Illinois State University Media Relations

November 8, 2011

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Cellist Mike Block recital Nov. 9

Photo of Mike BlockCellist Mike Block will present a School of Music Guest Artist recital on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m. in Illinois State University’s Kemp Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st Century," Block is a multi-genre cellist, composer and educator living in New York City. His musical projects include the Mike Block Band and the Triborough Trio. The Band features Block as singer, cellist and composer in a mixture of original songs and instrumentals drawing upon multiple genres. The Trio features unique arrangements of traditional and contemporary music from around the world.

While still studying at the Juilliard School, Block joined Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.  He founded the Mike Block String Camp in Vero Beach, Fla. in 2009, with a goal of empowering students to compose, arrange, learn and perform music by ear with instruction in multiple non-classical styles.  or more information, visit

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