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Mike Garson Plays DIA

Monday, April 30, 2007

Contact:   

Pamela Marcil         313-833-7899            pmarcil@dia.org

Dave Priestly         313-833-9151            dpriestly@dia.org  

April 27, 2007                           

David Bowie—“He’s far and away the best I’ve ever worked with." Bowie commenting on pianist Mike Garson, who will perform at the DIA  

WHAT:  Pianist Mike Garson, a musician whose work stretches from rock and jazz to classical, will perform at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). Garson will be performing with his trio.  

WHO:  When speaking of Mike Garson, David Bowie has said, “He is exceptional…He’s far and away the best (pianist) I’ve ever worked with.” Garson, who has been touring with Bowie since 1979, continues his influence on music by working with the artist of today. He has performed, recorded or collaborated with artist such as Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Natalie Imbruglia, Seal and No Doubt. After attending Brooklyn College, Garson went on to tour with Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Clarke, and Elvin Jones. As a student under Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock, Garson blossomed into a pianist who as jazz legend Chick Corea said, “speaks with emotion in his hands.” This sound that Corea spoke of is heard in his composition of the Stigmata soundtrack. In his most recent release, The Oxford Sessions, Garson brings his jazz roots to the forefront. With a trio that has made its rounds in the music world, Garson explores improv and jazz with an approach that is far from ordinary. Garson’s trio will take a look at the many sides of his music when they perform at the DIA.  

WHEN: Friday, April 27, 2007, 6:30 and 8 p.m.  

WHERE: The Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit    

WHY:  The Museum is open every Friday until 9 p.m. with music, drop-in workshops and other activities.  

COST: The performance is free with museum admission, which is a suggested donation of $6 for adults and $3 for children. DIA members are admitted free.                             

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