In MUHAMMAD, Ikarai takes on a whole new approach to the sport of boxing. The epic fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaïre (now Congo), The Rumble in the Jungle, is a perfect fit to be given a musical score: rhythmic, gracious, honest but with heavy blows.
Ikarai, consisting of violin, viola, cello, bass, piano and drums, uniquely blends the worlds of classical composition and improvisation into the soundtrack of a tale never told. For each new concert program they take an existing story and underscribe it with their musical score. In their previous program, FLY, they took on the myth of Icarus. Now, it’s Muhammad Ali.
Performing only original material, Ikarai sounds like no other. Whilst referring to the European classical tradition, their compositions highlight improvisation, interplay and spontaneity. Finding an honest blend between these elements characterizes Ikarai’s vision of the future of modern music.