Friday, January 12, 2018

Venue Change Reminder - Chick Corea to Perform in Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Jan 19, 2018

A Unique Concert 
Experience of a 
Lifetime Awaits -
Chick Corea Solo!

Friday, January 19, 2018 ~ 7:30pm
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
39 Beach Lagoon Rd
Amelia City, Florida 32034

CHICK COREA has attained iconic status in music. The keyboardist, composer and bandleader is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history with 63 nods – and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin Grammys. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children’s songs to chamber and symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career since playing with the genre-shattering bands of Miles Davis in the late ’60s and early ’70s.
Yet Chick has never been more productive than in the 21st century, whether playing acoustic piano or electric keyboards, leading multiple bands, performing solo or collaborating with a who’s who of music. Underscoring this, he has been named Artist of the Year three times this decade in the DownBeat Readers Poll. Born in 1941 in Massachusetts, Chick remains a tireless creative spirit, continually reinventing himself through his art. As The New York Times has said, he is “a luminary, ebullient and eternally youthful.”

Chick’s classic albums as a leader or co-leader include Now He Sings, Now He Sobs (with Miroslav Vitous and Roy Haynes), Paris Concert (with Circle: Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland and Barry Altschul) and Return to Forever (with Return to Forever: Joe Farrell, Stanley Clarke, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim), as well as Crystal Silence (with Gary Burton), My Spanish Heart, Remembering Bud Powell, and Further Explorations (with Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian).

A venturesome collaborator, Chick has teamed with artists from jazz legend Lionel Hampton to new-generation pianist Stefano Bollani, from banjoist Béla Fleck to vocal superstar Bobby McFerrin. Chick’s duo partnerships with Gary Burton and Herbie Hancock have endured decades.

Chick’s 2014 release ranks as a new classic in his discography: Trilogy, a live triple-disc set with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade. Winner of two Grammys, the album documents this trio interpreting classic Chick compositions (such as “Spain”), plus previously unreleased pieces by the pianist (“Piano Sonata: The Moon”), an array of jazz standards and even a Prelude by Alexander Scriabin. All About Jazz noted: “This one certainly ranks among his most memorable trios… [Corea] has never been more active—and with albums as superb as Trilogy … clearly at the top of his game.”

Rare for a “jazz musician,” Chick received the Richard J. Bogomolny Award from Chamber Music America in 2010, and he broke new ground as a composer with The Continents: Concerto for Jazz Quintet and Chamber Orchestra, (listen to a sample below) released in 2013 by a storied classical label, Deutsche Grammophon. Chick recorded his first album of solo piano in 1971, and he continued his intimate journey with the instrument on Solo Piano – Portraits. For the 2013 album The Vigil, Chick put together a new-era electro/acoustic quintet, featuring himself on keyboards and longtime associate Tim Garland on reeds, alongside some hot young players.

For a sold-out international tour and live album in 2008, Chick reconvened his pioneering jazz-rock fusion band Return to Forever, which he founded in 1972. Then in 2011 a new version of Return to Forever – with Clarke, White, Jean-Luc Ponty and Frank Gambale – toured the world to acclaim, yielding the live CD/DVD The Mothership Returns.
2015 has found Chick himself as active as he’s ever been. A major highlight of the year was Chick’s hugely acclaimed world tour with fellow piano legend Herbie Hancock, reuniting for their first full-scale tour as a duo since 1978. That first duet outing—just the pair of world-class musicians playing acoustic pianos—resulted in a pair of massively popular album still viewed as benchmarks today. Corea & Hancock filled some of the greatest venues on the planet. Said Chick about the tour, “Herbie is my longtime friend, one of my most important teachers and big musical inspirations. To be able to share the stage each night with him is such a highlight of the creative imagination for me.”


MIRO QUARTET: February 9
The critically acclaimed Miró Quartet performs around the world on the most important concert stages and at the most prestigious chamber music festivals. The ensemble has won first prizes at major national and international competitions, including the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition. In 2005, the Miró Quartet became the first ensemble ever to be awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant.

GIL SHAHAM: February 15
Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time. Named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America, he is sought after throughout the world for concerto performances with leading orchestras and gives recitals on the world’s great concert stages and at the most important festivals. Mr. Shaham’s more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs have earned multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix due Disque, Diapason d’Or and Gramophone’s Editor Choice.

Since winning the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself as an internationally renowned master. Regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of Chopin’s music, Mr. Ohlsson has at his command more than 80 concertos, ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century, many commissioned for him. He has collaborated with the Cleveland, Emerson and Tokyo string quartets, and his ten-disc set of the complete Beethoven sonatas has garnered critical acclaim, including a Grammy for Vol. 3

DOVER QUARTET: March 18, April 8
Catapulted to prominence after sweeping the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Dover Quartet has become a major presence on the international scene. Called “the young American string quartet of the moment” by the New Yorker, the Dover was named Cleveland Quartet Award winner for the 2016–17 and 2017–18 seasons and was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant in March 2017. Members of the Dover will mentor promising young musicians from the Jacksonville area at a free master class on March 17.

GRASCALS: April 15, 16, 17
The Grascal’s cutting-edge bluegrass music has earned three Grammy nominations, two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association and national media attention. The group has made over 150 appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, and honors include performing twice for President George W. Bush and at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball at the Smithsonian.

Violinist Chee-Yun, winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 1990 Avery Fisher Career Grant, performs regularly with the world's foremost orchestras. A noted recitalist and chamber musician, she has performed to critical acclaim on five continents.
Cellist Andres Diaz won First Prize in the 1986 Naumburg International Cello Competition and was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Recipient of critical acclaim for his performances around the globe, he holds The Koerner Chair in Cello at The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Pianist Wendy Chen debuted at the age of 15 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under conductor André Previn and became the youngest winner ever of the National Chopin Competition in 1990. She has garnered critical acclaim for her engagements with leading orchestras and concert halls worldwide.

ELIZABETH PRIDGEN: Closing Gala, April 29
Julie Coucheron, who has won prizes in Italy, Germany and the U.S., has worked with such renowned musicians as Lazar Berman, Claude Frank, Emanuel Ax and Vladimir Feltsman. She has toured internationally, playing in Verizon Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Elizabeth Pridgen, a distinguished soloist and chamber musician, is artistic director of the Atlanta Chamber Players. She is Distinguished Artist and Piano Chair at the McDuffie Center for Strings and holds the G. Leslie Fabian Piano Chair at the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University. The duo has performed at the Kon-Tiki Chamber Music Festival in Norway.

The 2018 season will include four free performances open to the public. And as part of the Festival’s ongoing education outreach, two performances will feature the Beth Newdome Fellowship Artists, composed of promising students from the nation’s leading conservatories.

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