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Andy Statman Concert & Workshop - Madison, Wisconsin

By Mandolin Cafe
January 10, 2007 - 8:00 am

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Andy Statman

Andy Statman

Madison, Wis. — Mandolin virtuoso Andy Statman will be appearing in concert at 7:30 p.m., February 4, 2007 at the Wilmar Center, 953 Jenifer St. with the Lucky Break Bluegrass Band featuring Jerry Wicentowski.

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.

A 1:30 p.m. mandolin workshop will be held at the home of Jim and Nancy Nikora. The workshop will concentrate on right hand technique, the most important aspect of developing tone and musicality in your playing. You should come prepared to play a selection of your choice for personal guidance. Interpretation and improvisation are also in the curriculum, time allowing. Students of all levels are accepted but please register early. If enrollment dictates, we will adjust the starting time and make a second workshop. Fee for the workshop is $45. Advance reservations are required.

For workshop reservations and directions, contact Jim or Nancy Nikora at 608-233-0150.

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

Concert ticket information:
$15 at the door
Advance: email

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