Don't Let Go

Don’t Let Go is a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works commission for Mike Holober & Balancing Act.  This CD-length project is structured as a song-cycle in the tradition of Robert Schumann, Samuel Barber, and Ralph Vaughn-Williams. Don’t Let Go explores the nuances and complexities of the concept of “hope” in the context of current social, political, and environmental realities.

Premiere performances:

Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space 
2537 Broadway at 95th Street 
June 14, 2018

Union Arts Center 
2 Union St., Sparkill NY
June 17, 2018

The premiere performance of Don't Let Go featured:  Jo Lawry (voice), Marvin Stamm (trumpet), Dick Oatts (reeds), Jason Rigby (reeds,) Mark Patterson (trombone), Mike Holober (piano/composer), John Hébert (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums).

Mike Holober & Balancing Act

Mark Patterson, Marvin Stamm, Mike Holober, Dick Oatts, Kate McGarry, Jason Rigby, Brian Blade, John Hebert

Mark Patterson, Marvin Stamm, Mike Holober, Dick Oatts, Kate McGarry, Jason Rigby, Brian Blade, John Hebert

Balancing Act is comprised of vocalist Kate McGarry, saxophonists Jason Rigby and Dick Oatts, trumpeter Marvin Stamm, trombonist Mark Patterson, bassist John Hébert and drummer Brian Blade.

The group'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.  The project enabled Holober to take a break from an extended period of big band writing to explore a more personal and nuanced musical statement.

Press Photos

Pictures from the Union Art Center concert (Jo Lawry and Gerald Cleaver subbing for Kate McGarry and Brian Blade)

Excerpts from live concert at Union Arts Center

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