Mike Holober Balancing Act
January 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Over the past decade Mike Holober has established an international reputation as a jazz orchestra composer, arranger and conductor. With the formation of his octet Mike Holober & Balancing Act, he has re-directed his energy to a small group format that includes voice and lyrics. For this performance, the group will be performing “Don’t Let Go” a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works commission.
Balancing Act’s premiere recording was released in 2015 (Palmetto Records) to widespread critical acclaim. Downbeat Magazine’s Carlo Wolf described it as an “emotionally persuasive album,” and it was voted “Best Release of 2015” by several jazz critics.
Balancing Act is an exploration of contrasts brought into balance. The album consists of old and new music, originals and covers — some with lyrics, and some without. More importantly, the project enabled Holober to take a break from an extended period of big band writing to explore a more intimately scaled musical concept.
Jamile – voice
Marvin Stamm – trumpet & flugelhorn
Dick Oatts – alto & soprano saxophone, flute
Jason Rigby – tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
Mark Patterson – trombone
Mike Holober – piano/composer
Mike McGuirk – bass
Jared Schonig – drums