"Malis’ flexible touch and attack can sound sumptuous, splashy or spiky, and his well-developed technique allows him to get around the piano easily. He also has an impressive way of spreading out the rhythm between his two hands to create a fulsome sound that comes from playing the entire instrument."

- Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press



Schaver Music Recital Hall
Old Main, Wayne State University
480 W Hancock, Detroit


Michael Malis and Marcus, collectively known as “Balance,” will perform new works for piano and saxophone; in addition, each of them will present new compositions with his own trio.  Michael Malis teams up with Nicole Patrick on vibes and percussion and Rafael Statin on soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, and bass flute to perform “Numerology,” a blend of composed and improvised music whose roots lies in both contemporary classical music and jazz.   Then Marcus Elliot’s ensemble, a trio of improvisers called ME3, takes the stage with Brian Juarez on bass, Kayvon Gordon on drums and Marcus on saxophones.  Marcus’s music too draws from both African-American and classical traditions. 

Selections to be announced from the stage


Reception to follow


$5 advance parking available, more information here


Introducing JazzWorks!

JazzWorks explores new musical work by accomplished Detroit jazz artists, presented in an acoustically-excellent recital hall setting.  This inaugural JazzWorks concert features compositions and improvisations by saxophonist Marcus Elliot and pianist Michael Malis, with special guests.

Michael Malis grew up in Grosse Pointe, studied with legendary Detroit jazz pianist Bess Bonnier in high school, began working with trumpeter Marcus Belgrave as a teenager and eventually studied with one of Belgrave's most important proteges, pianist Geri Allen at the University of Michigan.  A versatile musician fluent in musical styles across the spectrum, Malis is equally accomplished as a composer and pianist.  He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Detroit Jazz Festival, The Stone (NYC), and the Detroit Institute of Arts, among other venues. As a leader, he has toured with his trio across the Midwest, East Coast, and Canada, appearing in New York, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Baltimore, and Cleveland, among other cities.

In July of 2015, he self-released his debut album as a leader, “Lifted from the No of All Nothing”, featuring all original music. The Detroit Free Press called it “an uncommonly mature and distinctive debut… The music is loose and spontaneous, alert to dynamics and textural variety while balancing formal detail and discipline with freedom.” It was described by Hot House Jazz Guide (NYC) as “cover[ing] a broad range of free expression. [Malis] bridges the gap between original composed, complex material and the spontaneity of improvisation.” 

Marcus Elliot is a saxophonist/composer/educator of the metro-Detroit area who is quickly gaining recognition for his imaginative improvising, and fervently thoughtful voice on the saxophone. Marcus began playing professionally in the Detroit Jazz scene when he was 15 years old. He was awarded a scholarship for his talents as a musician to attend Michigan State University to study with Wes "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Diego Rivera and Rodney Whitaker.