Christoph Bull Concert
To celebrate the launch of his new album, “First and Grand,” recorded at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Christoph Bull gave a private concert of his signature organ music at the historic Villa Aurora in the Pacific Palisades.
“I call my style holistic,” Bull said, describing his music as classical, but with a rock attitude. “I grew up with all different kinds of music – music wasn’t as compartmentalized as it is today. A radio station might play The Doors and then Stravinsky.”
Continuing, Bull said, “Some people think classical music is supposed to be polite, this rarefied thing. My music has a solid, classical foundation, but when I play music, I like to ‘bring it on.’ I like to come out and lay it on the line.”
Ken Goldstein, CEO of Six Shooter LA and author of “The Way of the Nerd” book series, hosted the Dec.11 Christoph Bull concert. Other guests included Bernie Grundman, Richard Martinez, Alejandro Leda, Bob Johnson, Jennifer Zobelein, Mike Todd and David Wheatley.
The picturesque villa, once owned by a couple fleeing from Nazi Germany, had been a historic gathering place for artists and intellectuals with frequent guests including Thomas Mann, Heinrich Mann, Bertolt Brecht, Fritz Lang, Kurt Weill, Albert Einstein, Arnold Schonberg, Marlene Dietrich, Charlie Chaplin and others. It is now an artists’ residence, international meeting place and a German-American cultural exchange.
In this intimate setting, Bull played excerpts from his new album, which include classical themes by Beethoven and Couperin in a style that weaves together influences from classical, jazz, rock and film music. Bull said the album is the first complete album of pipe organ music recorded at Disney Hall, on an instrument which he called unique in the world, as the façade pipes are curving rather than straight, as designed by architect Frank Gehry in collaboration with organ builders Glatter-Goetz and Rosales.
Bull has performed throughout the world. In Los Angeles, he has appeared at Royce Hall at U.C.L.A., First Congregational Church, Whisky A Go Go, the Viper Room, the Roxy Theatre, Cinespace and the Hotel Café. He’s played Disney Hall one day and the Kibitz Room at Canter’s Deli the next.
“There’s nothing like playing venues like Disney Hall, but I take pride in playing all these other venues. They all influence what I do.”
The next Christoph Bull concert will take place Jan. 29, at Concordia University Irvine, Center for Performing Arts, followed by another concert Feb. 12, at Bridges Hall of Music, Pomona College, CA.
Photos, top and center of the Christoph Bull concert at the Villa Aurora by Logan Jay; photo below of Christoph Bull at the concert at the Villa Aurora by Tiffany Gilman.
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Christoph Bull Concert
Published Dec. 23, 2011 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA