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Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra
Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra

Sat, Jun 17


The Stissing Center

Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra

Experience the musical masterpiece "This Rock We're On" by GRAMMY® nominated Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra. A stunning oratorio for jazz orchestra, voice, cello & percussion, exploring the environment's fate, featuring all-star cast of musicians.

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Jun 17, 2023, 7:00 PM

The Stissing Center, 2950 Church St, Pine Plains, NY 12567, USA

About The Event

GRAMMY® nominated Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra will present “This Rock We’re On:  Imaginary Letters,” an oratorio for jazz orchestra, voice, cello, and percussion. A meditation on the natural environment and the fate of the planet, this multi-movement work features vocal works, set for a chamber ensemble, that take the form of a letter to or from selected “protagonists” --  authors, artists, naturalists, and adventurers (such as Ansel Adams, Rachel Carson, Terry Tempest  Williams, Wendell Berry, and Robin Wall Kimmerer) whose insights have shaped our appreciation of the natural world. Each of the vocal works is followed by an instrumental jazz orchestra piece that reflects on the text of the letter.

The Gotham Jazz Orchestra brings together a star-studded roster of New York City musicians. Featured soloists will include Jason Rigby (tenor saxophone), Ben Kono (alto saxophone), Marvin Stamm (trumpet), Nir Felder (guitar), Dave Eggar (cello), James Shipp (percussion), and the up-and-coming Brazilian vocalist Jamile Staevie Ayres. Mike Holober, the group’s leader and composer of the work, has been described by Downbeat Magazine as “one of the finest modern composers/arrangers of our time.” He was awarded the 2022 American Academy of Arts and Letters Andrew Imbrie Award in Music, and his GRAMMY® nominated double CD “Mike Holober and the Gotham Jazz Orchestra: Hiding Out” (“Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, 2020”), garnered rave reviews in the jazz press. Downbeat Magazine proclaimed it a “long-anticipated, epic work,” while others praised his “daring compositional voice,” “powerful orchestral magic,” and “profound artistic vision” -- confirming his place in “the front rank of the most accomplished and inventive composers in jazz,” and “leading the charge to shift what a big band can sound like.”

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