|Chick Corea & Gary Burton w/ The Harlem String Quartet
Chick Coreaís most enduring musical relationship is with vibraphonist Gary Burton - the two are now in their fourth decade of collaboration. Their most recent album, also recorded with strings, is 2009ís Grammy-winning The New Crystal Silence.
Chick Corea, piano
Gary Burton, vibraphone
Ilmar Gavilan, violin
Melissa White, violin
Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola
Paul Wiancko, cello
Tonight's performance will be an exclusive preview of their duet album Hot House, recorded with The Harlem String Quartet and set for release later this year. The show will also revisit music from the duo's deep repertoire.
ABOUT CHICK COREA
A prolific explorer of jazz and classical music, the 2010 DownBeat Artist of the Year, a member of the DownBeat Hall of Fame, a 16-time Grammy winner, and an undisputed keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea has attained living legend status after four decades of unparalleled creativity and an artistic output that is simply staggering.
From straight ahead to avant-garde, bebop to fusion, and children's songs to chamber music, along with some far-reaching forays into symphonic works, Corea has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his illustrious career, all while maintaining a standard of excellence that is awe inspiring. A tirelessly creative spirit, Corea continues to forge ahead, continually reinventing himself in the process.
Since embarking on a solo career in 1966, Corea has been at the forefront of jazz, both as a renowned pianist forging new ground with his acoustic jazz bands and as an innovative electric keyboardist with Return to Forever and the Elektric Band. His extensive discography boasts numerous essential albums, beginning with his 1968 classic, Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, and including classics like Light as a Feather (1972), My Spanish Heart (1976), Live in Montreux (1981), and Paint the World (1993).
Today, Corea continues to make a significant impact on the music scene, as evidenced by 2007ís Grammy-winning The Enchantment (duets with banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck), 2008Ďs The New Crystal Silence (duets with longstanding collaborator Gary Burton), 2009ís Returns (documenting Return to Foreverís 2008 reunion tour) and 2009ís Grammy-winning Five Peace Band Live (with John McLaughlin, Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett, and Vinnie Colaiuta). In addition, Corea toured Japan in 2010 with the trio Corea + McBride + Blade, and he kicked off January 2011 with a gala performance of his compositions with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis. A full slate of activities scheduled for the end of 2011 and into 2012 will surely keep this ever-evolving artist at the forefront of the jazz world and beyond.