by Kali Cozyris
Marimba One, the Arcata-based producer of world-class marimbas, vibraphones and mallets, is joining Humboldt State University in sponsoring the International Katarzyna Mycka Marimba Festival, happening June 2-11. Hosted by artistic director and Polish marimba virtuoso Katarzyna Mycka, it's the first time the IKMMA is being held outside of Europe. And lucky for us! Humboldt is in for a mellow and melodious treat as renowned festival faculty from around the globe, guest composers and academy participants perform a series of concerts at, the Arcata Playhouse and HSU's Van Duzer Theater. All performances are $15, $10 for students. Here's where you can catch the vibe:
On Saturday, June 3 at 7 p.m. at the Arcata Playhouse, the opening concert features Katarzyna Mycka (Poland), Andreas Boettger (Germany), Jean Geoffroy (France), Juan David Forero (Colombia), Conrado Moya (Spain), Filip Mercep (Croatia). With music by Bach, Mussorgsky, Leibowitz and Wirtz.
Then, starting Sunday, June 4 at the Van Duzer Theater, catch a series of nightly performances at 7 p.m. featuring academy faculty and participants continuing through Thursday, June 8. On Friday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m., there will be a free school kids' concert at the Van Duzer featuring Katarzyna Mycka and Academy participants performing C. Saint-Saens' "The Carnival of Animals."
And finally, academy participants play a wide range of styles during the closing concert on Saturday, June 10 at 7 p.m. at the Arcata Playhouse.
For more information, visit www.marimbaone.com.