Kira Frabotta and Mike Jellick to warm up the Gallery in November…
On November 18th, please join us as we welcome autumn with the sounds of yesteryear at fundraising event for the Polish Mission. Metro Detroit hot vintage jazz will set the mood to unveil a new exhibit of the six original Stryjenska paintings from the Polish Mission collection. Food and Wine have been graciously provided by the Cadieux Cafe, and Leelanau Cellars, allowing our guests to enjoy some of Michigan’s finest food and drink.as our gallery is transformed into a 1930s Detroit jazz club for the evening.
Zofia Stryjenska is known as the “Princess of Polish Painting.” Her avant garde style consumed her art and her life during the period between the two World Wars. Stryjenska’s signature “old meets new” style combined Polish country themes with modern Art Deco graphic design and vibrant colors. Her dynamic delivery of that concept made her works some of the most recognizable and influential pieces in the panorama of Polish masters.
Kira Frabotta is a sultry swing jazz vocalist influenced by the greats: Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Billy Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Doris Day, Jo Stafford, and Anita O’Day. She is also a singer/songwriter with compositions to her credit in the style of contemporary artists the likes of Joni Mitchell, Ricki Lee Jones, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, and Carol King.
Kira’s rich vocals display a fine sense of pitch and humor, intonation and elegance. Her clean soprano top is balanced by a smooth mezzo/alto sweetness along with her natural ability to scat like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Kira has an ear for musical harmony, pure jazz tonality, and natural phrasing which is evident in her live performances Ms. Frabotta has worked with some of Detroit’s own – talented musicians including Saxophonist, Raphael Statin at the Detroit International Jazz Festival, Mike Jellick on keys, Detroit’s own swing guitar legend, Rob Bourassa and cello virtuoso, Mike Karoub along with many others. She is a regular to sit in as a vocalist at various jazz clubs around Detroit, most notably, Cliff Bells, close to the Fox Theatre and Comerica Park. Visit www.kirafrabotta.com for more!
Born in New Delhi, India, and raised in Livonia, MI, Michael is one of the most sought-after pianists in the Midwest. His entrance into the world of music began with his private classical training at just two years old, which continued through his college years, although it was in high school where his love for jazz took shape. In his playing, musicians, music critics, and general audiences alike easily hear him draw from his influences of both classical and jazz, in his jazz performances and compositions. He is equally well known for his writing, arranging, and teaching, all of which have been consistently being performed through numerous appearances at various institutions and venues throughout U.S. Mike has private studios teaching both jazz and classical theory and performance in both the metro area as well as Kalamazoo, MI. Citing a constant need to grow through actively composing, he has been awarded commissions by groups ranging from smaller private schools to larger corporations, groups, and non-profits: Most notably, Lincoln Center.
Currently residing in the Detroit Metro area, Mike has enjoyed spending time either touring, on stage, and/or in the studio with Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Jesse Palter, Rodney Whitaker, Karriem Riggins, and Bob Hurst, to name a few. A premiere of Mr. Jellick’s re-working of The Nutcracker Suite is due out this December. More about what Mike Jellick is up to including links to a schedule, blog and other “digital” extensions of him, can be found on the internet at: www.flavors.me/mikejellick.
Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.autumnrhapsody.eventbrite.com, or by calling the Orchard Lake Schools main office at (248) 682-1885.