Palimpsest – Mika & Richard Stoltzman

June 25, 2019, 9:00 am

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Clarinet legend Richard Stoltzman and virtuoso marimbist Mika Stoltzman present a stunning collection of works in which the duo finds freedom in music of the past and equally breaks through boundaries with new arrangements and commissions. John Zorn’s title track, Palimpsest, written in 2018 for Richard’s 75th birthday, sets the tone, evoking layers of tradition and innovation. Richard’s lifelong friendship with William Thomas McKinley led to the jazzy collection Mostly Blues, three of which are performed. The album is rounded out with arrangements of works by Bach, Ravel, and Piazzolla.