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Cultural Services

For Immediate Release
August 19, 2015

Joey Alexander

For Immediate Release

 

August 19, 2015

 

MARIN CENTER PRESENTS 12-YEAR-OLD JAZZ SENSATION JOEY ALEXANDER AND SOUL STREET DANCE IN OCTOBER

 

San Rafael, CAMarin Center Presents announces the 2015-16 season of performances and events at the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium and Showcase Theater. Programmed by Director of Cultural Services Gabriella C. Calicchio, in October in our theaters will be 12-year-old jazz sensation Joey Alexander and hip hop dancers Soul Street Dance.

 

Friday, October 2, 8 pm

Joey Alexander / 12-Year-Old Jazz Sensation

$50, $40 / Showcase Theater

 

With rave reviews from the New York Times and NPR, this is Joey Alexander’s first show ever in Marin County. An extraordinary and uniquely gifted pianist from Bali, 12 year old Joey brings a delicate, profound and soulful touch to his own interpretation of such classics as My Favorite Things, Giant Steps and Over the Rainbow and showcases his talents as an arranger, composer and bandleader. His major influences include Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis.

 

Born in the city of Denpasar on the island of Bali in Indonesia in 2003, Joey Alexander encountered a keyboard at the age of six and immediately began picking out the melody of Thelonious Monk’s “Well, You Needn’t” by ear. His father, an amateur musician with a huge passion for jazz, soon discovered Joey not only could pick up virtually any jazz composition by ear, he also had an impeccable sense of swing, and a gift for improvising that was near par to the records that he was learning from, and truly uncanny for a boy of his age.

 

By 2011, Joey had been featured at the Jakarta International Jazz Festival, and was included in a UNESCO jazz event organized by Herbie Hancock, who gave the budding musician enthusiastic thumbs up. In 2013, he entered and won the Master Jam Fest improvisation contest of Jazz in Odessa Festival in Ukraine, triumphing over 43 adult jazz professionals from 17 countries.

 

Joey released his album My Favorite Things in May and is now on tour at venues world-wide.

 

Sunday, October 4, 3 pm

Soul Street Dance – Breakin’ Backwards

$45, $35, $25, $20 students

Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium 

 

Houston-based Soul Street Dance is one of the most dynamic premier dance companies in existence. Their technical and artistic skills, stage presence and wit allow them to push the performance envelope to an amazing standard of excellence. With repertoire ranging from the music of Vivaldi and, to Rock n Roll to Hip-Hop and every stop in between, Soul Street brings the arts straight into your heart.

 

Although they are called a “Dance Company,” their talents far outstrip any one category. In addition to dance, Soul Street performers are actors, athletes, (with uncanny strength), and lately, songwriters and musicians. Soul Street has the amazing ability to totally engage audiences from ages two to 200. A huge repertoire and outstanding flexibility have earned them the title, “Rock Stars of the Educational Theatre World” and they’re working hard to expand these accolades worldwide!

In Breakin’ Backwards, four male dancers perform a special contemporary mix of choreography, bustin’ moves to popular music from decades past. Appropriate for all grade levels – 1st through 12th

 

Tickets and information: www.marincenter.org

 

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Marin Center performances have delighted Bay Area audiences for over 26 years. The 2015-16 season will once again spotlight acclaimed and celebrated entertainment from around the world. As the major performing arts, events center, and fairgrounds in Marin County, Marin Center serves the community by presenting and expanding a variety of multi-cultural theater presentations, affordable rental venues, and professional expertise. Bringing art, music, dance, and performance of all kinds to audiences around the Bay, attendees also enjoy visiting the beautiful Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium inspired by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Contact:

County of Marin

Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
www.marincounty.org