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World-class jazz musicians perform Sunday in Grass Valley

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World class musicians Ian Ethan, Motoshi Kosako, Paul McCandless and Michael Manring will perform Sunday in Grass Valley.

A special Sunday Jazz concert will feature world-class musicians in Grass Valley.

Acoustic double-neck guitarist Ian Ethan will co-headline with Jazz harpist Motoshi Kosako, featuring Grammy nominee and internationally renowned fretless electric bass innovator Michael Manring, and Grammy-winning woodwind player Paul McCandless beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community of Mountains.

Double-neck guitarist Ian Ethan picked up the uncommon 18-string instrument in 2005, two years after leaving the Berklee College of Music. For some musicians, the instrument is a challenge, but Ethan says it is "the most effective and intuitive means I've found to translate into sound the things I'm hearing in my head."

Kosako, a local resident, is considered one of the most influential jazz harpists in Japan. In 2002 and 2003, he recorded two classical harp albums, "Celestial Harp I" and "Celestial Harp II." In April 2008, he released his first Jazz Album, "Naked Wonder." In 2010 he started an intimate collaboration with McCandless and released the duo album "Place in the Heart."

Motoshi was the principal harpist of Stockton Symphony Orchestra and was the featured soloist for Mozart's Flute & Harp Concerto in the 2009-2010 season.

Manring, known for his innovative approach to the bass and adventurous solo concerts, has appeared on approximately 200 recordings and toured throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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He has received Grammy and Bammie nominations, the Berklee School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, two Gold Records, and the Bassist of the Year award from the readers of "Bass Player" magazine.

McCandless is a Grammy Award winner. He is a gifted multi-instrumentalist and composer, specializing on the oboe, English horn, bass clarinet, soprano and sopranino saxophones and a collection of folk flutes reflecting his grounding in both classical and jazz disciplines.

Tickets to the Sunday performance are $17 to $20.

Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling 530-692-8983.

The 6:30 p.m. concert will be located at UUCM, 246 S. Church St. in Grass Valley.

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