Chick Corea will receive the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award at Chamber Music America’s annual awards banquet during its 2010 National Conference on January 17. During the banquet composer/pianist Billy Childs and composer, educator, and parodist Peter Schickele (a.k.a. P.D.Q. Bach) will speak in tribute to him. In addition, Chamber Music America will collaborate with New York’s Symphony Space to present a special tribute concert to Chick Corea on Saturday, January 16. Earlier that day, Corea will be joined by Childs, violinist/violist Ida Kavafian, cellist Fred Sherry, and violist Phillip Ying in a discussion of a form that can bring classical and jazz together: the string quartet.
A pianist, a keyboardist, and a drummer as well as a composer, Chick Corea has had a career which has encompassed an encyclopedic range of musical activity. He has straddled the realms of acoustic and electric, improvised and notated jazz. He has collaborated with generations of music legends including Miles Davis, Willie Bobo, Gary Burton, and Anthony Braxton. Chamber Music America honors Corea’s longtime allegiance to small-ensemble music, both in his collaborations as well as his own groups, which include Return to Forever, the Elektric and Akoustic Bands, Circle, and Origin. As a composer, he has created a body of notated work that has been taken up by classical chamber music groups as well as jazz ensembles. (—Condensed from the press release)