An NEA Jazz Master, 22-time Grammy® winner, prolific composer and keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea has attained living legend status after five decades of unparalleled creativity and an artistic output that is simply staggering.
From straight ahead to avant-garde,bebop to fusion, children’s songs to chamber music, along with some far-reaching forays into symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his illustrious career while maintaining a standard of excellence that is awe-inspiring.A tirelessly creative spirit, Chick continues to forge ahead, continually reinventing himself in the process.
Since embarking on a solo career in 1966, Chick has been at the forefront of jazz, both as a renowned pianist forging new ground with his acoustic jazz bands and as an innovative electric keyboardist with Return to Forever and the Elektric Band. His extensive discography boasts numerous essential albums, beginning with his 1968 classic, “Now He Sings, Now He Sobs”.
Chick continues to make a significant impact on the scene, as evidenced by 2007’s Latin Grammy®-winning “The Enchantment” (duets with banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck), 2008’s Grammy®-winning “The New Crystal Silence” (duets with longstanding collaborator Gary Burton), 2009’s “Returns” (documenting Return to Forever’s 2008 reunion tour) and 2009’s Grammy®-winning “Five Peace Band Live” (with John McLaughlin, Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett and Vinnie Colaiuta).
Corea’s recent schedule continues his unbroken string of productivity, with more world tours and four new albums: the critically-acclaimed “Further Explorations” (with Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian); “The Continents: Concerto for Jazz Quintet and Chamber Orchestra”, an ambitious new classical release and a crowning achievement in his work as a master composer; the release of Return to Forever’s latest live album, “The Mothership Returns”; and “Hot House”, a transcendent new set of standards in his acclaimed duet with Gary Burton.
In 2013, Corea took home two Grammy® Awards for “Hot House”,including Best Instrumental Composition for his newly-composed work for piano, vibes and string quartet, “Mozart Goes Dancing”; and Best Improvised Jazz Solo, for “Hot House”. The two honors were, remarkably, Corea’s 19th and 20th Grammy® Awards.
Chick Corea’s latest project, “The Vigil”, with all new music and a new band, was released to massive critical acclaim in 2013.
Other Piano Artists
A musical phenomenon, Hiromi gathered attention when performed Chick Corea invited her to perform with him when just 17. She already had a recording contract while still in college, and is now an award winning star known around the world.
Milica Skarik is a pianist, that is performing mostly as chamber musician. She performs regularly in her country R. of Macedonia, but also has performed in France, Germany, USA, Bulgaria, Italy, Serbia etc. She recently recorded a CD with the hautboist Vladimir Lazarevski with works from Slavic composers.
Pianist and composer Cesare Picco has become an official ‘Yamaha Artist’, becoming part of an exclusive group of musicians. Cesare Picco started studying piano when he was four years old and from 1986 he started to perform his own music. He is author to ballets, operas, music for theatre and special projects performed worldwide Cesare has performed at Italy’s most important festivals and worldwide including Delhi Jazz Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival, Abu Dhabi Festival, Singapore Old Parliament, Hanoi Opera House, Al Maidan Centre Kuwait City, Kolkata Tagore Centre, Shillong Auditorium, Guggenheim Venice, Tokyo Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, New York Whitney Museum, and Tokyo Blue Note. He has worked with distinguished artists including Naseer Shamma, Giovanni Hidalgo, Edmar Castaneda, Nino Josele, Vasilis Saleas, Miles Jaye, Giovanni Sollima, Hajime Mizoguchi, Markus Stockhausen, Yukimi Nagano, Taketo Gohara, and many Italian artists. As a composer he has written music for solos, chamber music ensembles and orchestras such as Virtuosi Italiani, Berlin Chamber Soloists, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.