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The Center For The Arts Presents Ludi Hinrichs, CD Release Concert: Loss, Remembrance & Emergence
Friday, May 19th, 2017 8:00 PM Main Stage Theatre
It should come as no surprise that a fellow born in St. Louis would be attracted to music— especially jazz and blues licks for which the city on the Mississippi is best known. And when you realize that his name— abbreviated to Ludi when he was a boy— is actually Ludwig, it’s clear that his musical fate was sealed upon birth.
Ludi Hinrichs is most often identified with the trombone, but he is also an accomplished pianist, a vocalist and plays the didjeridu, among other musical devices.
His performances reveal a wide array of experiences— matched by a keen improviser’s ear and a commitment to his craft. From Nevada City clubs and galleries to concert halls in foreign lands, Ludi is always full of surprises.
This CD project is the fruition of a passionate journey inward following the loss of my wife two years
ago. I felt a wave of new material come forth, reflecting the path through contraction and expansion, as the mirror of my internal landscape constantly presented itself in its fullness.
There are poems set to music from Rumi, Hafez and other timeless observers; piano ballads dedicated to my family, my ancestry, and dear travelers; prayers and shouts of joy through the vehicle of the trombone; and, a final wish for our collective awakening, voiced through the large gong.
The concert will include material from the CD as well as some new creations with fellow music traveler, Joe Fajen, on tabla.
“I take in and respond to all sounds and styles of music that have the qualities of strength, depth, spirit, structure, beauty and intelligence. Examples include the works of J.S. Bach, Stravinsky, Mississippi delta blues, John and Alice Coltrane, the exquisite music of Bali, Balkan brass bands, and I can’t forget to mention my namesake Ludwig van Beethoven!
I still remember when I was two years old, and my mother took me to a music store on 39th Street in St. Louis. Playing the piano there was sublime! I played for quite a while, listening to the combinations of tones, colors and textures; it is still that way for me— whether composing, playing the trombone or didjeridu, singing a ballad, or working out a new piano voicing.”