Jazz Duet: BILL BARES and MIKE HOLSTEIN Appearing Mon Oct 6th 2014 at 7:30pm


TICKETS         $12 ($6 Students) 

Since opening its doors five years ago the White Horse Black Mountain jazz has been a big part of our musical programming.  Our newest offering is a monthly series called "Take Two" featuring Bill Bares on piano and a variety of the region's top jazz musicians sharing the stage with Bill in duet format

This month we present
Dr Bill Bares 
on piano  
Mike Holstein 
on bass


About Mike Holstein
Bassist/composer Mike Holstein has been playing music since early childhood. His first instruments were guitar, violin, piano and drums. It wasn't until he was attending Western Carolina University that he discovered the bass. His affinity for the instrument was immediately apparent. Within a few years he was performing regularly and became one of the most sought after bassists in the Southeast. From the beginning he was writing his own music. He joined the creative young jazz group, the Taken Back Quartet. This ensemble soon became a fixture on the thriving Asheville music scene. They played to a loyal almost cult-like following.

In 2001, the members of the quartet along with Sharon LaMotte formed the Jazz Composers Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to the presentation and documentation of original, instrumental jazz. The Forum became a mainstay of the local music fabric as Mike and the Taken Back Quartet accompanied guest composers in concert presentations. Mike's involvement grew with the forum whose activities now include workshops, presentations in grade schools and tours of venues throughout the region. He has presented his own music multiple times as leader and in the capacity of ?Composer-in-Residence?.

Since 2004, Mike has been a member of the band Cotangent, a New York based group led by pianist/composer Bill Gerhardt. He has played on two recordings with this band, ?Stained Glass? and ?Thrive?. He also appears on Tony Moreno?s ?Trio Music? (Art of Life Records). He has performed with Joe Locke, Ingrid Jensen, Randy Brecker, Frank Kimbrough, Kendra Shank, Ron Horton, Marc Mommaas and Tim Horner among others. A truly gifted musician, Mike is finding himself more in demand than ever as he performs in jazz clubs in New York, throughout the Carolinas and continues to be a force with the Jazz Composers Forum.



ABOUT BILL BARES

Dr. William Bares holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Harvard University, where he studied with Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music. Bares spent ten years performing and researching jazz in Europe, and his book Eternal Triangle: American Jazz in European Postmodern is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Other research interests include jazz and race, and music and environmental issues. Before coming to UNC Asheville, Bares taught at several Boston-based schools, including Harvard University, Brown University, Suffolk University, the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.
After years of additional study and gigging in major jazz centers, Bares and family landed in Asheville, where he and his wife both teach at UNCA. In addition to his teaching, Bares keeps up a busy and varied performance schedule with jazz ensembles of myriad configurations and styles.

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ABOUT THE CONCERT SERIES

The "Take Two" Concert Series at White Horse focuses on duets featuring pianist Bill Bares and a rotating cast of the FIRST CLASS regional musicians on their respective instruments. Concerts in the series will take place on the first Monday of each month at 7:30pm. You'll hear a wide variety of unique and amazing music so be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming concerts in the series.
  • Mar 3 Bill Bares (piano / Jason DeCristofaro (vibraphone)
  • Apr 7 Bill Bares (piano / Rockell Scott (vocals)
  • May 5 Bill Bares (piano /   ** Postponed **
  • Jun 2 Bill Bares (piano / Jonathan Scales (steel drums)
  • July 7 Bill Bares (piano / Billy Cardine (dobro)
  • Aug 4 Bill Bares (pianos / Andy Page (guitar)
  • Sept 1 Bill Bares (piano / Patrick Lopez (trumpet)
  • Oct 6 Bill Bares (piano / Michael Holstein (bass)
  • Nov 3 Bill Bares (piano / Lyndsay Pruett (violin)
  • Dec 1 Bill Bares (piano / Michael Jefry Stevens (piano)

From Dr Bill Bares:
First of all, I love the sound and feel of their piano. Second, I felt that a series that puts WNC's A-list jazz musicians out front, alone, with just piano accompaniment, would spotlight their individual artistry in a valuable way. We plan on recording performances and releasing them as a series patterned after Concord's "Live at Maybeck" piano series.
Last, I thought that holding such a series on a Monday at 7:30 would make it noncompetitive with other jazz offerings in the area. That time slot sends the message: "it's all about the music," which I am confident you will find phenomenal. For the roster I have selected area musicians (one different instrument each month) with substantial fan base, individuality and with whom I have a good rapport. I am looking forward to widening this circle in subsequent years.