Balance (Marcus Elliot/Michael Malis) Balance (Marcus Elliot/Michael Malis)

Sat

11/11/2017

8:00pm

Jazz

Balance (Marcus Elliot/Michael Malis)

  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Marcus Elliott, reeds
  • Michael Malis, piano

Event Details

Balance is a collaborative duo between saxophonist Marcus Elliot and pianist Michael Malis. Called “two of Detroit’s most important young jazz musicians” by the Detroit Free Press, Elliot and Malis’ “intuitive improvisations” stand on the threshold of composed and improvised music, creating intimate portraits of musical expression that deal in the language of subtlety.

As a duo, they have performed at some of Detroit’s most stalwart cultural institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Public Library. They are releasing their debut album in August 2017, and have been named Artist-in-Residence at the Chamber Music Society of Detroit for their 2017-2018 season. As part of that residency, they will be presented in concert as part of CMSD’s brand new “Jazz Works” concert series, and will also be involved in a new educational initiative pioneered by CMSD which will bring jazz to students in public schools utilizing an innovative merger of technology and live performance.

As individuals, they are bandleaders who have released critically acclaimed albums, composers who have had their music performed around the world, and sidemen who have performed with a wide variety of jazz luminaries, including Marcus Belgrave, Jimmy Cobb, Karriem Riggins, Mulgrew Miller, Robert Hurst, Talib Kweli, Tyshawn Sorey, and many others. They have performed around the world, both as leaders and as sidemen, at venues such as Birdland, The Kennedy Center, the Stone, The Detroit Jazz Festival, and overseas.

Marcus Elliott

Marcus Elliot is a saxophonist/composer/educator of the metro-Detroit area who is quickly gaining recognition for his imaginative improvising, and fervently thoughtful voice on the saxophone. Marcus began playing professionally in the Detroit Jazz scene when he was 15 years old. He was awarded a scholarship for his talents as a musician to attend Michigan State University to study with Wes "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Diego Rivera and Rodney Whitaker.

After Graduating from MSU, Marcus has performed across the globe in places like Canada, Cuba, Barbados, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Eygypt, Jordan, Indonesia and many other countries. As a Band Leader, Marcus has led the Marcus Elliot Quartet for the past 8 years. He self-released his first album "Looking Forward", in 2010. His latest project "When The City Meets the Sky" was self-released in May, 2015. The Marcus Elliot Quartet Performs at Cliff Bells every Tuesday. As a Sideman, Marcus has performed with Bob Hurst, Karriem Riggins, James Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Bobby Broom, Marcus Belgrave, Johnny O'neal, Jimmy Heath, Sean Dobbins, Kris Johnson, Thaddeus Dixon, Ettiene Charles, Mulgrew Miller, Rodney Whitaker, Talib Kweli and many others.

As an Educator, Marcus has been giving private saxophone lessons since the age of 14. He is the Artist-in-Residence at Troy High School, and was the Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Jazz Band in 2012-2013. He was the saxophone instructor at The Young Musicians Program in Berkley, CA from 2009-2011. Marcus is a strong supporter of the arts and has created and funded a scholarship at Milford High School that gives monetary awards to young musicians and visual artists that plan to pursue the arts after high school. He currently lives in the Detroit area where he is studying, practicing, composing, and engulfing himself in the rich history of the Detroit music scene by performing with local Detroit artists and ensembles.

Michael Malis

Michael Malis (b. 1988) is a pianist and composer based in Detroit, MI. In July of 2015, he self-released his debut album as a leader, “Lifted from the No of All Nothing”, featuring all original music by Malis. The Detroit Free Press called it “an uncommonly mature and distinctive debut... The music is loose and spontaneous, alert to dynamics and textural variety while balancing formal detail and discipline with freedom.” It was described by Hot House Jazz Guide (NYC) as “cover[ing] a broad range of free expression. [Malis] bridges the gap between original composed, complex material and the spontaneity of improvisation.” His trio, featured on the album, has toured in the United States and Canada, and in September 2016, they performed at the Detroit International Jazz Festival.

In August 2017, he’ll be releasing an album of duets with saxophonist Marcus Elliot, entitled “Balance”. The duo has been named an Artist-in-Residence at the Chamber Music Society of Detroit for their 2017-2018 season. As part of that residency, they will be presented in concert as part of CMSD’s brand new “Jazz Works” concert series, and will also be involved in a new educational initiative pioneered by CMSD which will bring jazz to students in public schools utilizing an innovative merger of technology and live performance.

As a pianist, he has shared the stage with a diverse array of musicians, including notables such as Marcus Belgrave, Tyshawn Sorey, Jaribu Shahid, Ken Filiano, Andrew Bishop, Dennis Coffey, and Marion Hayden. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Birdland (NYC), the Detroit Jazz Festival, The Stone (NYC), and the Detroit Institute of Arts, among other venues. As a leader, he has maintained a touring schedule with his trio, playing in New York, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Baltimore, Cleveland, and across the Midwest and East Coast.

As a composer, he was awarded “Best Musical Score” in the 2011 Lightworks Film Festival for his score to the short film “Slash/Fiction.” He has continued to write music for film since then, scoring a total of three short films and one full length feature film. He began writing music for theater in 2012, writing the musical score for “The Mute Quire”, a play by the Fratellanza Theater Company, which premiered at the New Theater Project in Ypsilanti, MI, in June of 2012 to critical acclaim. “The Mute Quire” was subsequently remounted in Galway, Ireland in 2014 at the Galway Fringe Festival. His second collaboration with Fratellanza, “String Up the Moon,” premiered in Detroit to critical acclaim in September of 2013.

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