Sidewalk Dances: Fourteen Moondog Pieces

Fourteen of Moondog’s most significant works – including Dog Trot, Bumbo, All is Loneliness and Bird’s Lament – as well as new transcriptions of his street recordings. Joanna MacGregor directs a stellar line-up of Andy Sheppard, Kuljit Bhamra, Shri Sriram, Seb Rochford and Britten Sinfonia.

Joanna MacGregor’s stunning new arrangements of fourteen of Moondog’s most famous pieces are re-imaginings for larger forces, with a spectacular line-up of some of today’s most cutting-edge jazz musicians, along with the brilliant Britten Sinfonia. Radically rewritten, each track retains Moondog’s irresistible trademarks – short and snappy, of the street, melodic and joyful, and characterized by a pounding beat.
Bachtrack, 20th Birthday Gala Concert at the Barbican

A triumph: the varied forces give Moondog’s obsessive riffs atmospheric lift; these dances are intoxicating. — The Times 

MacGregor’s arrangements are exhilarating and Sheppard and the Britten Sinfonia play with feeling. — BBC Music Magazine

A real treat from one of the most original musicians at work in this country. — The Observer 

 

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