"The Big Picture" explores the inseparable relationship between music and movies while reminding the audience of their incomparable contributions as co-stars. Clarinetist extraordinaire David Krakauer's otherworldly interpretations of the music found in a myriad of moviegoer's favorites including Sophie's Choice, Life is Beautiful, The Pianist, Radio Days, and more, will transport the audience to the shores of their memory banks while expanding their appreciation of one of life's great couples - music and movies.
Having been showered with accolades for his groundbreaking work in classical music and new klezmer, Krakauer finds himself at an artistic crossroads and is ready to enter into a new phase in his career. With an all-star crew of fellow musical renegades, Krakauer is reimagining familiar themes by such renowned film music composers as Marvin Hamlisch, Wojciech Kilar and Vangelis, as well as interpreting melodic gems by the likes of Sergei Prokofiev, Ralph Burns, John Kander & Fred Ebb and Jerry Bock that have appeared in popular films. Having already contributed to films by directors Ang Lee and Sally Potter, Krakauer takes on the challenge of bringing a modernist vision to tunes that resonate on a deeply emotional level with generations of moviegoers.
Widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet, he has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music. Known simply as "Krakauer" to his fervent following, he is nothing less than an American original who has embarked on a tremendous journey transforming the music of his Eastern European Jewish heritage into something uniquely contemporary.
David Krakauer: clarinet and bass clarinet
Sara Caswell: violin
Sheryl Bailey: electric guitar
Rob Schwimmer: piano, electric keyboards, continuum
Mark Helias: contrabass
John Hadfield: drums and percussion
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