Grammy Winning Cellist, Singer & Composer Mike Block to Perform in Sandwich

Village Concert Series - February 8th
Grammy-Winning Cellist Mike Block (Kelly Lorenz photo)

Sandwich, MA – The third performance of the four-part Village Concert Series brought to you by the Sandwich Arts Alliance features Mike Block, a pioneering cellist, singer, composer, and educator who will be performing at Sandwich Town Hall on Friday, February 8th at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 ($10 for students) and may be purchased at www.sandwichartsalliance.org or at Splash Stationers on Route 6A in Sandwich

“This is an opportunity to bring a first-rate talent to Sandwich and surrounding communities," according to Event Coordinator, June Bowser-Barrett, "one that they may not otherwise have an opportunity to hear.”

Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st century” and acclaimed by the NY Times for his "vital rich-hued solo playing," Block's solo performances offer a provocative mixture of core classical repertoire with original compositions. He has collaborated in performance and on recordings with a variety of diverse musicians, including Will.i.am, Edgar Meyer, Stevie Wonder, the New York Philharmonic, Bon Iver, Zakir Hussain, Rachel Barton Pine, Allison Krauss, Mark O'Connor, Rhiannon Giddens, Bobby McFerrin, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, and Julian Lage.

Mike is an active recording artist of original material, folk music and cross-cultural collaborations. He has an ongoing project to record all of the Bach cello suites in acoustically rich bathrooms of famous concert halls, BachInTheBathroom.com.

In 2017, Block became an ongoing contributor to Facebook’s Sound Collection, for which he has composed, arranged, recorded, and produced over 300 tracks ranging from Western classical to contemporary pop, as well as traditional music from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The concert is on a Friday night because Block will be joining John Williams, Instrumental Music Teacher at Oak Ridge School during the day to work and perform with Williams' students. “We like to bring in a variety of professional musical presentations, exposing our students to high quality performances and letting them experience a variety of musical styles”, remarked Williams.

The concert promises a lively, enjoyable and diverse variety of music genres including Block’s own innovative stylings which the Sandwich Arts Alliance is proud introduce to music lovers across the region.


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