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ANN ARBOR – When Chick Corea and Bela Fleck team up for a recording session, it’s news. When they bring their collaboration to the Michigan Theater, it’s the kick-off event of the summer season. Presented by the Michigan and The Ark, the Grammy-Award-winning musicians take the stage at 7:30 p.m. June 12.
Their new, first-ever full-length album of piano-banjo jams, “The Enchantment,” was released on May 22 by Concord Records.
“It came together quickly. We just really hit it,” Corea said in a statement. “We talked a lot and decided to prepare by writing music first. So Bela wrote and I wrote. We talked on the phone and finally got together in Nashville.”
The pianist described making the record on his Web site, http://www.chickcorea.com. Fleck, in turn, called making the CD “one of my greatest experiences as a musician, playing with my hero, Chick Corea.” Their tour is being described as “Two Musical Worlds Collide.” It’s cosmic for sure, but less collision than mind-meld. Fleck has said his epiphany that the banjo could be a jazz instrument came when he heard piano virtuoso Corea’s recording of his own composition, “Spain.”
Reserved seats are $21-$36; buy tickets online at ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets including Macy’s, and the Michigan Union Ticket Office. To charge by phone, call (734) 763-TKTS or (248) 645-6666.
The concert is the second event in the new jazz series collaboration between the Ark and the Michigan Theater.