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Just as Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven were settling the backbone of Western European musical canon, across the Atlantic, slave songs and spirituals were being created and sung in the American Colonies which would eventually become the newly formed United States. From spirituals also came ragtime, barbershop, jazz, gospel, blues, rock, and even techno and many forms of electronic music. The universality of this music and all its evolutions of power and beauty has spread globally and changed us all forever.
The newly curated programme by Reginald Mobley in partnership with French pianist, Baptiste Trotignon explores songs by Black composers (such as HT Burleigh, Florence Price, J Rosamond Johnson) on the texts of great poets (Langston Hughes and Paul Laurence Dunbar).
The programme will be recorded for a disc with ALPHA Classics entitled Spirituals.
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About Reginald Mobley
American countertenor Reginald Mobley is highly sought after for the baroque, classical and modern repertoire. He is a regular guest with a wide range of baroque ensembles, festivals and orchestras in the United States such as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, Agave Baroque, Seraphic Fire, Bach Collegium San Diego, San Francisco Early Music Society, Opera Lafayette, Chatham Baroque, Washington Bach Consort, Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Vancouver, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Seattle and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, as well as Chicago Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic.
In Europe, Reginald has been invited to perform with Freiburger Barockorchester, Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra, Holland Baroque, Academy of Ancient Music, OH! in Poland and Orchester Wiener Akademie. He recently performed the role of Ottone in L'incoronazione di Poppea in the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s production at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, MUPA (Budapest) and Teatro di Vicenza.
Reginald’s recordings have been received with great critical acclaim, most recently American Originals with Agave Baroque ensemble, recorded with Acis Productions, which is nominated for a GRAMMY Award. His solo recording debut with ALPHA Classics will be released in June 2023.
About Baptiste Trotignon
French jazz pianist, Baptiste Trotignon, has established himself as one of the most versatile pianists, and was described by ‘Le Monde’ as "a lesson, a model: perfection from A to Z". He was brought to the public’s attention in the early 2000's after releasing major solo and trio albums, and winning prestigious awards, including Prix Django Reinhardt, Best French Newcomer at the 2003 Victoires du Jazz, the 2002 Martial Solal International Piano Competition, the 2011 SACEM Grand Prix and Echo Jazz Award in Germany in the Best Instrumentalist-Keyboards category in 2018.
He has since developed a number of eclectic encounters, performing alongside artists like Tom Harrell, Stefano Di Battista, Aldo Romano, Natalie Dessay, Ibrahim Maalouf, Archie Shepp, Kennie Wheeler, and Brad Mehldau, as well as the highly acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey, with whom he recorded a Kurt Weill CD, which was the New York Times’ Album of the Year 2017. For Sony, he has explored South American musical traditions and has made his second recording for ALPHA Classics, together with American countertenor Reginald Mobley.
As a composer, Baptiste Trotignon wrote two piano concertos and was commissioned by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France for his first symphonic piece "Hiatus et turbulences", premiered in Paris in 2018.