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Andy Statman - Batavia, Illinois on February 1, 2007

By Mandolin Cafe
January 2, 2007 - 11:45 am

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Andy Statman - photo by Ilana Pelzig Cellum

Andy Statman - photo by Ilana Pelzig Cellum

Batavia, Ill. — Mandolin virtuoso Andy Statman will be making a rare Chicago area appearance in an 8:00 p.m. house concert with members of the Lucky Break Bluegrass band in a concert from Fox Valley Folklore Society Presents.

A legendary clarinet and mandolin virtuoso and composer, Statman has received critical acclaim since the early 1970s for his trail-blazing improvisations that brought the bluegrass of Bill Monroe into contact with the free jazz of John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, and Albert Ayler.

Statman's approach is expressive, expansive, emotionally probing, and fluidly improvisational. He can go wherever the spirit takes him; has unlimited musical interests and mega-chops; takes a repertoire of old time fiddle tunes, blues, klezmer and Hasidic melodies, infused with elements of bebop, free jazz, and ethnic music, and turns them inside out. Yet it all sounds completely natural and organic.

This is a rare and wonderful chance to see a world class musician in an intimate setting.

Tickets: $15 paid in advance or $20 at the door. Limited seating availability. Call for concert location/directions and to confirm reservation and ticket purchases:
Lynn Garren, 630-761-0599
Juel Ulven, 630-897-3655

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