The Big Picture
“The Family” from the motion picture AVALON
Directed by Barry Levinson, Music by Randy Newman
“Honeycomb” from the motion picture LENNY
Directed by Bob Fosse, Music by Ralph Burns
“THE BIG PICTURE” A Cinematic Concert
PREMIERE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014
PERFORMANCES: WEDNESDAYS & SUNDAYS, FEBRUARY 2-23, 2014
CD RELEASE: FEBRUARY 18, 2014
David Krakauer, clarinets
Rob Schwimmer, piano/keyboards
Sara Caswell, violin
Mark Helias, double bass
Sheryl Bailey, electric guitar
John Hadfield, drums/percussion
WITH PROJECTED ORIGINAL NEW VISUALS BY LIGHT OF DAY AND CUTTING ROOM FILMS
David Krakauer showcases his new project THE BIG PICTURE, a powerful new multi-media/cinematic production which pays homage both to Jewish culture specifically and in the broader sense to the journeys we all take to find meaning and connection with our roots. Bringing together an all-star cast of musicians at the Edmond J. Safra Hall in the Museum of Jewish Heritage, The Big Picture explores the inseparable connection between moving image and music.
THE BIG PICTURE may be Krakauerʼs most adventurous project to date, and will run for a period of four weeks- a first for the venue. THE BIG PICTURE features Krakauer and sextet blending virtuosity with highly individual new arrangements and interpretations of beloved movie soundtracks by renowned film music composers such as Marvin Hamlisch, Wojciech Kilar, Vangelis, Sergei Prokofiev, Ralph Burns, John Kander & Fred Ebb and Jerry Bock.
In a revolutionary twist, New York graphics giants Light of Day and Cutting Room Films have created brand new original films for the production based on Krakauer’s interpretations of soundtracks from films by the greatest masters of cinema. THE BIG PICTURE deconstructs the relationship of music to moving image, and instead of using the visual element as the starting point, the music is used as inspiration for the creation of new films. While conveying something of the essence of the original movies, the visuals also embrace Krakauer’s spirit of adventurous and individual self-discovery.
Films include such diverse gems as The Pianist, Cabaret, Radio Days, Funny Girl, and many more. Each movie has a special Jewish connection whether it is the director, actor, composer or whether it is the topic of war and persecution (Sophieʼs Choice, Life is Beautiful) or Jewish tradition (Fiddler on the Roof), mirroring Krakauer’s own journey to discover aspects of his Jewish heritage through one of his greatest passions, the movies. The accompanied projected visuals serve to amplify and underscore and amplify the memory triggers of the music.
The show is a passionate celebration of Krakauer’s identity as a person, a musician, a Jew and an American. His story, while uniquely his, also mirrors the story of America itself- a country created by those seeking to build a new life for themselves and their families, armed with dreams plus a staunch belief in the safety of self-expression and ideological freedom.
THE BIG PICTURE is a cinematic concert that takes the audience on a journey – at times joyous, at times heart-wrenching, but always engaging.