After years of labor, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey’s reinterpretations of Beethoven’s 3rd & 6th Symphonies premiered in June 2010 as a project entitled LUDWIG. The project, which rearranges Beethoven’s 3rd & 6th symphonies, was premiered alongside the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra as a headline performance at the OK Mozart Festival. Downbeat Magazine flew to Oklahoma to cover the event and called LUDWIG “a tour de force of jazz melded with classical.”
JFJO’s reinterpretations channel the spirits of not only Beethoven & Von Karajan but Led Zeppelin and Radiohead. Haas was thrilled to be able to return to his classical roots and describes the project as “Ellington’s Far East Suite meets the Flaming Lips,” complete with intricate arrangements, in-the-moment improvisations, and big rock breakdowns. The band & arranger, Noam Faingold, have taken the ‘Eroica’ & the ‘Pastoral’ and transformed the symphonies into contemporary music for modern audiences of young and old alike.
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