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February GO Series with Michael Malis

February 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Feb GO Michael Malis

Feb GO Michael Malis

February GO Series with Michael Malis

We’ve been following pianist Michael Malis for a while since we heard his project Balance with saxophonist Marcus Elliot. For this concert, Michael will feature original music from his August 2021 album Imperfect Intervals which came about from the process of recording a “sound diary” of improvisations the past year and a half. We admire Michael’s versatility as a musician, composer, improviser, and player. We’ve thrilled to present him from his hometown of Detroit for our final concert of the season.

Our Folias Music GO Series is a monthly live-streamed concert with Folias Duo alongside musical guests who play fresh, undiscovered, and newly written music for soloists and small groups. We started the GO Series in 2020 to keep connecting with musicians and audiences, and we’re excited about the continued availability of broadcasting technologies for independent artists. The 2021-22 season presents musicians from Chicago, Grand Rapids, Los Angeles, and Detroit who play will play classical, world, jazz, and improvisational-based music.

These concerts are free, but your support is essential for us to keep presenting these concerts. We suggest a $10 – $20 per person donation for the concerts. You can also support Folias Music on our website. 

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Folias Duo
Dream Dances (2021) – Bergeron
I. Procession of the Foxes
II. Forgotten Peach Blossoms
Locust Storm (2021) – Maret

Michael Malis – Piano
Imperfect Intervals (Malis)
31114/Seeds (Malis)
Round Midnight/Prelude No. 4 Op. 16 (Monk/Scriabin)
Groove Etude (Malis)

Michael Malis is a composer, pianist, and music educator based in Detroit, Michigan. A multi-faceted musical artist, he works across genres in improvisational, concert music, and interdisciplinary settings. His March 2020 release, Three Pieces for Piano, was praised by the Southeast Michigan Jazz Association as “thrilling music, with shifting harmonic and rhythmic qualities that require prodigious precise technique and the kind of generic versatility that few pianists achieve.” His duo project with saxophonist Marcus Elliot, Balance, has been praised as “contemporary jazz of the highest order, a benchmark for where the genre can go” (Detroit Metro Times.)

As a composer, Malis has been commissioned by Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Chamber Music Society of Detroit, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Detroit Composers’ Project, Virago, Hole in the Floor, and others. As a pianist, he has shared the stage with such luminaries as Marcus Belgrave, Gerald Cleaver, Jaribu Shahid, John Lindberg, William Hooker, A. Spencer Barefield, Tyshawn Sorey, Ken Filiano, J.D. Allen, Andrew Bishop, Dennis Coffey, and Marion Hayden.


Suggested donation of $10 – $20 per person

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Folias Music
756 Lyon Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


February 20
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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