Jethro Tull: The String Quartets, the new album by Jethro Tull singer and songwriter Ian Anderson and The Carducci String Quartet, features the classic songs of Jethro Tull, arranged and orchestrated by keyboardist John O’Hara. Anderson plays flute on most of the tracks and even sings a few lines here and there to provide his trademark sounds in the context of classical music traditions.
“Locomotive Breath,” “Living In The Past,” and “Aqualung,” are amongst the songs revised with new arrangements and titles— “Loco,” “In The Past,” and “Aquafugue.”
John O’Hara delved deeper and offered new imagining of each classic. “An orchestrator’s job is to arrange and compose a new version of an existing work.” O’Hara also felt “a responsibility to the Jethro Tull listeners who cherish this material and may not welcome a radical rendition of a beloved song.”
The String Quartets was recorded in the crypt of Worcester Cathedral, UK and in St Kenelm’s Church, Sapperton, Gloucestershire, UK.
The Carducci String Quartet is highly celebrated for its interpretation of contemporary repertoire, and are regularly invited to perform new works. The group has won international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition 2007 and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition. This Anglo-Irish quartet has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe including the Wigmore Hall, London; National Concert Hall, Dublin; Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen; Carnegie Hall, New York and Library of Congress and John F Kennedy Center, Washington DC. Festival appearances include Cheltenham Music Festival, Festival Messiaen au pays Meije, West Cork Chamber Music festival, Kuhmo Festival and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Poland. Their website is www.carducciquartet.com.
The album is available in the U.S. via The End Records/BMG.
In other news, Ian Anderson will return to the United States this May, June, August, and November to present multi-media Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson concerts in the Mountain States, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, the Midwest, Florida. He will be accompanied by Tull members David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), and by Florian Opahle (guitar), and Scott Hammond (drums). Please see below for concert dates and ticket links. More shows to be announced.
JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson - U.S. Tour
05/23 - Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City, UT
05/26 - Red Rocks Amphitheater; Morrison, CO (with the Colorado Symphony)
05/27 - Route 66 Casino; Legends Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
05/28 - Plaza Theatre PAC; El Paso, TX
05/30 - Smart Financial Centre; Sugar Land (Houston), TX
05/31 - ACL Live at the Moody Theater; Austin, TX
06/01 - Choctaw Casino, Choctaw Grand Theater; Durant, OK
08/08 - Bethlehem MusikFest, Bethlehem, PA
08/15 - Constellation Brands Marvin Sands PAC
08/18 - Meijer Gardens Amphitheater, Grand Rapids, MI
08/19 - Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
08/22 - First Niagara Presents Tuesday in the Park, Lewiston, NY
11/01 - Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
11/04 - Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grand Theatre, Mashantucket, CT
11/05 - France-Derrick PAC-Hippodrome, Baltimore, MD
11/07 - Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, FL
11/08 - Walt Disney Theater, Orlando, FL
11/09 - The Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, FL
11/10 - Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton, FL