This CD is an outstanding example of how to respectfully re-interprete the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in the context of modern improvised music. Recorded 250 years after the death of the great composer, this recording attempts to be an hommage to the artist and his era, as well as underline the music´s unquenchable freshness and vigour that it maintains throughout the centuries and makes it a wonderful source of inspiration also in our time. Both having the favour of a classical background and training on their instruments, Klaus Gesing and Glauco Venier rearranged some of the better known works of J.S.Bach, and, adding their personal voices and improvisations, reinterpreted them in a most tender and delicate way.
Klaus Gesing was born in Düsseldorf/Germany on the 13th of December 1968.
Music has always been there, although it wasn´t until he changed to the tenorsaxophon at the age of 17(after some years of classical clarinet), that his improvisational talents became obvious. Encouraged and inspired by his teacher Johannes Seidemann, he started to move very fast and only two years later he won the Youth Jazz Competition of Northrhine-Westfalia (just the name of a german county).
As an immediate consequence, he was sent around half of the planet playing in the Youth Jazz Orchestra of Northrhine-Westfalia, a band sponsored by the german council of arts and the Goethe Institut. With this band he played in India, Australia, Singapur in 1988 and 1989-90 in South America, and he returned with a deep affection for folkmusic in general, that was not going to leave him again.
With confidence, due to his early success, he decided to make music his profession and immersed into studies of Jazz and classical music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague/ Netherlands. His teachers were, among others, John Ruocco(Jazz) and Leo van Oostrom (Classical Saxophone), who, in retrospect, ranks among the few deeply inspiring and respected teachers that one can meet on his way to the mastery of an instrument.
Another one of these great players and educators was Dave Liebman. Gesing met him in the course of a masterclass in The Hague, and was encouraged to focus on the sopranosaxophone for quite a while. He was invited twice by Liebman to come to the States and pass some time in the company of fellow musicians and teachers from around the world. (among them for example Michael Brecker). On and of they continued to meet on stages around europe since that time.