Mike Holober & Balancing Act: DON’T LET GO

Mike Holober & Balancing Act:  

Friday, October 4th | 8:00 pm 
Aaron Davis Hall:  Theater B 
Aaron Davis Hall is located on the campus of the City College of New York at West 135th Street and Convent Ave. 
Tickets | General Admission: $20   Students & Seniors: $10 (with proper ID) 

Mike Holober & Balancing Act will present a concert and live recording of Don’t Let Go, a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works commission for jazz octet with voice, at Aaron Davis Hall, City College Center for the Arts, on Friday, October 4, at 8:00 pm.  This concert-length project is structured as a song-cycle in the tradition of Robert Schumann, Samuel Barber, and Ralph Vaughn-Williams, and explores the nuances and complexities of the concept of “hope” in the context of current social, political, and environmental realities.    

Balancing Act’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 multiple jazz critics. 

The concert will feature:   Marvin Stamm (trumpet), Dick Oatts (alto and soprano saxophone), Jason Rigby (tenor saxophone), Mark Patterson (trombone), Mike Holober (piano/composer), Mike McGuirk (bass), Dennis Mackrel (drums), and Jamile Staevie Ayres (voice - CCNY MM jazz vocal 2019). 

This concert/recording is funded in part by a PSC-CUNY Grant and a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant (The Doris Duke Foundation of the Arts) 


Reviews: Hiding Out

Mike Holober has a daring compositional voice which is on full display in this release ”

Pierre Giroux, Audiophile Audition

The stream of sounds that emerge from this taut machine pulse and probe like a unified aqueous body in motion. Holober guides his group with precision, but like an impressionistic painter, he allows for the band to have its own organic aspiration, its own distinct vitality. ”

Ralph A. Miriello, Notes on Jazz

Mike Holoder's Gotham Jazz Orchesta's latest release Hiding Out is a two disc set of awe-inspiring compositions . . . . The two discs comprise a full 93 minutes of powerful orchestral magic, full of emotion and splendor at every turn, with adventurous and complex arrangements, informed by classics of Gil Evans, Duke Ellington and many others. Perhaps as a listener the only thing better than absorbing this music off of the discs at hand would be experiencing it performed live.”

Peter Thelen, Exposé

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