Zuri Music books musicians for public and private occasions. CLICK HERE to email James about booking arrangements.
THE AUSTIN PIAZZOLLA QUINTET
Based in Austin, Texas, this vibrant ensemble specializes in the dark, sensuous music of the Argentine master composer, Astor Piazzolla. They also perform compelling original tango-influenced compositions and arrangements. Visit apqtango.com for bios, music, dates, and photos.
“No. 1 “Can’t Miss Act”
2012 Houston International Festival, KHOU, Houston
Thirteen players, zero conductors… breaking down barriers and building bridges through music. Founded in 2011, this self-directed string orchestra explores new directions in repertoire, ranging from Dvorak and Elgar to RadioHead and Leonard Cohen. Their performances have sparkled and their own innovative compositions and arrangements are delightful. Member bios, concert information, etc., can be found at sphereensemble.org.
“Hope you were happy with your debut. You should be: it was thrilling to me.”
-Charlie Sampson, Colorado Public Radio
Formed in 1996, this Boulder-based ensemble plays a rich variety of traditional music from the Balkans, Turkey, and Greece – all on authentic instruments!! It’s member sing authentically in Greek, Turkish, Arabic, and Bulgarian. Their performances include concerts, ethnic festivals, weddings, an world music clubs throughout the west and southwest. Their cd information and concerts are located at sherefe.org.
THE DEXTER PAYNE QUINTET
Master clarinetist/saxophonist Dexter Payne’s great love and expertise in Brazilian music is evident in every concert – from the first note. Joined by a “who’s who” of artists, including the superb guitarist, Bill Kopper, this quintet is only beginning to become recognized. Reviews, music cuts, history, and concert news can be found at dexterpayne.com.
Deborah Marshall, clarinetist
American-born clarinet virtuoso Deborah Marshall studied and graduated from the Hochschule fuer Music in Munich and taught at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich from 1986-2000. She played in the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and the Nuenberger Symphony, among others. She performed with conductors George Solti, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Rafael Kubelik, Lorin Maazel, Erich Leinsdorf, and Bernard Haitink, as well as artists ranging from Peter Serkin to Yo Yo Ma. No stranger to modern music, she performed with the Kasematten Gruoppe in Dresden, the Pierrot Ensemble for new music, and the Ensemble for New Music in Munich. She speaks English, German, Hungarian, Russian, and Dutch. Her repertoire includes many works for solo clarinet, clarinet and orchestra, and various chamber ensembles.
Vlad Girshevich, pianist
Born in Uzbekistan, Vlad Girshevich studied at the Tashkent State Conservatory. Since being in the U.S., he has become well-known as a brilliant free-lance jazz pianist. However he is also adept in classical music and excels as a solo improviser with a style that is difficult to categorize, other than simply beautiful. He is just about to release a solo improvised live concert CD. Visit vladgershevich.com to hear Vlad’s music.