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Jean-Michel Pilc Trio, Darkwood Consort With Flautist George Gary Stroutsos


Ed. note: The renowned flautist is Gary Stroutsos, not George.

Jazz Hands, Flaunting a Flautist

It may feel like it's happening at the pace of a slow waltz, but the valley's musical culture is surely--however slowly--growing. The indicators are dotted across the calendar like little quarter notes. For instance, The Boise Jazz Society is bringing New York-based, Paris-born jazz pianist Jean-Michel Pilc to Boise on Thursday, Oct. 21, for a 7 p.m. performance at in the Belgravia Building at 461 Main St.

Pilc, an autodidact, plays in a way that is at once ethereal and dense--to an untrained ear, it can sound like a difficult trigonometry problem. Combined with bass and drums, the Jean-Michel Pilc Trio becomes an incredible creature of mystery, energy and music.

BJS also brings Brazilian jazz drummer and composer Mauricio Zottarelli and the Mauricio Zottarelli Quintet to Boise on Sunday, Nov. 7, and the Lorca Hart Trio featuring vocalist Kenny Washington on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011.

The Jean-Michel Pilc Trio show costs $40 and is for BJS members only. A limited number of memberships are still available, so if you're interested, e-mail Mike Samball at for more information.

In more classical music news, the Darkwood Consort will join forces with flautist Gary Stroutsos and percussionist David Revelli for two afternoons of tunes.

Much like Pilc's jazz, Stroutsos' music is both earthy and heavenly due to his worldly inspirations. He draws from "traditional cultures" playing American Indian, Chinese, Cuban and American Jazz music.

Coupled with the music of Darkwood Consort--Aage Nielsen on the doucaine (a medieval oboe) and Jennifer Drake on the vielle (a medieval fiddle), you'll feel transported back in time or space--or both.

Concerts take place on Saturday, Nov. 6, and Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. the Cana Chapel, 717 N. 11th St., at 2 p.m. Admission is $15 general, $10 students and seniors. For tickets, call Jennifer Drake at 208-761-5861.