Master’s Concert Music Series present by Musical Connections
BACH & MOZART
in unique jazz interpretations
WHEN: Friday, January 20, 2012, 7:30 pm
WHERE: First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Avenue, Austin, TX 78756
Valery Grohovsky ♪ Piano
“Valeri Grohovski is that rarest of musician-always playing with perfect taste.”-Tatiana Petrovna, President of the Gnessin Music College, Moscow. A virtuoso classical pianist equally known for his jazz improvisational talent, Valeri Grohovski is in a class of his own. In addition to his busy concert and recording schedule he composes, arranges and performs music in a wide range of styles for theatre and cinema. Born and raised in the former USSR, Valeri Grohovski received his doctorate in music in Moscow, before traveling to compete abroad, where he won numerous competitions in both Europe and the United States. Although he lived for a decade in the United States, he now divides his time between homes in Russia, France and Costa Rica.
Mark Cheikhet ♪ Viola, Violin
Violinist Mark Cheikhet earned his master and doctorate degrees in violin performance from Moscow Conservatory. His influential teachers included Maya Glezarova, Eduard Grach, and Sergei Girshenko. He is touring widely as a soloist and in chamber ensembles throughout Russia, Germany, Italy, France, Mexico, and the U.S. His recent performances incluye Brescia-Festa Internazionale Della Musica, a festival of Russian Art in Marseille, France, along with The Promenade festival in Oldenburger, Germany and RAMA in Boston, MA. Among his collaborative partners are: Valeri Grokhovski, Matthew Hinsley, Daniel Alberti, Michael Bourdoncle, Elena Nogaeva and Boris Adrianov
Adam Booker ♪ Bass
Currently the bassist for the Kris Kimura Quintet, Adam Booker has been playing bass for over 20 years. In that short time he has been a member of the Jazz Pharaoh's, The Asylum Street Spankers, the US Navy Band New Orleans, The Hot Club of New Orleans, The Rob Block Quintet, The Devin Phillips Quintet, and has performed with Patrick Cornelius, Maurice Brown, and Gene Black as well as Al Grey, Frank Foster, John Fedchock, Butch Miles, Arthur Latin, and Diana Krall. He studied with several great jazz bassists, including John Fremgen, Eric Revis and the legendary Milt Hinton. Adam Booker is also currently in the process of completing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Double Bass Performance at the University of Texas, Austin.
Darren Kuper ♪ Drums
Darren Kuper, drums, has been playing music for over 20 years. Together with pianist Barry Brake, he spearheaded a new jazz group in 1990, naming it the Jazz Protagonists. In 2003 Modern Drummer magazine singled out his performances on "Bar Codes," an album by Mike Brannon's progressive-jazz group Synergy. Here's what they said: "The listener is greeted with a seductive laid-back slink with the song 'Prowl.' This is the work of Darren Kuper, whose tasteful skills command keen attention on Synergy Quartet's lite jazz/fusion…It's a joy to hear a talented drummer lay it down." He and pianist Barry Brake also co-host a weekly one-hour jazz radio show "The Protagonists Jazz Party" on Trinity University's KRTU
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