How would it sound: "if a time machine were to bring together some late-sixteeth-century Spanish musicians, a continuo section led by Bach, and players from Ellington's 1940 band, and if John Paul Jones stepped in with the bass line of "Dazed & Confused"....?

According to Alex Ross, the celebrated music critic of "The New Yorker", this band of musical time travellers would find common ground far more quickly than one would imagine.

In his article “Chacona, Lamento, Walking Blues”,  Ross describes how the chaconne and lamento bassline stretches across several centuries, from its probable origins in the Spanish New World in the 16th century into the 20th century and the arrival of blues, jazz and rock music.

The Sheridan Ensemble takes this article as an inspiration, throws music from different eras and genre into a virtual melting pot and creates a gripping musical experience which shows the audience that all sorts of good music - regardless of style or epoch - can indeed stand side-by-side on the concert platform.

"Chacona, Lamento, Walking Blues" - the story of a bass line over five centuries

Example set A:

Claudio Monteverdi - Lamento della Ninfa
Antonio Bertali - Ciaconna in C
Luigi Rossi - Passacaglia
John Dowland - Lachrimae Antiquae
Radiohead - Exit Music (For a Film)
Henry Purcell - Dido's Lament

 

Example set B:

The Eagles - Hotel California
Rogers & Hart - My Funny Valentine
György Ligeti - Improvisation on "Musica Ricercata VII"
Claudio Monteverdi - Zefiro torna
Miles Davis - All Blues
Jake Holmes - Dazed & Confused
English trad. - Dance to Your Daddy

 

Instrumentation (6-9 players):
Soprano, flute, violin, violoncello, harpsichord & chamber organ, piano, vibraphone, theorbo, Baroque guitar & dance