East Meets West Brunch ft: Mikarimba ft Richard Stoltzman w/ Guests FEATURING: Mikarimba featuring Richard Stoltzman Pedro Giraudo - Bass Duke Gadd - Drums Special guests: John Tropea, Guitar and Sergio Baietta, Piano
BLUE NOTE AND THE JAPAN FOUNDATION PRESENT: EAST MEETS WEST BRUNCH FT: MIKARIMBA FT RICHARD STOLTZMAN W/ GUESTS
Doors Open at 1:00PM
East Meets West Brunch ft: Mikarimba ft Richard Stoltzman w/ Guests
Mikarimba featuring Richard Stoltzman
Pedro Giraudo - Bass
Duke Gadd - Drums
Special guests: John Tropea, Guitar and Sergio Baietta, Piano
Mika Stoltzman, called "High-wire jazz marimbist... an amazing, energetic performer ready for major exposure." (LA Times) was born in Amakusa Island, Kumamoto, Japan, and now resides in Boston.
Mika released her album, Mitsue, in 1998, Marimba Phase, in 2003. In 2010 also released a live DVD, MARIMBA MADNESS (Big Round Records). Mikarimba (Video Art Music, Japan).In 2013 released If You Believe,in 2013(TeeGa music,Japan) with Steve Gadd.
Also,Her 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 Jo Hisaishi's Asian X.T.C. (Universal Japan).
Mika has performed 7 times at Carnegie Hall (Zankel & Weill),PASIC 2005&2007,Blue Note Tokyo&Nagoya and Cairo Jazz Festival. In addition to touring in 16 countries and 60 cities around the world.
She premiered Marimba Concerto with the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra and Kumamoto Symphony Orchestra. She was also guest soloist in the Kracow Philharmonic in Poland, and Szombathey Symphony Orchestra in Hungary.
In 2013, Mika's guest performance of Chick Corea's Piano Concerto No. 1 on Marimba (World Premiere) with Xalapa Symphony Orchestra in Mexico.
On August 13th 2015, Mikarimba celebrated a sell-out concert at the Rockport Jazz Festival (MA) with Steve Gadd.
Mika produced and performed the first “Kumamoto Red Music Festival” in her hometown in September 2014 for celebrate her 50 years anniversary.
She has been performing actively with the duo “The Stotlzmans on Clarinet and Marimba” with Richard Stoltzman. They have been performing globally in New York, Boston, Austin, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Japan.
2017, they released a duo album CD" Duo Cantando" produced by Stephen Epstein, guest artist Chick Corea and BMOP(Boston Modern Orchestra).
"Mika Stoltzman is beyond category, to use Duke Ellington's signature compliment, and she proves it here" (All About Jazz, 2013)