If Bach, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Puccini, Ravel and Satie were alive today, what would they listen to and be influenced by? What would/did their music sound like with the freshness of newness? What if we found the resulting experiments hidden away in their secret files? Since this is impossible to know, we have instead taken a creative route to live out these flights of imagination and try to reconnect with the spirit in which these works were born to the world.
The New York City-based BM4 (BurgstallerMartignon4) performs an exciting and inventive hybrid of Classical and Jazz that has simultaneously ignited the excitement of fans of both genres. Their concerts straddle Jazz and Classical, inventively and organically combining them while remaining sophisticated and accessible.
Their debut recording Mozart's Blue Dreams & Other Crossover Fantasies (Summit Records & C.A.R.E. Music Group) was thrust in its very first week into the Top-50 JazzRadio Charts, and was featured on over 100 Jazz and Classical stations. BM4's follow-up CD Bach's Secret Files and More Crossover Fantasies (Summit, C.A.R.E.) has continued that success, playing on again over 100 stations and charting for several months on the Roots Radio Charts (under Paul Simon, but right above the Beastie Boys).
Visit their website http://www.bm4music.com
Bach's Secret Files
Dig That Mozart!
- "hip and approachable... majestically sublime beauty... marvelous!"
- AllAboutJazz.com (Dan McClenaghan)
- "This quartet is on to something quite marvelous: a hybrid interplay between jazz and classical music - even opera - that should please fans of both genres, and expose the separatists to the virtues of each form...delightful..."
- JazzNotes (Ken Franckling)
- "ingenious... ethereal moments of true beauty and genius"
- AllAboutJazz.com (C. Michael Bailey)
- "Masterly combined mind and heart"
- Schwabische Post (Germany)
- "...a superb marriage of Jazz and Classical music. Burgstaller's tone on trumpet is gorgeous and expressive... The virtuosity of these group of musicians allows them to played with comfort either Jazz, Latin Jazz or Classical."
- JazzTimes (Wilbert Sostre)
- "Stunning... (Mozart) surely would consider (this) hip if he revisited the planet to jam with them."
- JazzNotes (Ken Franckling)
- "Recommended. Very tasteful for lovers of both genres."
- RadioIo.com (Michael Matheny)
- "very engaging music, beautifully crafted and likely to please both the jazz and classical listener."
- Jazz Society of Oregon
- "...a very entertaining jazz classical mix that served the old and young masters of both genres to all honor."
- Augsburger Allegemeine (Germany)
- "Creates a stirring spell... Combines centuries–separated styles to a new admirable listening experience... A refreshing, extraordinary listening pleasure"
- Donau Kurier (Germany)
- "...delightful... rich... delicious... dramatic... brilliant... Fans with open ears will be rewarded by hearing these outstanding performances."
- AllMusicGuide (Ken Dryden)
- "...a superior instrumental performance in itself, with Burgstaller's quiet trumpet stylings."
- AllMusicGuide (James Manheim)
BM4 records for Summit Records (North America) and C.A.R.E. Music Group (Europe).