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Corea-Fleck match-up brings two master musicians to Michigan Theater

By | 2018-01-16T04:55:16-05:00 June 7th, 2007|Entertainment|

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, 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, 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.

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