In its most explosive program to date, Red Priest explores the connections--real and imagined--between gypsy musicians and the master composers of the 17th and 18th centuries. Were early Baroque maestri such as Castello and Biber inspired by the insane virtuosity and improvisational skills of the travelling gypsies of the time, or did the gypsies up their game when they heard the dazzling new instrumental techniques developed in court and church? And how might the music of Handel or Vivaldi sound in the hands of an 18th century gypsy band? Exploring the Eastern European folk influences ever present in the music of Telemann, and the recently discovered Uhrovska Collection of gypsy dance tunes from 1730, Red Priest combines its trademark baroque dynamism with true gypsy mayhem!
Red Priest is the only early music group in the world to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and Cirque du Soleil. This extraordinary acoustic foursome has been described by music critics as “visionary and heretical,” “outrageous yet compulsive,” “wholly irreverent and highly enlightened,” “completely wild and deeply imaginative,” with a “red-hot wicked sense of humor” and a “break-all-rules, rock-chamber concert approach to early music.”
"Red Priest is like no other early music instrumental ensemble you have ever heard... bringing glee to the concert scene for a decade or more... transforming Baroque clichés into vivid drama, often at terrific speed and with practiced coordination.” ~ DAILY TELEGRAPH