James Oesi & Djuwa Mroivili

Superb chamber music by Brahms, Coleridge-Taylor, Price & Gershwin
Small Hall on Sunday
Sun 28 Apr ’24 12:00 uur

James Oesi, double bass 
Djuwa Mroivili, piano

Gershwin - Three preludes
Price - Adoration 
Dvorák - from 4 Romantic pieces: no 1 
Granados - Spanish dance no. 5 'Andaluza' 
Dvorák - Humoreske 
Brahms - Hungarian dances (selection)
Still - from A Deserted Plantation: Spiritual
Roberta Flack - The first time I ever saw your face
Coledrige-Taylor - from Twenty Four Negro Melodies: Deep River 

Sun 28 Apr ’24
12:00 uur

Rarely in the solo role, the double bass. But for once, he is allowed! And what a lot he has to say. Especially through double bass player James Oesi, who has lived in the Netherlands since 2009 and about whom his world-renowned colleague Gary Karr said: 'A sensitive musician, well informed, who has a lot to share'.

For this concert, Oesi and his pianist Djuwa Mroivili draw on folk music. In its pure form but also as it inspired composers like Brahms and Granados. From Brahms the famous dances he rounded up in Hungary; secretly, Hungarian gypsy music was his favourite. Granados was transported by the music of his country, Spain.

Quite special to have music by three Afro-Americans on the programme. For a long time they remained in the shadows; now the3 honour is restored for Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, William Grant Still and Florence Price. The latter was a discovery for Djuwa Mroivili: "When I discovered Price's work over a year ago, it was important to me. I had the feeling for the first time: this composer wants me to play her work and I can put myself into it.' George Gershwin, too, was American. Listen to his Three preludes - originally for piano - and the New York of the Roaring twenties comes alive with all its energy, hustle and bustle.

After the concert

After the concert, we will serve a cup of coffee or tea with a delicious treat. This is included with your ticket.