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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-10-25

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into new territory. Usually played on
the lap of a seated musician, the
Chinese instrument this time is pre-
sented vertically as Gao moves with
the others across the stage.
Pianist Bernie.Senensky, another
Jewish performer, has been featured
on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, a
the arrangements. "I have written a few National Public Radio program
SUZANNE CHESSLER
broadcast in the United States and
numbers for the group which really are
Special to the Jewish News
Canada. He has written "Father
not Jewish at all. 'Suns and Moons,'
Fugue" for Bowfire, mixing Baroque
for example, has fusion jazz, rock and
111 ystic Moon" — a musi-
Bach with swinging jazz.
Indian
sounds
with
improvisation."
cal piece that joins
"The individual members of the
organized
in
2000
by
Bowfire,
Jewish and Russian tra-
group
all do things that are unique
Solomon, made its first performance
ditions with pop
and
special
on their own," says
at Expo 2000 in Germany, where the
rhythms — will heat up the stage as
Solomon,
who
attended - Canada's
millennium was celebrated. Because of
Bowfire, a show celebrating the violin,
Royal Conservatory of Music and
the
positive
audience
reaction,
the
makes its Michigan debut 7:30 p.m.
group was-subsequently invited to per- McGill University and picked up jazz
Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Macomb
techniques by working with many
form on the Governor-General's
Center for the Performing Arts.
different instrumentalists.
The piece, written by the production's Awards telecast, the Canadian equiva-
"We're alivays sharing ideas,
creator and artistic
and we have two step-dancing
director, Lenny
fiddle players whose [choreog-
Solomon, does not
raphy] is Irish. Sometimes,
set the tone for the
the rest of us take dance les-
show, but it does
sons. Because we all have our
stretch the variety of
individual careers that we are
music offered by a
pursuing, it's a bit of a trick
versatile group.
-
scheduling Bowfire."
Ten violinists,
Solomon, whose career has
including one on the
made him a three-time win-
Chinese erhu (a slen-
ner of the annual Violinist of
der, two-string vio-
the Year Award presented by
lin-like instrument)
Jazz Report Magazine, has
are joined by a
made two solo CD releases,
rhythm section to
After You've Gone and The
present all kinds of
Gershwin Sessions. He also has
arrangements for
appeared as a featured guest
their favorite instru-
soloist with the Toronto and
ment. Much of the
Winnipeg symphonies as well
music comes from
as many other prestigious
the ensemble's
"Bowfire" is a "display of what the violin is capable of doing."
orchestras.
namesake CD.
A studio musician perform-
"We're not pre-
ing
on hundreds of record-
lent of the Kennedy Center Honors in
senting a concert," says the 40ish
ings, films and television programs,
the
United
States.
The
instrumental-
Solomon, who also appears with the
Solomon also has appeared to benefit
ists soon were touring to America.
Toronto-based musicians. "We're pre-
Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem. He has
"I had been thinking about this
senting a theatrical event. We have
performed in different klezmer
group for years," says Solomon, who
staging, sets, lighting and costumes.
groups and for Toronto synagogues.
also formed many other touring com-
"Everybody really blends the music,
"I have a new group called Trio
bos,
including
the
Lenny
Solomon
and we cover a range that includes
Norte
that combines violin, accor-
Trio, Myles And Lenny, Quintessence
classical, gypsy, jazz, Celtic, Irish, rock
dion
and
guitar," Solomon says. "The
and the Galaxy Trio.
and country styles. We've got a hip-
group
plays
a cross-section of
"As a classically trained jazz violinist
hop Celtic rock number, 'Fiddler in
Mediterranean
styles, including
who has had a chance to play a lot of
the Hood,' that has everybody taking
klezmer,
flamenco,
gypsy and tango. I
country, bluegrass and Celtic music, I
part. With three classical, three-jazz
believe there's a lot of room for
thought
it
would
be
great
to
combine
and three country violinists, we have a
appreciation of many different styles
all different styles in one show.
chance to balance the styles."
and I like the chance to play all of
"I have been fortunate to play with
Many of the musicians, including
them."
Solomon, have traveled to Michigan as so many different kinds of-musicians in
my career, and I felt comfortable
part of other groups and consider
Bowfire will be preformed 7:30
approaching my favorite players in each
those diverse experiences as enrich-
p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Macomb
style
to
put
a
group
like
this
together."
ment background for Bowfire.
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"This show is a display of what the
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Solomon, whose wife, Wendy, per-
George Gao has brought his erhu
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