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Cellist Maya Beiser Added to Lineup for 2010 Tanglewood Jazz Festival

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CELLIST MAYA BEISER ADDED TO LINEUP FOR 2010 TANGLEWOOD JAZZ FESTIVAL SEPT 4-5 AS SPECIAL GUEST WITH DONAL FOX QUARTET: PIAZZOLLA TO BACH PROJECT

HEADLINERS INCLUDE KURT ELLING, JOHN PIZZARELLI, JESSICA MOLASKEY, THE LEGENDARY COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA, EDDIE DANIELS, BOB JAMES, JULIAN LAGE, LAURENCE HOBGOOD TRIO AND MORE


Classical cellist, Maya Beiser, will perform as a special guest of the Donal Fox Quartet at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival on Sunday, Sept 5, at 8 pm.

Called a “cello goddess" by The New Yorker, Baiser has captivated audiences worldwide with her virtuosity, electric repertoire and quest to redefine her instrument's boundaries. She has collaborated with Philip Glass, Mark O'Connor, Brian Eno, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and Tan Dun (Couching Tiger Concerto) among many others. Her major teachers were Aldo Parisot, Uzi Weizel, Alexander Schneider, and Isaac Stern. Beiser was the founding cellist of the legendary new music ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars. This will be her first appearance at Tanglewood.

Beiser's latest CD, Provenance, peaked at #6 in overall music sales and #1 in classical music on Amazon. It also hit #1 in world music on iTunes and #3 in classical music on Billboard.

The Donal Fox Quartet will perform a new program called the “Piazzolla to Bach Project." Fox appeared at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival in 2008 with his Scarlatti Jazz Suite Project. Named a Martin Luther King Visiting Artist at MIT in 2009, Fox, “a composer, pianist and improviser who deftly draws from jazz and classical contemporary traditions" (New York Times) and who has forged a unique amalgram of jazz, Latin American and classical music crosses music boundaries and continuously receives critical acclaim for his compositions and integration of the various musical genres.

Following Fox's world premier in December of his piano concerto Peace Out for improvised piano and orchestra to a standing ovation at Carnegie Hall, Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times wrote, “Mr. Fox's piano playing, bursting with violent, keyboard-spanning runs, drove the music. A searching middle section quotes fragments of a Charlie Parker blues tune, “Now's the Time." After a steely solo piano cadenza, the piece concludes with a pensive finale based on a descending and strangely haunting four-note refrain...an arresting piece...compelling music, exceptionally interesting."

Also appearing with Donal Fox and Maya Beiser will be Cuban born drummer Dafnis Prieto whose arrival in the US has been compared to that of an asteroid hitting New York. “Bedazzlement is a proven strategy for Mr. Prieto," the New York Times said, and Latin jazz musician Eddie Palmieri calls him “extraordinary." Vibraphonist Warren Wolf and bassist John Lockwood round out the quartet.

Tickets are available through Tanglewood's website, tanglewood.org, by calling SymphonyCharge at 617-266-1200 or 888-266-1200 or by visiting the Boston Symphony Orchestra Box Office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. The Symphony Hall Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tanglewood Jazz Festival prices range from $18-77. All ticket prices include a $1 Tanglewood grounds maintenance fee.

Tickets are also available for purchase in person at the Tanglewood Box Office at Tanglewood's Main Gate on West Street in Lenox, MA. American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Discover, personal checks, and cash are all accepted at the Tanglewood Box Office. For further information and box office hours, please call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492 or visit bso.org.

This story appears courtesy of Dawn Singh Publicity.
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