EASTON — Saturday, March 21, music lovers will have a chance to hear an international band at the Avalon Theatre, when the Maureen Choi Quartet performs world music and jazz rooted in classical and Spanish folk traditions.
Based in Spain, the group is led by award-winning American violinist Maureen Choi.
Choi is a graduate of Michigan State University and Berklee College of Music. She is a former faculty member at Berklee College of Music and currently teaches at Centro Superior Música Creativa in Madrid.
Choi has crossed many continents in her musical career, performing as a soloist and quartet leader. She has worked with such names as Kanye West, Josh Groban, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rodney Whitacre and Javier Colina. She appears on numerous recording and movie soundtracks.
In her first album as a leader, Choi featured jazz greats from the Detroit scene. After moving to Spain, she recorded "Ida y Vuelta," featuring her original compositions and arrangements and a newly formed quartet. In 2013, the group won first prize in the International Jazz Competition in Talavera. It since has played more than 300 concerts in clubs and festivals in many countries. It recently composed and performed music for a unique show, premiered in Gran Vía (Madrid’s Broadway), blending Spanish classical dance, theater, fashion and music in collaboration with soloists from the Spanish National Ballet.
The Maureen Choi Quartet has sold out concerts in major cities in Spain (such as Madrid and Barcelona), as well as the United States (New York, Boston, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.). It has played the Madrid Jazz Festival, Jazz Festival in Guggenheim, Jazz Festival Yecla, Jazz Festival Teruel, Atlantic Sons Festival, South by Southwest, Festival de Jazz San Javier, CLAZZ, Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in Michigan, and the Shanghai Jazz Festival, and Taichung Jazz Festival in Asia.
Tickets to the Easton show are $25, and available online at www.avalontheatre.com or by calling 410-822-7299.