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"Mika Stoltzman is beyond category, to use Duke Ellington's signature compliment, and she proves it here" --All About Jazz

"[Richard Stoltzman] is a craftsman of the intense moment, of the suddenly soul-piercing phrase, of the unusual gesture that opens up new interpretive space." -- The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Mika & Richard Stoltzman Duo Cantando CD Release Show

Featuring: Mika Stolzman, Marimba
Richard Stolzman, Clarinet
Eddie Gomez, Bass
Kevin Hiromoto, Drums
Peter John Stoltzman, PIano

Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman teams up with his wife, marimbist Mika Stoltzman, on an all new album titled "Duo Cantando" which will be released via the Savoy Label Group on June 23. Transcending the boundaries of classical and jazz, the renowned duo's new album showcases compositions by Bill Douglas, Chick Corea, Toru Takemitsu, John Zorn and more. "Duo Cantando" was produced by multi Grammy Award-winner Steven Epstein (Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman) and features guest performers Chick Corea on piano, Charles Dimmick on violin and Gil Rose conducting the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. The Savoy Label Group will release "Duo Cantando" on June 23.

Richard has had a long and distinguished career defying easy categorization. He's performed contemporary classical, chamber music and broken down barriers between classical and popular music most notably melding classical traditions with jazz and popular music. The highly lauded musician has won two Grammys and has been championed by composers from Olivier Messiaen and Toru Takemitzu to Mel Torme and Judy Collins. Sony just released a 40 CD box set compiling recordings on RCA, BMG and Sony. The husband and wife team have been performing extensively as a duo since 2014. Marimbist Mika also transcends boundaries performing in both the classical, jazz and new music realms. She's performed pieces by Steve Reich, John Zorn, Chick Corea and many more.

Mika produced and performed the first "Kumamoto Red Music Festival" in her hometown in September 2014 to celebrate her 50th birthday. In 2015, Mikarimba celebrated a sell-out concert at the Rockport Jazz Festival (MA) with Steve Gadd. Her duo with Richard Stoltzman is heard all over the world - New York, Boston, Austin, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Hong Kong, Mexico and Japan.

Richard Stoltzman's virtuosity, musicianship and sheer personal magnetism have made him one of today's most sought-after concert artists. As soloist with over a hundred orchestras, a captivating recitalist, an innovative jazz artist, and a prolific recording artist, this two-time Grammy Award winner has defied categorization, dazzling critics and audiences alike throughout many musical genres. Stoltzman's unique way with 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 at both the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall, and became the first wind player to receive the Avery Fisher Prize. He has performed or recorded with such jazz and pop greats as Gary Burton, the Canadian Brass, Chick Corea, Judy Collins, Steve Gadd, Eddie Gomez, Keith Jarrett, the King's Singers, Mike Manieri, George Shearing, Wayne Shorter, Mel Tormé, Spyro Gyra founder Jeremy Wall and Kazumi Watanabe. His commitment to new music has resulted in numerous premieres, including acclaimed clarinet works written for him by Steve Reich, Toru Takemitsu, Stephen Hartke, Einojuhani Rautavaara and Yehudi Wyner. 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.

Richard Stoltzman resides in Massachusetts and is a passionate Boston Red Sox baseball fan. He is also a Cordon Bleu trained pastry chef.

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