Mika Yoshida and Richard Stoltzman Premiere Brand New Works By Chick Corea, Mike Mainieri and more at Weill Recital Hal on April 4


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World premiere works by Chick Corea “Marika Groove," Marcos Valle, Tamar Muskal, Mike Mainieri, Michiru Oshima & William Thomas McKinley

“High-wire jazz marimbist, Mika Yoshida....an amazing, energetic performer ready for major exposure." —LA Times

+ Special Guests:
Eddie Gomez, bass
Mike Mainieri, vibraphone
Steve Gadd, drums

At Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, April 4, 2012, 8pm

New York, NY: World renowned clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and New York City Marimbist Mika Yoshida will join forces and present world premiere pieces by Chick Corea ("Marika Groove"), Marcos Valle, Tamar Muskal, Mike Mainieri, Michiru Oshima & William Thomas McKinley at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on April 4, 2012 at 8pm. They will be joined by special guests Eddie Gomez on bass, Mike Mainieri on vibraphone and Steve Gadd on drums.

Yoshida has been described as “a flame dancing before her instrument" (New York City Concert Review), who recently celebrated sold-out recitals throughout the Blue Note Jazz clubs in Japan with her group, MIKARIMBA, featuring Steve Gadd, Eddie Gomez and Stefan Karlsson. Richard Stoltzman is arguably the world's best-known clarinetist, who has both helped to broaden the repertory for classical clarinet and made numerous forays into jazz, Latin and crossover styles. Over a long career, he has accomplished a number of firsts for his instrument, becoming the first wind player to receive the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, and the first clarinetist to give solo recitals in Carnegie Hall and at the Hollywood Bowl. He has appeared with orchestras and chamber groups around the world, performed with pop artists like Mel Torme and Judy Collins, and won two Grammy Awards. The two premiered their project BACK + MONK in January 2012 at New York City's DROM, to sold out audiences.

The world premieres will include: Chick Corea's “MARIKA GROOVE;" Marcos Valle's “BECO," Tamar Muskal's “SHOUT," Mike Mainieri's COPLAND REVISITED; , Michiru Oshima's “CHANSON DE L'AMOUR" & William Thomas McKinley's “MOSTLY BLUES" and Kazunori Maruyama's “RHAPSODY IN BLUE" (arr.); and Keith Jarrett's “TERRA COTTA (1987)."

Yoshida and Stoltzman recently went into Avatar Studios in NY (February 8th, 2012) to record Chick Corea's composition for Mika “MARIKA GROOVE" which will be available on itunes beginning April 3rd. The recording also features the legendary Eddie Gomez and Steve Gadd.


Born in Amakusa Island, Kumamoto, Japan, Yoshida now resides in New York City. Since studying at the University of Toronto, Yoshida has devoted herself to marimba performance and musical studies under the strong influence of the NEXUS. She is also studying jazz privately with jazz vibe master, Mike Mainieri, in New York.

Yoshida released her first album, Mitsue, in 1998, followed up by her second release, Marimba Phase, in 2003 under Monroe Street. In 2010 Mika also released a live DVD, Mirimba Madness, which features Gadd, Gomez and Peter John Stoltzman on piano. Her latest album, Mikarimba (VideoArt Music, Japan 2010) was produced by drummer Steve Gadd and features bassist Eddie Gomez.

Yoshida has performed at Carnegie Hall's Zankel + Weill Halls, Tokyo (2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011) in addition to touring in cities around the world. Her arrangement and performance of “Tokyo/Vermont Counterpoint" appears on Steve Reich's CD Triple Quartet (Nonesuch). Yoshida has also appeared on Richard Stoltzman's CD Goldberg Variation (BMG Japan) and Jo Hisaishi's Asian X.T.C. (Universal Japan).

This August, 2011, Yoshida celebrated sold-out recitals throughout the Blue Note Jazz clubs throughout Japan with her group, MIKARIMBA, featuring Yoshida on marimba, the legendary Steve Gadd on drums, Eddie Gomez on bass and the formidable pianist Stefan Karlsson.


Two-time Grammy Award winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman's virtuosity, technique, imagination, and communicative power have revolutionized the world of clarinet playing, opening up possibilities for the instrument that no one could have predicted. He was responsible for bringing the clarinet to the forefront as a solo instrument, and is still the world's foremost clarinetist.

Stoltzman gave the first clarinet recitals in the histories of both the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall, and, in 1986, became the first wind player to be awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. As one of today's most sought-after artists, Stoltzman has been a soloist with more than a hundred orchestras as well as a recitalist and chamber music performer, innovative jazz artist, and prolific recording artist. A two-time Grammy Award winner, he has amazed critics and audiences alike in repertory spanning many musical genres.

Stoltzman's talents as a jazz performer as well as a classical artist have been heard far beyond his annual tours. He has performed and recorded with such classical, jazz, and pop greats as Emmanual Az, Yo-Yo Ma, Gary Burton, the Canadian Brass, Chick Corea, Judy Collins, Eddie Gomez, Keith Jarrett, the King's Singers, George Shearing, Wayne Shorter, Mel Tormé, and Spyro Gyra founder Jeremy Wall. Stoltzman frequently performs with his son, Peter John Stoltzman, a talented classical and jazz pianist and composer.

Stoltzman graduated from Ohio State University with a double major in music and mathematics. He earned his Master of Music degree at Yale University while studying with Keith Wilson, and later studied with Kalmen Opperman at Columbia University. He makes his home in Massachusetts and is a passionate Boston Red Sox fan. He is also a Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef whose specialty is the Linzer Torte.

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