Yuri Bashmet and Igor Butman announced their US tour in February 2009

Friday, August 22, 2008

World-renowned violist Yuri Bashmet and jazz saxophone virtuoso Igor Butman will merge their talents and orchestras in February of 2009 for the US tour of “ Crossover Concert”, a program, where classical music meets jazz. The program will feature pieces from the classical repertoire of the Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra and jazz arrangements of Russian classics by Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as "Jazz Suite for Viola, Saxophone, Piano and Orchestra" by composer Igor Raykhelson.

"Yuri Bashmet's artistry has inspired many composers to write for him, myself included, " said Igor Raykhelson whose composition "Adagio for Viola and String Orchestra" premiered to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall in April 2003.

Raykhelson, a New York City resident originally from St. Petersburg, studied jazz and classical piano at Leningrad's Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. He tours internationally both as jazz and classical pianist in solo and chamber appearances. Collaborations with Mr. Bashmet and Mr. Butman inspired him to compose the "Jazz Suite", a crossover piece combining both musical styles.

Violist Yuri Bashmet, one of the world's greatest musicians, has appeared with the top orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and London Philharmonic. Moscow Soloists, a chamber ensemble Bashmet founded comprised of young graduates of the Moscow Conservatory, has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, among others.

Igor Butman is Russia's top jazz musician. His performance of Nostalgie at a Kremlin State dinner for Vladimir Putin and Bill Clinton prompted the US President to write in "My Life" that Butman is "my favorite living tenor saxophonist" and to include him on the CD "The Bill Clinton Collection."

Mr. Butman has performed and recorded with the world's top jazz musicians including Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Randy Brecker, Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Louis Bellson, Grover Washington Jr., Billy Taylor, Walter Davis Jr., Monty Alexander, Lionel Hampton, Eddie Gomez and Lyle Mays.

Since 1999 Butman's Big Band has toured all over Russia and regularly appears at Moscow's top jazz venue Le Club where Igor is the artistic director and acts as a musical ambassador connecting Russian and US jazz musicians.

The program will be presented by Maestro Artist Management Inc. in some of the most prestigious venues in the US, such as Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, Symphony Hall in Boston, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, and others. The schedule will be announced in September of 2008.

Maestro Artist Mgmt, PR Team

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