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"[James Walker] is a virtuoso performer...as he indicated in his ingenious transcription of a Bach sonata for solo violin." (excerpted from a review by Frank Merkling, Danbury (CT) News-Times Arts Critic - June 26, 2000) "Chausson's "Cantique de Sainte Cecile" showed Vokes...to have a sweet and pointed soprano well suited to French and to Italian, as she proved in three Tosti songs delivered with fine phrasing"

The Vokes-Walker Duo is comprised of Sara Vokes, soprano, and James Walker, percussion. Their concert repertoire ranges from transcriptions of Baroque and Classical pieces, to classic American song. They recently premiered a new piece for voice and marimba, composed especially for the Duo by composer Charles Bubeck.

The Duo also incorporates modern technology into their performances, featuring James' work on mallet synthesizer. Recent performances at private functions featured songs by Enya (Only Time) and Peter Gabriel (In Your Eyes), and took advantage of the wide variety of sounds available through the use of synthesizers.

The Duo perform in concert, for private events, and are active as clinicians and educators (both having taught at the University level).


SARA VOKES has performed with Glimmerglass Opera (as a resident artist), Tulsa Opera, Illinois Opera, and Ithaca Opera. She is a winner of the Florida Grand Opera and NATSA competitions, as well as the NOA/Marjorie Gordon Award, and she has been a finalist for the Friederich Schorr Competition, the Richard Tucker/Stuart Jacobson Award, and the St. Louis Symphony/Women's Guild competition.

For more on Sara's work as a solo artist, voice teacher, and commercial voice-over artist, please see Sara's pages at malletjazz.com: click here.

contact Sara:

www.malletjazz.com/inquiry.html


JAMES WALKER has performed nationally and internationally, including appearances in Puerto Rico and Taiwan. He has shared the stage with such noted musicians as classical marimba virtuoso Gordon Stout, guitarist Fareed Haque, and steel pan artists Cliff Alexis and Liam Teague. Skilled in a wide variety of musical genres, he also leads the James Walker Group (jazz vibraphone) and performs regularly around the greater New York City region on pan (steel drums).

Also active as an educator, James has taught percussion at Ithaca College and Northern Illinois University, and has presented clinics at numerous colleges and secondary schools across the country.

contact James:

www.malletjazz.com/inquiry.html


James endorses mallets by Mike Balter


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