MIKA STOLTZMAN has been described by The Los Angeles Times as a “high-wire jazz marimbist... an amazing, energetic performer ready for major exposure,” and a “Japanese Marimba Maestro,” by Time Out New York. All About Jazz raves, “Mika Stoltzman is beyond category, to use Duke Ellington’s signature compliment.”

 

Stoltzman has toured in 19 countries and 65 cities around the world. She has performed ten times at Carnegie Hall (Zankel and Weill Hall), as well as at PASIC 2005 and 2007, the Blue Note in New York, the Tokyo and Cairo Jazz Festivals, and the Rockport Jazz Festival. She regularly performs around the world in a duo with her husband, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, at major venues in New York, Boston, Austin, Buenos Aires, Mexico, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, and many more.

 

Stoltzman has performed as soloist with the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Kumamoto Symphony Orchestra, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, Krakow Philharmonic, and Szombathely Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, she gave the world premiere of Chick Corea’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on marimba with the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra in Mexico and performed the work again with Orchestra Machiavelli in Italy in 2018.

 

Stoltzman released her first album Mitsue in 1998, followed by Marimba Phase in 2003. In 2010, she released a live DVD, MARIMBA MADNESS, on Big Round Records, and a new album, Mikarimba, on Video Art Music (Japan). In 2013, she released If You Believe with Steve Gadd on TeeGa Music (Japan). In 2017, Mika and Richard Stoltzman recorded a duo album titled Duo Cantando with producer Steven Epstein, guest artist Chick Corea, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), released on the DENON label (Nippon Colombia, Japan and Savoy Records, US). In addition, Stoltzman’s arrangement and performance of Tokyo/Vermont Counterpoint appears on Steve Reich’s album Triple Quartet (Nonesuch). She has also appeared on Richard Stoltzman’s album Goldberg Variations (BMG Japan) and Joe Hisaishi’s Asian X.T.C. (Universal Japan). Her latest album, Palimpsest, was released worldwide on AVIE Records (June 7, 2019). All Music stated “The most spectacular aspect is Mika Stoltzman’s imagination in realizing Bach’s polyphonic thinking in shimmering textures in the transcription of the great Chaconne, from the Partita No. 2 for solo violin, BWV 1004. Absolutely superb, an unexpected masterpiece.”

 

Stoltzman is from Amakusa, a small island in the Kumamoto prefecture in southern Japan. Her grandparents played traditional Japanese instruments, while her aunt taught piano and her father was a Kendo master. She began studying piano at age 3, and in junior high became fascinated by the drums. At 18, she found the marimba, a perfect combination of piano and percussion. She studied marimba at Toronto University with members of NEXUS, and later moved to New York in 2008. There, she studied jazz with jazz vibraphone master Mike Mainieri. She now resides in Boston. mikarimba-stoltzman.com

 

 

Richard STOLTZMAN’S virtuosity, musicianship, and sheer personal magnetism have made him one of today’s most sought-after concert artists. As soloist with more than 100 orchestras, as a captivating recitalist and chamber music performer, as an innovative jazz artist, and as a prolific recording artist, two-time Grammy Award winner Stoltzman has defied categorization, dazzling critics and audiences alike throughout many musical genres.

 

As a ten-year participant in the Marlboro Music Festival, Stoltzman gained extensive chamber music experience and subsequently became a founding member of the noted ensemble TASHI, which made its debut in 1973. Since then, Stoltzman’s unique style of playing the clarinet has earned him an international reputation, as he has opened up possibilities for the instrument that no one could have predicted. He gave the first clarinet recitals in the histories of both the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall, and in 1986 he became the first wind player to be awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. In 2006 he was awarded the prestigious Sanford Medal by the Yale School of Music, and he is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His talents as a jazz performer as well as a classical artist have been heard far beyond his annual tours. He has performed or recorded with such jazz and pop greats as Gary Burton, the Canadian Brass, Chick Corea, Judy Collins, Steve Gadd, Eddie Gómez, Keith Jarrett, the King’s Singers, George Shearing, Wayne Shorter, Mel Tormé, and Spyro Gyra founder Jeremy Wall.

 

His commitment to new music has resulted in the commissioning and premiere of numerous new works for the clarinet, among them Toru Takemitsu’s Fantasma/ Cantos, 1994 Grawemeyer Award winner for Music Composition Landscapes with Blues by Stephen Hartke, and a concerto by Einojuhani Rautavaara which premiered with conductor Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.

 

Stoltzman has a discography numbering over 60 releases on BMG/RCA, SONY Classical, MMC, BIS, Albany, and other labels, including a Grammy-winning recording of Brahms Sonatas with Richard Goode. Among Stoltzman’s most beloved releases are the album of American works Amber Waves and the Trios of Beethoven, Brahms, and Mozart with Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma, which won Stoltzman his second Grammy Award. In 2017, Sony Classical released a 40-CD retrospective box set of Stoltzman’s recordings. www.richardstoltzman.com

 

Hamilton de Holanda started playing at the age of 5 (1981) and today is one of the most acclaimed Brazilian musicians, with a career full of awards. In 2016 he received both the Latin Grammy for Best Instrumental Album and the Echo Jazz Award in Germany. De Holanda renewed the history of his instrument by adding two extra strings to the mandolin (resulting in 10 strings) and creating a unique technique for it.

 

De Holanda performs all over the world with different ensembles and collaborations. These range from solo to orchestras, from samba to jazz, from clubs to big crowds, and collaborations and recording with names like Wynton Marsalis, Chucho Valdés, Stefano Bollani, Richard Galliano, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), and Chick Corea, just to name a few. He has over 135,000 fans on Facebook.

 

Virtuosic, brilliant and unique - those are some of the adjectives used to describe this musician who sets world audiences ablaze, developing a career studded with awards.

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Eddie Gomez, Legendary bassist and two-time Grammy Award winner, has been on the cutting edge of music for over four decades. His impressive resumé includes performances with jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, and Benny Goodman.

 

Gomez’s unique sound and style can be heard on many Grammy-winning records and on hundreds of recordings spanning the worlds of jazz, classical, Latin jazz, rhythm & blues, popular, and contemporary music.

 

Born in 1944 in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Gomez moved to New York City with his family at an early age. His love of music led him to the double bass as a precocious 11-year-old student in the public school system. By 18, he had performed with such jazz luminaries as Buck Clayton, Lionel Hampton, Marian McPartland, and Paul Bley. Gomez continued his studies at the Juilliard School of Music. He became the bassist in the Bill Evans Trio at age 21, and remained with the group for 11 years. During this time, Gomez also realized another dream – performing on many occasions with the great Miles Davis, in the Davis quintet that also featured Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Tony Williams.

 

Since then, Gomez has worked with many luminaries including Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, McCoy Tyner, Hank Jones, Nancy Wilson, Tanya Maria, the All-Star groups “Steps Ahead” and “New Directions,” and many others, as well as on Grammy- winning recordings with Chick Corea. In the classical music world, Gomez has been a guest artist with The Kronos Quartet, TASHI Ensemble, Japanese marimbist Mika Yoshida (Stoltzman), and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. At Carnegie Hall, Gomez premiered a piece written for Stoltzman by William Thomas McKinley. In popular music, Gomez has performed and recorded with artists such as Bobby Darin, Tim Hardin, Carly Simon, Art Garfunkel, Mark Knoffler, Michael Franks, Judy Collins, and Jennifer Holliday. He has also been a member of “The Gadd Gang,” Steve Gadd’s All Star R&B/jazz band.

 

Today, Gomez tours and records with his own group which he formed in 1992 with pianist Stefan Karlsson and legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb. He composes for his own projects as well as for film and television, most notably for the prize-winning William Steig animation, The Amazing Bone.

www.eddiegomez.com

 

 

Steve Gadd, One of the most influential drummers of all time, set a new standard in contemporary drumming techniques and performance, and in doing so launched a thousand imitators. There is hardly a drummer alive today who in some way has not been affected by Steve Gadd, who has recorded many legendary drum tracks including “Aja,” ”50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” and “Nite Sprite.” His influence is still very much felt and can be heard in the playing of many, from Vinnie Colaiuta to Carter Beauford.

 

Stephen Kendall Gadd was born April 9, 1945 in Rochester NY. He studied music at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, playing in the wind ensemble and concert band, and at nights in a club with Chick Corea, Chuck Mangione, Joe Romano, and Frank Pullara. After college, he was drafted into the army and spent three years in a military band. By the end of the 1970s, Gadd was the most in-demand and probably the most imitated drummer in the world. In Japan, transcriptions of his solos were on sale, and all the leading Japanese drummers were sounding like him. Chick Corea commented, “Every drummer wants to play like Gadd because he plays perfect . . . He has brought orchestral and compositional thinking to the drum kit while at the same time having a great imagination and a great ability to swing.”

 

In the 1970s and 80s, Gadd cut five albums with Chick Corea, several albums with Al DiMeola, and recorded and toured with Gato Barbieri, George Benson, Stanley Clarke, Steely Dan, Joe Cocker, Maynard Ferguson, Roberta Flack, Jim Hall, and of course, Paul Simon. The 1990s saw Gadd become Eric Clapton’s first call drummer, solidifying Gadd’s reputation as one of the most accomplished and skilled drummers of his generation. Today Gadd is just as busy as he ever was, with one of the most intense recording and touring schedules in the business, spending time in the studio and on the road with Eric Clapton, James Taylor, and his own group; STEVE GADD BAND. Gadd’s influence on the drumming community can be heard in players from all walks of life, whether they know it or not. His feel, imagination, and abilities are the signatures of his trademark sound. Few others can manage to get inside a tune like Steve Gadd.

www.drstevegadd.com

 

 

Duke Gadd studied with Bob Andressi at the House of Guitars in Rochester from the age of 6 to 8, before studying at the Eastman School of Music with John Beck from 9 to 18. Gadd graduated from L.A. Music Academy in 2003, where he studied with Ralph Humphrey, Joe Pocaro, Tony Anzelaco, Sherman Furguson, Mike Shapiro, Dave Byer, and Mike Packer.

 

Besides playing drums, his main instrument, Gadd began playing bass and guitar at 16. He found that since there were times when there were no other musicians around to play with, he had to start playing other instruments by ear, including piano (with a Richard Tee influence). He recorded bass tracks for a Long Island band, John Doe, at age 15. He also plays percussion alongside his father, Steve Gadd, at various live performances.

 www.dukegadd.com

 

 

Kazunori Maruyama graduated from the Tokyo Art University Composition Course. He composed soundtracks for TV programs, such as the drama of the NHK continuous television novel “Churasan,” documentaries, animation, films “Harima Yabashi,” opera “Genji Monogatari,” and numerous arrangements for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Milan Scala Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with John Williams’s works, and for Sir James Galway.

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