Grammy nominated clarinetist, cultural visionary and raconteur extraordinaire David Krakauer (called an “ebullient clarinet wizard” by Time Out New York) brings his powerful multi-media production, THE BIG PICTURE, to Europe.Krakauer leads an all-star sextet of remarkable New York musicians who take the audience on an exciting and highly entertaining journey through self-discovery and shared cultural identity.
It is true multi-media storytelling, where Krakauer acts as the audience’s tour guide through a landscape of collective memory, emotional catharsis and pure entertainment. Music and the movies are the through-line of it all. As the Village Voice writes: “Krakauer will lovingly render, or unapologetically mess with, music from such films as Cabaret, Lenny, Avalon, Love and Death, The Producers and Funny Girl. The moods range from pure balladic elegance to ballsy rocking out.”To enhance the story, New York graphics giants Light of Day have created 12 original highly evocative short films for THE BIG PICTURE based on Krakauer’s adventurous reimagining of the themes from 12 well-known films. Rather than writing the music to moving image, Krakauer and Light of Day turned the process upside-down with the music acting as the starting point for the films. The visuals embrace Krakauer’s adventurous and individual spirit of self-discovery.
"For the music part," says Krakauer, "I've taken themes from iconic films with Jewish content and reimagined them with a band of world-class musicians. The Big Picture has become more special than I'd ever imagined. It brought me to a new emotional level, reminding me of the incredible resiliency of my great grandparents, arriving from Eastern Europe with virtually nothing and how they were able to overcome incredible poverty and anti-Semitism to succeed. I've never been prouder to be Jewish. But at the same time I think this project really speaks about how people across the ages have found ways to survive in the face of adversity. That's not just the Jewish experience. It's everyone's struggle."
THE BIG PICTURE pays homage to both Krakauer's personal discovery of his cultural heritage and in the broader sense, to the journeys we all take to find meaning and connection with our roots.THE BIG PICTURE includes highly individual new arrangements and interpretations of familiar 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. Movies include such diverse gems as Sophie's Choice, 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 (Sophie's Choice, Life is Beautiful) or Jewish tradition (Fiddler on the Roof).