Music: Mika & Richard Stoltzman at Carnegie Hall

by Michael Goldstein

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Written by Michael Goldstein for THE ARTISTS FORUM MAGAZINE
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Courtesy of Mika and Richard Stoltzman

5 out of 5 stars


NEW YORK, NY (November 8, 2015) Opening the evening with their rendition of Bill DouglasIrish Spirit, the renowned musician duo, Mika and Richard Stoltzman, as the respective marimba artist and clarinetist, showcased their amazing and versatile ability at crossover for a one-night only concert at Carnegie Hall, November 5, 2015. The unique way they explore the synergies between classical and jazz highlight a wonderful sharing of a clear voice, a marriage of the ideals of pleasant music that enriches the soul.

Richard and Mika Stoltzman at the Carnegie Hall

Richard is a versatile clarinetist that requires barely even a syllable to express the range of emotions on his clarinet. Captured within his solos throughout the concert were passion and the generosity of the soul. While his solos were certainly expressive, it was when he played with his wife Mika that his work on the clarinet was catapulted to another level.

The Stoltzman’s play and dance at the Carnegie Hall

His marimba-playing wife Mika, on the other hand, is a living testimonial to the versatile range of feelings you can achieve putting your heart and soul into a single instrument. This ability comes clear in her first solo performance of the night, The Nymphs for Solo Marimba, where she constantly and fearlessly switches through a myriad of tones and patterns without skipping a breath.

From left to right: Eddie Gomez, Richard Stoltzman, Chris Moran, Duke Gadd, and Mika Stoltzman performing at Carnegie Hall

For the final performance of the night, the pair were joined by several other musicians, bassist Eddie Gomez, drummer Chris Moran, and percussionist Duke Gadd. Together, the five musicians manifested an indescribable synthesis of pop and jazz, like something out of the plays of a lounge bar. It was the perfect cap on a night of joy and passion.

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