ACOUSTICALLY SUPERB! Immerse yourself in the sounds of the world in the state-of-the-art MIM Music Theater. Offering spacious seating and exceptional acoustics, the intimate 300-seat theater showcases an inspiring array of live concerts by major artists from around the globe. MIM also offers workshops, ﬁlms, lectures, and interactive performances that draw guests deeper into global musical traditions and trends.
Upcoming Shows for MIM Music Theater
Sunday, Mar. 26, 2017
Blaise Lantana is a veteran musician and public broadcaster. She moved to Phoenix in 1994 to serve as an on-air host for KJZZ’s sister station, KBAQ (89.5 FM). While she has a deep affinity for classical music, the sounds of classic jazz lured her to take on the role of KJZZ’s music director in 1995.
Lantana has been a lifelong musician. She was born in Tucson and grew up in Philadelphia. She began singing at two, playing piano at seven, and took up the organ at twelve. She picked up her first guitar in high school, and it’s been her instrument of choice ever since. As a student at Rutgers University and Texas A&M, she majored in voice and composition and became enchanted by the sounds of Miles Davis’s trumpet and Billie Holiday’s voice, which led her to pursue a musical career in jazz and blues.
Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017
Paxton’s career has taken him from his days as a drama student at the University of Oklahoma to thousands of concerts in venues ranging from coffee houses in Greenwich Village to the Albert Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York. He has done over fifty concert tours in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland and has recorded more than fifty albums of his own songs. Hundreds of other artists have recorded his songs, including Bob Dylan; Johnny Cash; Willie Nelson; Dolly Parton; Judy Collins; John Denver; Joan Baez; and Peter, Paul and Mary.
GRAMMY-winning songwriter Jon Vezner is a tunesmith of rare sensitivity and dry wit. His catalog of songs reads like a songbook itself, interpreted and recorded by some of the greats in the business, such as Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Steve Wariner, the Wiggins, Clay Walker, Diamond Rio, BJ Thomas, Janis Ian, John Mellencamp, Nancy Griffith, and Judy Collins.
Sunday, Apr. 02, 2017
Dick Dale is an American surf rock guitarist, known as “The King of the Surf Guitar.” He pioneered the surf music style, drawing on Eastern musical scales and experimenting with reverberation. He worked closely with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation to produce custom-made amplifiers, including the first-ever 100-watt guitar amplifier. He pushed the limits of electric amplification technology, helping to develop new equipment that was capable of producing distorted, “thick, clearly defined tones” at “previously undreamed-of volumes.” The “breakneck speed of his single-note staccato picking technique” and showmanship with the guitar is considered a precursor to heavy metal music, influencing guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen.
Monday, Apr. 10, 2017
Aaron Neville’s incredible career has seen him move seamlessly back and forth between solo work and his role in the Neville Brothers, known as the “First Family of New Orleans Music.” His first hit single was the landmark “Tell It Like It Is,” which held the number one spot on the R&B charts for five weeks in 1967. He went on to win GRAMMY Awards for his triple-platinum 1989 collaboration with Linda Ronstadt, Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind, and reached the country charts with the title track of “The Grand Tour” in 1993.
Friday, Apr. 14, 2017
DakhaBrakha is a world music quartet from Kiev, Ukraine. Their music is equal parts elemental sound and soul and Ukranian “ethnic chaos,” creating a new world sound that is unexpected and fresh.
Taking their name from the old Ukrainian language (the literal translation is “give/take”), DakhaBrakha was created at the Kiev Center of Contemporary Art by theater director Vladislav Troitskyi. The theater figures prominently in their show, from their costumes to their staging.