THE DUHKS Saturday, September 28, 2013 • 8 p.m.
Canada’s premier neo-tradsters romp from world-beat to blues, urban-pop to old-timey, with wild-eyed invention, haunting traditionalism, and spine-rattling groove.” --Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe
One of the most musically adventurous bands to come from the roots music scene in the past decade, The Duhks (pronounced ducks) play an awe-inspiring blend of Canadian soul, gospel, North American folk, Brazilian samba, old-time country string band, zydeco, and Irish dance music. Featuring lead vocalist Jessee Havey, fiddler Tania Elizabeth, guitarist Jordan McConnell, Scott Senior on percussion, and Leonard Podolak on banjo, this Grammy®-nominated and Juno award-winning band draws a crowd and then subsequently draws in their audience—a Duhks live concert is said to be nothing short of a spiritual experience. A syncopated bluesy banjo number seamlessly follows a Brazilian samba and an old-time jaunt nestles comfortably next to a gospel performance; this group of phenomenal musicians is not about to be limited. Following several years of band member changes while each artist pursued other projects, we are thrilled be a part of the celebration as they return to recording and touring together.
For more, visit www.duhks.com
BEN SOLLEE Saturday, October 26, 2013 • 8 p.m.
“. . .Sollee probably could have taken any instrument and found novel, even radical ways to use it. He’s got a bit of the rebel in him, and as a musician, he was inevitably going to find his own means of expression.” –Aspen Times
Cellist, singer-songwriter and composer Ben Sollee is an extraordinary talent in contemporary music. Known for his thrilling cello playing that incorporates new techniques to create a unique mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz and R & B, Ben Sollee possesses rough, smooth, smoky vocal stylings and a knack for intricate arrangements. Ben Sollee is an artist who shares himself completely with his audience, whether it be by personal lyrics, or his commitment to the environment. Sollee first gained major notice with his 2008 debut, Learning to Bend, which led NPR’s Morning Edition to call him one of the “Top Ten Great Unknown Artists” of the year. About that time, Sollee joined forces with Abigail Washburn, multi-Grammy winner Bela Fleck, and Grammy nominee Casey Driessen to form the Sparrow Quartet which toured world-wide. Ben Sollee’s music also drew the attention of My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, who produced his second full-length album, a collaboration with Daniel Martin Moore entitled Dear Companion.
Ben Sollee’s latest release, Half-Made Man, is a revealing, deeply moving album that explores a man trying to figure himself out, just as we all are. In concert, Ben Sollee’s live performances are, quite simply, electrifying.
MOMIX: Botanica Friday, November 8 • 2013
“A bouquet of dance, athleticism and fantasy.”
--The New York Times
Returning to our stage by popular demand, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton, founding member of the groundbreaking Pilobolus Dance Theater and one of America’s most innovative and widely performed choreographers and directors. Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX continually draws sold-out audiences worldwide. In addition to its stage performances, MOMIX has worked extensively in film and television, recently appearing in a Target ad that premiered during the airing of the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards. With performances on PBS’s “Dance in America” series, France’s Antenne II, and Italian RAI television, the company’s repertory has now been broadcast to 55 countries. In its incomparable spectacular fashion--with an eclectic score ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi--the company’s latest work, BOTANICA, reveals nature’s changing imagery, showing off the endlessly renewable energy of the superb MOMIX performers together with exquisite costumes, flora and fauna projections, extraordinary props, and larger-than-life puppetry.
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For more, visit www.mosespendleton.com
CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO & MONTREAL GUITAR TRIO Friday, February 14 • 2014
This very special double bill brings not one, but two, virtuosic guitar trios to our stage for one incredible evening of music. The California Guitar Trio’s fearless multi-genre explorations have produced 14 albums and more than 1500 concerts across its 22-year career, proving that a zero-compromise musical approach can yield an ever-expanding audience. Founded in 1992, the CGT initially gained notoriety opening for the likes of King Crimson, John McLaughlin and David Sylvian, and have steadily built their fan base over the years touring extensively throughout the states, Japan, Italy, Europe and South America. Masters of bridging diverse genres of music, the Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3)--described by the CBC as “the hottest guitar ensemble in Canada”--has quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with. For more than 13 years, the trio’s virtuosity, rigor, creativity, and dynamic stage presence have been winning audience admiration as they criss-cross the globe subtly mixing strains of world dance music. Together, the groups will present their own set and then will perform as one dazzling six-guitar ‘phenomensemble’!
LE VENT DU NORD Friday, March 21 • 2014
”If you’ve seen them before, you already know. And if you’ve never seen them, words won’t do them justice. Le Vent du Nord is one of the best bands touring today, no matter your musical taste” – Syracuse News Time
Renowned as an unmatched ambassador of Francophonie, Le Vent du Nord is also largely acknowledged as a key group in Quebec’s traditional folk music revival. Since its 2002 founding, the quartet has given more than 1000 concerts across America and Europe, racking up numerous prestigious awards, including two Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammys), three Canadian Folk Music Awards (Ensemble of the year in 2010), and Artist of the Year at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala. And their meteoric success continues to rise, record after record (65 units sold), tour after tour. The quartet’s musical talents and charismatic stage presence are now recognized worldwide. While exhibiting serious folk chops, Le Vent du Nord knows how to connect Quebecois tradition meaningfully to the larger musical world and relishes collaboration with diverse musicians, including everyone from The Chieftains to pan-Mediterranean ensembles.
For more, visit www.leventdunord.com
HILARY HAHN Thursday, May 1 • 2014
“The core of her technique is precision and refinement — elegant sound; frictionless, clean bowing and intonation; polished, rounded-off phrasing. “ --The Boston Globe
Violinist Hilary Hahn’s probing interpretations, technical virtuosity, and commitment to new music have brought her love of classical music to a diverse audience. At age 33, her international fame and recognition--including two Grammy® Awards, multiple Diapason “d’Or of the Year” and “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik” prizes, seven Echo Klassik awards, and the 2008 *Classic FM / Gramophone* Artist of the Year--are a testament to her talent and drive. In her sixteen years as a recording artist, she has released fourteen feature albums on the Deutsche Grammophon and Sony labels, all of which have debuted in the top ten of the Billboard classical chart, displaying a repertoire as diverse as Bach, Stravinsky, Elgar, Mozart, Schoenberg, Paganini, Bernstein, Ives, Higdon, and Tchaikovsky. In addition to her extensive appearances with major symphony orchestras world-wide and a regular recital season, Ms. Hahn has engaged her young fans in conversation via all forms of social media, frequently collaborated with artists outside classical music, and has recently initiated a major commissioning project resulting in a collection of short pieces by modern composers entitled “In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores” which were premiered during the 2012-13 season.
To learn more, visit www.hilaryhahn.com