Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
Mika Stoltzman, marimba
Héctor Del Curto, bandoneón
Pedro Giraudo, double bass

Release Date:

7th June 2019

Cat No:






Clarinet legend Richard Stoltzman and virtuoso marimbist Mika Stoltzman arrive on AVIE with a stunning collection of works in which the duo finds freedom in music of the past and equally breaks through boundaries with new arrangements and commissions. John Zorn’s title track, Palimpsest, written in 2018 for Richard’s 75th birthday, sets the tone, evoking layers of tradition and innovation. Richard’s lifelong friendship with William Thomas McKinley led to the jazzy collection Mostly Blues, three of which are performed on this album. The musical meat of the album are the couple’s own arrangements of monumental works by Johann Sebastian Bach – Mika’s solo marimba take on the Chaconne from Partita in D minor originally for solo violin, and Richard’s colourful Chromatic Fantasia for solo clarinet and Fugue, BWV 903 bringing him together with marimba and bandoneon. The versatile Mika, who has collaborated with such musicians as Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez and Steve Gadd, also provides a jazz-tinged duo arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte, and the album takes a side trip to the Argentinian world of Astor Piazzolla with a solo clarinet version of the composer’s Etude No. 5, and the full complement of musicians coming together for Fuga y misterio.


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
1. Chromatic Fantasia arr. solo clarinet
and Fugue, BWV 903 arr. clarinet, marimba and bandoneon (15.51)
2. Chaconne arr. solo marimba (16.51)
from Partita in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
3. Pavane pour une infante défunte arr. clarinet and marimba (6.47)
William Thomas McKinley (1938 – 2015)
4. Mostly Blues Nos. 2, 8 & 12 for clarinet and marimba (6.10)
John Zorn (b.1953)
5. Palimpsest for clarinet and marimba (4.44)
Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)
6.  Tango–Étude No. 5 arr. solo clarinet (2.30)
7. Fuga y misterio arr. clarinet, marimba, bandoneon and bass 6.10
Total time: 59.04


Recorded: 26.II.–1.III.2018, Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, State University of New York at Purchase
Produced and engineered by Steven Epstein
Recording Assistant: Yuka Abe