Our new album, Dance with me, is out now! We truly hope that it will inspire all generations to put on those dancing shoes and to experience and listen to the music the way it was intended; whilst dancing, swaying, tapping and jiving!
This album celebrates dance music, from waltz to tango, from slow foxtrot to quickstep, from samba to jive. Seventy years of music rooted in the 1920s, assembled by the enthusiastic musicians of the LUDWIG Orchestra, who have taken to playing them at festivals, alongside their usual programmes devoted to Stravinsky or Schoenberg, to get the audience dancing – a phenomenal success story that now becomes an album, Dance with me!
“On the album you’ll find a broad pallet of dance music from the twentieth century: twelve different dances from the slowfox to the salsa and from the tango to the jive, which is Barbara’s favourite dance. The aim is to go on a worldwide tour with Dance with Me in the coming years.” says Peppie Wiersma, artistic director of LUDWIG and initiator of this project.
For this project, we naturally turned to a partner dear to our hearts, Barbara Hannigan, with whom we recorded two albums, La Passione and Crazy Girl Crazy, which received a Grammy Award in 2018, in collaboration with composer-arranger Bill Elliott.
‘I was thrilled to go back to this aspect of my musical roots, to reawaken special memories of singing and playing keyboards with a dance band in Nova Scotia’, says Barbara Hannigan. ‘Couples were smiling and dancing to tunes like Moonlight Serenade and In the Mood with a few polkas thrown in towards the end of the evening.’ The Canadian soprano performs four songs, including I could have danced all night, Moonlight Serenade and Kurt Weill’s famous and moving Youkali.
More musicians round out the guest-list for the party – the incredibly talented trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin-Vary and our friends from the Berlage Saxophone Quartet.
Dance with me: an invitation to feel happy and light-hearted!
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