CORKY SIEGEL CHAMBER BLUES

The Cache Valley Center for the Arts presents CORKY SIEGEL CHAMBER BLUES

Casual Concerts Series in the Bullen Center

“Audiences don’t merely like it, they love it.” – The Banff Centre- Canada

LOGAN, UT — The Cache Valley Center for the Arts presents Corky Siegel Chamber Blues on June 3, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bullen Center. Is it blues, is it classical? Walking the line between Beethoven and B.B. King and armed with the creative genius and instrumental prowess that have defined his career for nearly four decades, Corky has pioneered an original, genre-busting Chamber blues – a fresh, innovative sound capturing the sparkling qualities of classical music merged with the emotional melodic style of blues, all within an intimate chamber setting.

“Corky Siegel has merged together a blues musician, a classical string quartet, a jazz percussionist with an East Indian tabla player to create an original award-winning sound,” said Wally Bloss, executive director for the Cache Valley Center for the Arts. “This combination of music appeals to blues and classical fans alike. It’s so diverse in its sound that you will not be able to stop yourself from dancing right out of your chair!”

“Gritty Chicago blues and rarefied classical chamber music might not seem like a match made in heaven — until you’ve heard Corky Siegel bring the two together … a crowning achievement.” – Chicago Tribune

Under Corky’s lead, The West End String Quartet and percussionist Frank Donaldson complete the Chamber Blues Band. Described by critics internationally as: remarkable, astonishing, extraordinary, hot, mesmerizing, joyous and outrageous fun, their music and concerts have delighted diverse audiences globally and their genre-defying presentations are drawing new and old concert-goers to places they have never been before. Corky Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s great blues harmonica masters. He charms the ears off anyone who hears him with humorous lyrics and dazzling good time boogie woogie blues piano.

The Chamber Blues players include Corky Siegel, harmonica and piano; Chihsuan Yang, violin; Aurelien Fort-Pederzoli, violin; Doyle Armbrust, viloa; Jill Kaeding, violin; and Frank Donaldson, percussion. This hybrid musical adventure is the result of a marriage between Muddie Waters and Mozart. Classical music and the American born Blues unite for a joyful and quirky celebration of sound and a unique amalgamation of musical flavors.

Corky Siegel’s career began with a fortunate break when he formed the legendary Siegel-Schwall Band that toured the major rock palaces and clubs in the 60’s and 70’s. He was introduced to the blues through his very first steady engagement at Peppers the internationally renowned blues club where his job included performances with the blues masters themselves, such as Willie Dixon, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, and Howlin’ Wolf. “For groups like the Rolling Stones … names like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf were exotic inspirations. For Siegel-Schwall they were the guys that played with them on 43rd Street.” – Lin Brehmer – Music Director for WXRT radio.

Today, as a composer, singer, blues harmonica, piano player and songwriter, Siegel has received many awards for his talents including the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest/Meet the Composer’s national award for the chamber music composition, and the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award for Music Composition.

Siegel has written and performed works for Arthur Fiedler and the San Francisco Symphony, the Grant Park Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra. His music has been choreographed by five different international ballet companies and has been used for many national television specials and motion pictures. Siegel currently has seventeen recordings and numerous reissues on various record labels such as Vanguard, RCA, Varese Sarabande, Alligator, Gadfly Records, and the prestigious classical label Deutsche Grammophon.

Siegel continues to perform as a guest soloist with symphony orchestras world-wide, which have included the New York Philharmonic, Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Metropolitana De Lisboa in Portugal, and many more. Corky’s newest project, with the West End String Quartet and Frank Donaldson has earned tremendous acclaim throughout the country and continues to open doors for classical and blues/jazz listeners.

For more information on Corky Siegel Chamber Blues, including full media reviews, cast bios, instrument bios, study guides, hi-res images, video excerpts, technical plots and more, please visit www.chamberblues.com.

Presented by the Cache Valley Center for the Arts, Corky Seigel’s Chamber Blues will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3 in the Bullen Center. Tickets are $30 on the main floor or $15 backstage. Tickets for can be purchased online anytime without any additional fees at www.CacheArts.org or at the Cache Valley Center for the Arts Ticket Office in the Bullen Center at 43 South Main. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and one hour prior to all show times. For details call 435-752-0026 or visit us online.

This “Casual Concert” is made possible by the generous support from our season sponsors including: George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation; Marie Eccles Caine Foundation – Russell Family; Conservice utility management & billing; Cache County Restaurant/RAPZ Tax Funds, Logan City Cultural Arts Grant; Utah Division of Arts & Museums & the National Endowment for the Arts; and Wasatch Logan Arts Foundation.