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A fusion of Mozart and Monk, imagined anew

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May 10, 2007

No, it's not a misspelling. "Musaic" is described by Uri Caine and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as a combination of classical performances and "jazz and genre-bending re-imaginings." Pianist Caine, despite his solid jazz credentials, has always had interests that roved freely across stylistic boundaries. His 16 albums as a leader include highly idiosyncratic excursions through the music of Mozart, Mahler, Wagner, Schuman, Bach, Beethoven and Thelonious Monk. This time out, as the composer in residence with the LACO, he has assembled a three-night festival of music in which "straight" performances by the orchestra are followed by Caine's "re-imaginings" for his jazz sextet.

"Musaic" at the Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., Culver City.

* Today, 7:30 p.m.: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra players perform selections by Mahler and Brahms. 9:30 p.m.: Uri Caine's jazz ensemble performs his re-imaginings of Mahler's music.

* Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra players perform selections by Mozart. 9:30 p.m.: Caine's ensemble performs his re-imaginings of Mozart.

* Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra players perform new works by Caine, McNeely and Wolfgang. Second set: the Rova Saxophone Quartet.

Tickets for individual sets, $25, available online at www.laco.org. Tickets for both sets on the same day are $40; festival passes, $99, both available only by phone at (213) 622-7001, Ext. 215. Any remaining tickets will be available at the Jazz Bakery box office on the evening of the performance.

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