Mika Stoltzman, called “High-wire jazz marimbist… an amazing, energetic performer ready for major exposure” (LA Times), and Richard Stoltzman perform in recital or with orchestra. From a recent recital in Rockport, MA:
"The highlight of the evening, however, was witnessing their amazing versatility and crossover ability. They played a number of Bach’s Two Part Inventions, starting off quite conventionally, the clarinet playing one line and the marimba the other. Soon they began adding their own flair to each one, beginning with Richard, who slid jazzily up to a high, sustained note. During another, Mika commenced by playing with the wooden back ends of the mallets and ended by playing with one back end and one soft end, creating a lovely stuttering effect. The “Tango Suite” by Astor Piazzolla began and ended with Mika stomping and clapping along with the clarinet’s melody. Mostly Blues [Selections] by William Thomas McKinley was the first selection in which the duo showed-off their jazz abilities—the clarinet playing a delightful, mischievous melody while the marimba comped in excellent rhythm." (The Boston Musical Intelligencer)
For more information about marimbist Mika Yoshida Stoltzman, visit her web site.
Check out Richard and Mika's latest CD: Duo Cantando.