Plymouth, N.H. —The New Gary Burton Quartet, led by iconic vibraphonist and seven-time Grammy winner Gary Burton, will open the 2013-14 Silver Series for the Performing Arts September 15 at 7 p.m. at Plymouth State University. This undisputed king of the four-mallet technique has created a winning vibe alongside an array of musicians from Chet Atkins to k.d. lang and Chick Corea.
His new quartet features guitar virtuoso Julian Lage, rising superstar bassist Scott Colley and veteran drummer Antonio Sanchez. Dave Gelly wrote in The Observer, “It’s one thing to be a virtuoso player, which he is, but quite another to create a whole sonic world with just four musicians. That’s what Burton has been doing consistently for more than 45 years.”
At 70 years of age Burton is rewriting the book on retirement with a new CD release. “Guided Tour” came out August 20 on Mack Avenue Records. He sought out original material from all the band’s members, illuminating their wide range of cross-cultural music styles. “They outdid themselves this time,” he says.
Burton’s autobiography, Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton from Berklee Press hits the stands September 3.
Burton’s stature as the former executive vice president of Berklee College of Music in Boston caps three decades of life in jazz education, which coincided with his already busy career as a performer and recording artist. His reintroduction and expansion of the technique of four-mallet playing helped to create one of the jazz world’s signature sounds.
Tickets for the New Gary Burton Quartet in the Hanaway Theatre are $35-30 for adults, $33-28 for seniors and $20-15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.
Burton will be signing CDs and books in the Silver Lobby after the performance.