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Richard + Mika Stoltzman Salute Chick Corea at Carnegie 5/30
(Published: April 30, 2013)

Marimbist Mika Stoltzman and Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman Join Forces to Premiere Eight Works by Top Composers Including Steve Reich, Chick Corea, John Zorn, and More

New Genre! Part 2

When: Thursday, May 30th at 8:00pm
Where: Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, 154 West 57th Street, NYC,
Train: N/Q/R/B/D/E to 7th Avenue, A/B/C/D/1 to Columbus Circle
Tickets: $50. To reserve seats, please visit www.carnegiehall.org or call 212.247.7800.
Media Contact: April Thibeault, AMT PR, 212.861.0990, april@amtpublicrelations.com

New York City, NY (For Release April 29, 2013) --- World renowned artists Mika and Richard Stoltzman return to Carnegie Hall for their much anticipated New Genre! Part 2 concert featuring eight world premiere works written and/or arranged specifically for them. Attracted by the multifarious, genre-busting artistry of premier jazz marimbist Mika Stoltzman, today's most revered composers and performers gather for this special one-night only occasion. Program highlights include: the world premieres of The Nymphs for Solo Marimba by John Zorn and Burning Bright by William Thomas McKinley; works by Steve Reich and Bill Douglas; special guest artists including the Harlem String Quartet and vocalist Gayle Moran Corea, to name a few; and a robust dedication to Chick Corea featuring six of his pieces including his 2013 Grammy award-winning work Mozart Goes Dancing. (See complete program below.)

While the headliners are best known as classical musicians, they play and record compositions by jazz luminaries such as Keith Jarrett, Mike Mainieri, and Chick Corea. "Mika's authentic take on the marimba serves as a milestone," explains Richard. "Her multifarious playing builds a bridge between drums and piano and strings, and similarly between jazz, classical, pop and folk music. Mika proved at last year's concert New Genre! Part 1 that the marimba is truly genre-busting." This year, we're stretching the instrument's capabilities even further by collaborating with established ensembles, artists and even a vocalist."

Half of the evening's program salutes the incomparable Chick Corea, an on-going collaborator with both Mika and Richard and a marimba enthusiast himself. Six of his pieces (four of which are rearranged works for marimba) will be performed including his Grammy award-winning Mozart Goes Dancing which took Best Instrumental Composition marking his first Grammy as a composer. Another program highlight is his Marika Groove for marimba, clarinet, bass and drums. "Creating this composition for Mika was a pure joy. And a special joy to also write for my old friend Richard Stoltzman - the rubato solo in the middle is written especially for him. Mika brings a joyful enthusiasm to the marimba that is captivating."

About Mika Stoltzman
"High-wire jazz marimbist... an amazing, energetic performer ready for major exposure." (LA Times) Born in Amakusa Island, Kumamoto, Japan, Mika studied at the University of Toronto, studies jazz privately with jazz vibe master, Mike Mainieri, and now resides in NYC. She has devoted herself to marimba performance and musical studies under the strong influence of the NEXUS. Mika's first album Mitsue (1998) preceded her follow-up CD Marimba Phase (2003), followed by her latest album Mikarimba (Video Art Music, Japan 2010). In 2012, Mika released of a live DVD Marimba Madness which featured Steve Gadd, Eddie Gomez and Peter John Stoltzman on piano. She has performed worldwide ranging from Carnegie Hall's Zankel + Weill Halls, Tokyo, Blue Note clubs throughout Japan, and PASIC. Mika premiered both John Wyre's Moonlight for marimba and orchestra with the Kyushu Symphony, and Bill Douglas's marimba concerto with the Kumamoto Symphony Orchestra. She was also guest soloist in both the Kracow Philharmonic in Poland, and the Szombathely Symphony Orchestra in Hungary. Her arrangement and performance of "Tokyo/Vermont Counterpoint" appears on Steve Reich's CD Triple Quartet (Nonesuch)." Mika has been described as "a flame dancing before her instrument" (New York City Concert Review), who recently celebrated sold-out recitals throughout the Blue Note Jazz clubs in Japan with her group, MIKARIMBA, featuring Steve Gadd, Eddie Gomez and Stefan Karlsson. Slated for a 2013 release, Mika's latest album "If You Believe" (produced by Steve Gadd) recorded with Harlem String Qurtet, John Tropea(Guitar, Eddie Gomez(Bass), Steve & Duke Gadd (drums and per.), and Richard Stoltzman features works by Chick Corea, Bill Douglas, Jeff Bebko, Marcos Valle, and more. www.mikarimbamadness.com

About Richard Stoltzman
Clarinetist Richard Stolzman is arguably the world's best-known clarinetist, who has both helped to broaden the repertory for classical clarinet and made numerous forays into jazz, Latin and crossover styles. Over a long career, he has accomplished a number of firsts for his instrument, becoming the first wind player to receive the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, and the first clarinetist to give solo recitals in Carnegie Hall and at the Hollywood Bowl. He has appeared with orchestras and chamber groups around the world, performed with pop artists like Mel Torme and Judy Collins, and won two Grammy Awards. www.richardstoltzman.com

More Information: http://www.carnegiehall.org

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