Friday, January 22, 2010

Anne Akiko Meyers on tour with Chris Botti

Virtuoso violinist performs acclaimed jazz trumpeter’s GRAMMY-nominated Emmanuel on select dates throughout the US

This month the versatile and innovative violinist Anne Akiko Meyers goes on tour with the world’s most celebrated jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti. The first concerts took places earlier in January in Greensville (SC), Morristown (NJ) and Portland (ME) with future dates in Durham (NC) on January 25th and 26th and West Palm Beach on January 28th with more to be announced in the spring. On the program Meyers joins Chris Botti in his GRAMMY-nominated Emmanuel from Botti’s latest recording project Chris Botti in Boston.

Both Anne Akiko Meyers and Chris Botti are former Indiana University Music School classmates -- and mutual admirers. In December, when Botti was urgently seeking a world-class violinist to join him right away on his nationwide tour, he asked Meyers -- who had just completed a tour with singing supergroup Il Divo -- to join him and was honored when she enthusiastically agreed. The pair’s chemistry is proving to be a resounding success with critics who are calling their performance “heartstopping” and “enchanting.”

Meyers relishes the opportunity to share her artistry with diverse audiences who may be new to classical music. "It is so fantastic to reconnect with Chris Botti musically, personally and professionally after growing up together when we studied in Indiana all those years ago,” she says. “The trumpet and violin are so well-suited to sing as a duet-it has been a joy to work with him and his incredibly talented bandmates."

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