Jun 6


Schorr Family Firehouse Stage

BY Mike Holober and Balancing Act

Goodwill Theatre will present “Mike Holober and Balancing Act”, a concert featuring pianist and composer Mike Holober with seven friends including local Jazz expert Al Hamme, exploring music ranging from free jazz to pop and from jazz standards to Brazilian, Sunday, June 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City. The group will be joined by a special guest vocalist Melissa Stylianou from New York City.

This concert, which will blend a variety of jazz forms into an exciting and interactive event, is the finale of Goodwill Theatre’s 2011-2012 Triple Cities Triple Jazz Concert Series, sponsored by The Oakdale Mall.

The program will select from arrangements by Mike Holober. Selections from, Johnny Green’s Body and Soul, The Shadow of Your Smile by Johnny Mandel, Cole Porter’s Everything I Love, as well as Idris and Finale from Suite for Dewey Redman and Paul Bley by Jason Rigby. And Grace at Sea, Canyon, When There were Trains, and That Was All it Took by Mike Holober.

Mike Holober is a pianist, composer-arranger, and educator with vast experience. He is currently Artistic Director and Conductor of Westchester Jazz Orchestra and Composer-In-Residence with The Gotham Wind Symphony. He has performed and recorded with many orchestras including The HR Big Band in Frankfort, The WDR Big Band in Cologne and The Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, to name a few. In addition to directing Westchester Jazz Orchestra and his own big band, The Gotham Jazz Orchestra, Mike holds the piano chairs in The Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra, The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra, and The NewYorkestra.

Holober is also an associate professor at The City College of NY where he directs big band and teaches jazz composition and improvisation. In 2007 Mike became associate music director of the BMI Jazz Composer’s workshop. He is a MacDowell Fellow, Ucross Foundation Fellow and Corporation of Yaddo Guest.

When speaking about music, Holober states, “The same music is a different thing to different people, evoking different memories and feelings.” He added, “This concert is an opportunity to share some of those feelings, to present some existing projects, to have some old friends meet some new ones, and to write new things for friends” ‘The music is from many sources, ranging from “free jazz” to “pop,” and from projects I lead to projects where I am a happy sideman.”

When asked about his compositions Holober commented on “Canyon,” the title of his first recording as leader as, “An early attempt at a long-form work for a small group. There is a lot of freedom but the waypoints on the map are clearly marked. The piece was written in Binghamton for the NYSSSA School of Jazz Studies in the early 90s when Al Hamme was director.” Holober continued, “It’s been through many arrangements; quintet, big band, a well-traveled orchestral arrangement and this concert is yet another look into this piece.”

Holober stated, “I’ve been very fortunate to spend many months of dedicated writing time in the quiet isolation of artist colonies. Recently while working on a jazz orchestra project I took the evenings off from large ensemble writing and went in search of my inner 19 year-old. The result was 9 songs in various states of disrepair that can best be described as singer/songwriter repertoire – only I’m no singer. Here in Binghamton, (one of my “Home Aways”), seemed like a good place to share one of these, the pop ballad “That Was All It Took.”

When asked why he chose selections other than his own works he stated “One of my favorite spots is the comfort zone within the barely there confines of Jason Rigby’s music. Three recordings, many gigs in NYC, and a European tour have yielded a comfort and repertoire in Jason’s quartet that I knew I wanted to visit with this larger group. “Finale” is from Jason’s new 6-movement work entitled “Suite For Dewey Redman and Paul Bley.” “Idris” is a piece we’ve enjoyed many performances of and one of my favorite Jason tunes.” He added, “If I had to pick a single favorite standard it would be “Everything I Love” by Cole Porter. With all of the new music I am immersed in, it is still great to disappear inside a great tune and to play in a traditional trio setting.” Finally he offered “Body and Soul” is one of the most performed tunes in jazz history. “Body and Soul” presented at this event as a duo with my endless thanks to Al Hamme. His generosity as a teacher and friend is unmatched.”

“Mike Holober and Balancing Act” features the wildly talented local Jazz expert Al Hamme on alto saxophone, Marvin Stamm on Trumpet, Jason Rigby on tenor saxophone, Mark Paterson on trombone, Alexis Cuadrado on bass and Mark Ferber on drums with vocalist Melissa Stylianou.

“We are thrilled to be able to feature this group,” said Goodwill Theatre’s CEO, Naima Kradjian. “Jazz is one of the few truly American-made art forms, and one with strong Southern Tier roots. Goodwill Theatre is dedicated to keeping the jazz tradition alive in our community.”

Tickets for “Mike Holober and Balancing Art” concert are $25 for adults and $20 for senior citizens and students. Reservations, and information on all shows, are available by calling the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 1. Tickets, if still available, will also be sold at the door, one hour before show time.

Patrons are advised to enter the facility through the parking lot on Corliss Avenue. Parking is available in a small lot at the theatre, a new larger lot alongside the theatre, on-street, and in various Village municipal lots within two blocks of the theatre.

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