Steven Hancoff has transcribed and recorded, for the first time, Bach’s Cello Suites for acoustic guitar, and created an amazing inter-disciplinary project in the process.
From Tragedy to Transcendence takes the audience on a vicarious journey—Johann Sebastian Bach’s existential, archetypal and universal journey—with virtuosic guitar playing, storytelling with music, video, hundreds of historic images and spectacular contemporary art, all of it inspired by the music of J.S. Bach.
The multi-media presentation combines a visual feast that includes historical elements as well as purely emotional art choices. The sublime music of the suites achieves a whole new dimension when transposed for acoustic guitar. The balance of the intellectual and the emotional aspects of the presentation is exquisite, information as well as ideas flow naturally and at the end Hancoff performs live the Prelude from the first Suite.
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