Summer Thyme's Jazz Series "Motoshi Kosako, Ian Ethan and G Maxwell Demanovic"
Summer Thyme's presents a wonderful evening event with world class music, food & drink. the intimate and innovative duo of world class musicians, jazz harpist, Motoshi Kosako and electric bassist, Michael Manring performing original compositions and amazing improvisation.
"Motoshi Kosako" Bio:
Motoshi started his musical training on the piano and also the guitar. In Tokyo he played the acoustic and electric guitar in professional Jazz bands and the Swing Journal magazine described him as "one of the most remarkable young Jazz musicians."
In 1997, Mr. Kosako moved to the United States and soon after he started playing the harp. He is primarily self- taught with a few lessons to learn fundamental harp technique. He was the principal harpist of Stockton Symphony Orchestra in California between 2005-2010 and the featuring soloist for 2009-2010 season.
His latest music innovation is improvisation and composition for the harp. In 2007 he won the second place in Lyon & Healy International Jazz & Pop Harp Competition and received the "Best of Sacramento" award from Sacramento Magazine as "Best Jazz Hound in Tie and Tail". Sacramento Magazine says, "Kosako plays with fluid, modern style that evokes Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea." His groundbreaking style is also noted in Harp Column as "Motoshi Kosako, a Japanese native whose introspective soloing was reminiscent of Keith Jarrett." He plays numerous original compositions and standards as solo or in trio and quartet. Since 2008 he started touring Japan to give performances and various workshops and he is considered as the most influential Jazz harpist in Japan.
In 2002 and 2003, he recorded two classical harp albums, "Celestial Harp I" and "Celestial Harp II". In April 2008, he has released his first Jazz Album, "Naked Wonder" with his trio, Bill Douglass (bass, bamboo flute) and Daryl Van Druff (drums). In 2010 he has released his solo album "Living harp" in Japan and produced new album " Place in the heart" with Grammy ward winning musician, Paul McCandless (oboe, English horn, soprano sax, bass clarinet). He is invited to perform at VIII Rio Harp Festival in Rio de Janeiro, brazil, American Harp Society National Conference 2014 in New Orleans and World Harp Congress, Sydney 2014.
In 2008, he joined NPO holistic health research group in Japan (Total Health Research Group) and began conducting research projects involving sound healing and practical application of music to occupational fields for thepromotion ofhealth. In 2012the public medicine professional journal, "Science of Public health" in Japan publishedhis research article "Total Health and Music". He holds a B.S of health science and nursing, and is a registered nurse and public health nurse.
"Ian Ethan" Bio:
Boston-based multi-instrumentalist Ian Ethan Case, best known for his innovative approach to the 18-string acoustic double-neck guitar, has been performing in listening rooms across the country for the past eight years and is increasingly gaining recognition both for his unique instrumental compositions and for the highly original playing methods which are required to perform them.
One of only about five musicians worldwide to tackle the double-neck guitar in earnest, he fluidly combines a variety of self-invented playing techniques necessitated by his multi-layered compositions, which, taken together, have begun to establish the instrument's musical validity perhaps more so than the work of any other artist. While audiences consistently remark on the fascinating visual aspects of watching Ian play "as he rambunctiously weaves between fretboards, slapping and tapping the sounds of the guitar to life seemingly effortlessly in a style that you've likely never seen before" (Port Orchard Independent), his unusual methods are simply byproducts of the rich, heartfelt, and powerfully uplifting music that he writes and plays.
During a fall 2015 coast-to-coast tour of the US, a Facebook video of Ian playing a piece from his new album "Run Toward The Mountains" went viral and received over 6 million views in October alone, drawing praise from viewers around the world, including legendary bassist Leland Sklar (James Taylor, Phil Collins), producer Steven Miller (Dave Matthews Band, Bobby McFerrin, Michael Hedges), and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman. The self-produced double-disc album features two sides of his playing: "straight up solo acoustic" double-neck, and at the other end of the spectrum, his meticulously-crafted live looping compositions which make full use of 21st-century digital technologies to enable seemingly infinite layers of sound and sophisticated on-the-spot orchestration that extends well beyond the reach of most looping performers.
Emmy-winning composer and producer Peter Bruce Wilder was one of the first to discover the young artist's talent and unique voice in the remote hills of northern VT, proclaiming in 2008: "Ian Ethan Case represents something so new in musical approach, that the result is near impossible to pigeon hole into a 'sounds like' statement. It has been my personal privilege to observe his unwavering and deep exploration of this new technique and on a relatively rare instrument; the original music of Ian Ethan Case is not to be missed."
In January 2013 Ian was invited to perform with some of the world's foremost guitarists and bass players as part of Muriel Anderson's "All-Star Guitar Night" at the annual NAMM convention in Anaheim CA, where he shared the stage with Robben Ford, Victor Wooten, and Stanley Jordan, among others. Since then he has gone on to perform with some of the most respected artists in his genre, including solo bass icon Michael Manring and Grammy Award-winning reed player Paul McCandless (Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Oregon), as well as top notch classical musicians from the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.
In addition to performing and collaborating with several of his longtime musical heroes, Ian has performed and/or recorded with some of the best up-and-coming acoustic musicians from around the country and beyond, including Jeremy Kittel (Chris Thile, Jars of Clay), Nathaniel Smith (Natalie MacMaster, Sarah Jarosz), Japanese harpist Motoshi Kosako (Paul McCandless, Stockton Symphony) and Austrian hang drum virtuoso Manu Delago (Bjork, Anoushka Shankar).
Recently, after both were featured on the same NPR segment ("Here & Now", Dec. 2013), Ian joined forces with 4-Time Grammy Award-winning cellist Eugene Friesen (Trio Globo, Paul Winter Consort.) The duo premiered their new collaborative works during two recent shows at the Boston Museum of Science Planetarium to overwhelmingly positive reviews.
As one first-time listener in California exclaimed, "Ian's music is phenomenal - watching him play is not 'listening to music; it's a full mind experience. Transporting."
"G Maxwell Zemanovic" bio
G Maxwell Zemanovic (drums & percussion) has toured nationally with artists such as Cliff Hines, Sasha Masakowski, and New Orleans-based singer/songwriter Andrew Duhon, with whom he recorded a Grammy-nominated album in 2014.
Summer Thyme's Bakery & Deli (View)
231 Colfax Ave.
Grass valley, CA 95945
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