Ilana Katz Katz & Ryan Lee Crosby Band

Sunday, September 22, 2024

Doors 6PM | Show 7PM
$20 / Members $18

Ilana Katz Katz & Ryan Lee Crosby Band

  • Roots

Tickets will be on sale to the public 7/18 at noon. On sale to all Passim members 7/11 at noon.  On sale to All Access Passim members 7/4 at noon.

This unique night of roots music will take you from Bentonia, Mississippi to Appalachia and beyond, with rich open tunings and deep grooves that stretch from the American south across the ocean to India and Mali.New Englanders Ryan Lee Crosby and Ilana Katz Katz first crossed paths in 2019 at the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where they became fast friends and collaborators. They have since performed on stages all across the Northeast and in the Delta.Ilana Katz Katz will open the night with a blend of solo blues fiddle and vocal, peppered with old time fiddle songs in alternate tunings. After more than a decade performing on Boston’s subway platforms, she plays solo concerts and regularly shares the stage with some of the most respected names in blues and roots.Ryan Lee Crosby’s quartet features his dynamic vocals and droning guitars, supported by the hypnotic rhythms of Grant Smith’s West African calabash, Katz Katz’s intuitive fiddle textures and the melodic, nuanced harmonica of Jay Scheffler. Together, they weave a tapestry of global influences into a singular sound that expresses the universal, transcendent power of music.

Ilana Katz Katz

  • Blues
  • Fiddle

Ilana Katz Katz is a Blues and Appalachian fiddler, singer, songwriter, novelist, screenwriter, essayist, watercolor painter, apparel artist, longtime subway busker, and budding children’s book author who strives to bring good mojo wherever she goes.

Ilana’s humble performance beginnings on Boston’s crowded subway platforms – where she played for more than a decade – unexpectedly morphed into an expanded world of performing ‘above ground.” She’s been hailed as “a star with her own blend of Blues and old-time Appalachian fiddling,” called “brilliant and soulful” by Blues master Ronnie Earl and deemed the “special sauce” to many bands.

A chance meeting with Ronnie Earl in 2013 resulted in him offering to accompany Ilana on her 2014 debut record. He subsequently showcased her in many shows. From there, her distinguished signature Blues style soon had her performing with a “who’s who” of Blues musicians around the country. Her records on Regina Royale and Vizztone Label Group garnered Living Blues charting accolades and a flurry of invitations to perform at Blues festivals. Her growing presence as a guest instrumentalist and songwriter for other artists continues to thrive and her latest endorsement as a Fishman artist helps her bring the music into the world with the best equipment possible.

She still enjoys bringing music to people – as she did in the subway. The post-pandemic environment brings her to street performing when she isn’t touring and recording. Her own brand of Blues and versatile improvisational style continues to flourish. She’s celebrated for her solo performances, as a band leader and for lending her fiddling prowess to various music ensembles. Her talents span many genres – including jazzy scat singing in sync with her fiddle – for which she is known. She’s excited about her forthcoming 2021 release, “In My Mind.”

Ryan Lee Crosby

  • Americana
  • Blues
  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

With an intercontinental band, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Lee Crosby blends essences of American folk-blues and North Indian raga into meditative songs of impermanence, compassion and joy. Crosby’s music is a pleasing mix of improvised and composed material, performed on traditional and modern instruments. Through his recordings and performances, Crosby hopes to inspire peace, openness and respect – for tradition, for culture, for each other and for one’s self.

River Music, Crosby’s sixth full-length album, will be available on LP and CD on 10/10/18, co-released by Germany’s CosiRecords Schallplatten and Seattle’s Knick Knack Records. The result of years of study and practice, River Music integrates blues from the hill country of North Mississippi with textures of North Indian Hindustani classical raga music. Crosby performs on electric 12-string guitar and chaturangui (the 22-string Indian slide guitar designed by Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya) and is joined by fretless guitar, tabla, harmonica and calabash (West African percussion). The raga influence is heard through the band’s hypnotic, almost trance-like motifs, and the blues seeps through Crosby’s dynamic vocals and masterful, single-line guitar melodies.

Crosby describes himself as a ‘seeker’ within the music: producer and listener, performer and enthusiast, teacher and student. Crosby’s music-making is an inward process: creativity through meditation, devotion and discipline, but it is also oriented around community-building. As a bandleader, Crosby is guided by the potential of music to connect the internal to the external, the individual to the group, and to bridge seemingly disparate cultures and traditions.

Ryan Lee Crosby has been nominated for two Boston Music Awards and was named “Best Singer/Songwriter” in the 2006 Boston Phoenix/WFNX Radio Music Poll. He composed and performed the film score for the award-winning documentary Racing the Rez (2012, broadcast nationally on PBS). Crosby tours Europe annually and select US regions. He currently lives in Medford, Massachusetts and performs regularly in the greater Boston area.

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