its German origins, Joachim Horsley has retained a taste for classical music. In Los Angeles, where he grew up – his mother had married an american – the young musician was immersed in this transversality typically american. Los Angeles, his city, pushed Joachim Horsley to a career as a composer and arranger for film and TV series.
Havana, where he lived in 2015, he will be inspired in another way. There, he comes to the idea of revisiting the great classics to the local colour. His first experiment focuses on the seventh of Beethoven, including his adaptation of the famous melody way rumba. Immediate success: on the Net, the song harvest several million views. Joachim did not intend to stay there and decides to deploy the idea on an album: Via Havana . It covers a few of the pieces of the most well-known of the classical music: 40th of Mozart, the Moldau of Smetana, the Danse Macabre of Camille Saint-Saëns, the New World Symphony of Dvorak. One way rumba, the other in a style more haïtien, the third more close to the rhythms of african…
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of course, others have tried before him to this kind of exercise, and without its immense business, the result could very well be insipid and without interest. However, the disc is masterful. Joachim, not content to turn these melodies, also adapts to the percussion, when it is not on the piano itself that its acolytes percussionists hit! After his concert at the Café de la danse, which has labeled its drive, we met the foundation Cortot in Paris, the last high school of music private are trained each year nearly 800 students.
Joachim, who was sitting behind a steinway, we book an impressive demonstration. Very friendly and available, he does not tire of explaining its work of reconstruction that he is passionate about. Before leaving the premises, he takes a look at the gorgeous concert hall, art deco: can be one day, will he / she play in this temple of great music. As if to prove that music can cross the time and to be of its time without being hackneyed.