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Jazz en Plein Air: Hendrik Meurkens at Parrish Art Museum

July 31, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


This is the third installment of Jazz en Plein Air, featuring many talented musicians selected by the East End’s legendary Richie Siegler, jazz musician and founding director of Escola de Samba BOOM. The evening will featureHendrik Meurkens Quartet playing on the Museum’s Mildred C. Brinn Terrace.

Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, self-taught prodigy Hendrik Meurkens started the path of the musician in his teen years. After having achieved a great command of both the vibraphone and chromatic harmonica, he pursued formal studies at Berklee College in Boston as a vibraphone major. In 1982 he moved to Rio de Janeiro, invited by Mauricio Einhorn, the great Brazilian harmonica player and composer of bossa nova, to immerse himself completely in the country’s music styles.

Mr. Meurkens’ understanding of the Brazilian music vocabulary has since been praised by native Brazilian musicians, and his works are considered as true to this influence as those of a Brazilian composer. Back in Europe, his unique voice on both instruments helped him position himself as an important musician on the European scene. Moving to the U.S. in 1992 after being signed by Concord Records, Mr. Meurkens became a regular of the New York Jazz scene. His recordings for Concord successfully introduced Mr. Meurkens to the global audience and established him as the first major new voice on the Jazz harmonica since Toots Thielemans.

The Golden Pear Café at the Parrish will be serving special food and drinks, so come socialize, soak in the scenery, and have a glass of wine, to the sounds of the many talented musicians.

Seating is limited and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to enjoy the live music from the terrace and the Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Foundation Event Lawn.

2015 Jazz en Plein Air Dates:

Fridays from 6-8 pm; May 29, June 26, July 31, and August 28.


July 31, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk Highway
Water Mill, NY 11976 United States
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