhaus Kammermusikfest, Pärnu Järvi Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Ravinia Festival, Stellenbosch Music Festival, Himeji/Le Pont Festival, Sevilla Turina Festival, Sintra, Davos, Aurora Festival, OModernt Festival, and has performed as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Detroit Symphony, Québec Symphony, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Liège Philharmonic, Mexico National Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony, Kiev Philharmonic, Belgrad Philharmonic, NHK Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, Scala di Milano Ensemble, Yokohama Sinfonietta, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, European Camerata, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre Poitou-Charentes, Orchestre de Picardie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Orchestre de Cannes, Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen, Orchestre de l'Opéra de St-Etienne, Orchestre de l'Opéra de Toulon, Sendai Strings Ensemble, Novossibirsk Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Maroc, Baltic Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Orchestre d'Auvergne, Orchestre Symphonique de Caen, Orchestre Pasdeloup, Orchestre Français des Jeunes, under conductors Leonard Slatkin, Paavo Järvi, Tugan Sokhiev, Fabien Gabel, Carlos Miguel Prieto, François-Xavier Roth, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Michael Francis, Kazuki Yamada, Dennis Russell Davis, Yuri Bashmet, Arie Van Beek, Mishiyoshi Inoue, Jacques Mercier, Faycal Karoui, Vahan Mardirossian, Stanislas Lefort, Mark Foster and others. 

Two recordings are in preparation in 2018: J.S. Bach 6 sonatas for violin and keyboard with pianist Juho Pohjonen (La Dolce Volta / Harmonia Mundi), and Porgy & Bess Revisited, alongside with the double-bass player Knut-Erik Sundquist and the vibraphonist Pascal Schumacher (recorded @ Schloss Elmau). 

Nicolas Dautricourt, who is appreciated for his « sensitivity and passionate manner », is particularly fond of chamber music, which he plays alongside many inspiring artists, and keenly interested in jazz, he works regularly with top players such as Jean-Marie Ecay, Nelson Veras, Jean-Philippe Viret, Jean-Marc Jafet, Antoine Hervé, Dominique Fillon, Pascal Schumacher, as well as the accordionist Richard Galliano as a member of the Tangaria Quartet the Piazzolla Forever project, in such festivals as Jazz à Vienne, Marciac, Sud-Tyroler Jazz Festival, San Javier, Copenhagen, Athens... 

Finalist and prize-winner of numerous international violin competitions, such as the Henryk Wieniawski Competition in Poznan, the Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade, the Rodolfo Lipizer in Gorizia and the Gian-Battista Viotti in Vercelli Competitions, he has studied with Philip Hirschhorn, Miriam Fried, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Gérard Poulet and Jean Mouillère among others, and became in 2016 president of les Fêtes Musicales de Corbigny. 

He plays a magnificent instrument by Antonio Stradivarius (Cremona, 1713), the « Château Fombrauge », on a generous loan from Bernard Magrez.

Pascal Schumacher BioPascal Schumacher Bio

Pascal Schumacher, 1979

Pascal studied classical percussion, jazz vibraphone and musicology at music conservatories in Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Brussels and The Hague. He holds a Master’s degree in musicology from the Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg, and another in music with a focus on jazz vibraphone from the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. He has won many awards, including the Belgian Django d’Or (2005), Music:LX (2012), ECHO Jazz (2012), JTI Trier Jazz (2014), was selected for the Rising Stars program organized by the European Concert Hall Organization (2009 / 10) and appeared as the first soloist in ECHO Klassik 2017 awarded project "Ueberbach".

When he‘s not making music, Pascal likes listening to Charles Mingus, Nico Muhly, Brian Eno and J.S. Bach. He is passionate about cycling and running, and is also a big fan of ramen, the popular Japanese noodle soup. Pascal is a Yamaha Artist and lives in Luxembourg. 

Since 2017 he is the curator of the innovative 'Reset' Music Festival at Abbaye Neumünster in Luxembourg.

Knut Erik Sundquist BioKnut Erik Sundquist Bio

Knut Erik Sundquist is one of the leading bassplayers in Europe today. 

He studied in Vienna with Prof. Ludwig Streicher, and in 1986 he was appointed principal bass in the Philharmonic orchestra in Bergen, Norway. In 1993 he could no longer bear to be away from his beloved North-Norway, and moved to the town of Harstad. From here, he organizes his worldwide career as a soloist and chamber musician. 

He is a regular guest at festivals as Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Lockenhaus and Lucerne. 

His CD "Reverie", with music by Giovanni Bottesini, has earned ovations from critics both in Norway and internationally, and was awarded "Classical cd of the year" in Norway 2011. 

Knut Erik Sundquist teaches at the university in Tromsø, Norway.

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Concert halls & FestiConcert halls & Festival (selection)

Incontri in Terra di Siena, Siena (I)

Les Rencontres Musicales d'Evian les Bains (F)

Fêtes Musicales de Corbigny (F)

Schloss Elmau, Elmau (D)

Internationale Fredener Musiktage, Freden (D)

Kulturhaus Niederanven (L)


Date City Venue Project
23/03/19 Oslo (N) tba (Spring Tour) Porgy & Bess Revisited
12/06/19 Pardendone (I) Festival Porgy & Bess Revisited
07/07/19 Lockenhaus (AT) Lockenhaus Musik Festival Porgy & Bess Revisited
01/12/19 Bourglinster (L) Festival Bourglinster Porgy & Bess Revisited


Track: Bess You Is My Woman (George Gershwin)
Track: Porgy Sketch 1 (Pascal Schumacher)

Upcoming ConcertsUpcoming Concerts

23/03/19 - Porgy & Bess Revisited: tba (Spring Tour) (Oslo, N)

12/06/19 - Porgy & Bess Revisited: Festival (Pardendone, I)

07/07/19 - Porgy & Bess Revisited: Lockenhaus Musik Festival (Lockenhaus, AT)