Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony have released a new recording featuring the unforgettable live performances of Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird, along with Russian composer Vladimir Nikolaev’s thrilling tribute to Seattle’s own Jimi Hendrix, The Sinewaveland, which premiered during the first ever Sonic Evolution concert at Benaroya Hall.
Sonic Evolution was designed and launched by Ludovic as a cross-genre concert presentation. The Sinewaveland was one of four pieces premiered during the October 2011 concert that paid tribute to Nirvana, Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix. Of this commission, Nikolaev recalls: “[Jimi Hendrix] was my idol already during my school years! I listened spellbound to his albums, which were accessible in the USSR only on the overused reels. I learned to play the guitar by listening to his recordings. His music combines spontaneity, lack of restraint and improvisational approach with well-composed forms, refinement and accuracy of details. It may seem unusual, but my path into serious music opened up with rock music rather than Mozart or Beethoven.”