Small World – Big Ears
Mon, Jun 25th: Voci Angelica Trio and Esthema
Mon, July 23rd: Gus LaCasse & Eamon Sefton and Klezwoods — One Year Anniversary Show!
Mon, Aug 27th: TBA
Voci Angelica Trio
Voci Angelica Trio is an international band with members hailing from three continents. Listeners describe the music as “a haute folk sound that mesmerizes and enthralls,” where each note “sears itself into a goosebump on your arm.”
Straddling the genres of world folk and classical music, the trio creates an ambitious blend of cultures, reinvigorating traditional songs for contemporary audiences. Vocal harmonies elegantly intertwine with lush cello lines and percussion to create a musical fusion that transcends political and geographic borders.
The trio’s self-titled EP and second album, “Taking Flight: Live from Japan,” both invite listeners to journey through unfamiliar musical landscapes. As Voci continues to unearth musical gems, its musicians have become more attentive to the current situations in the diverse countries they explore. Live performances are a celebration of the group’s cultural wayfaring, showcasing the differences and similarities of our shared humanity. In 2017, the trio joined the roster of the Boston Celebrity Series Neighborhood Arts Program which presents free concerts for local communities. In 2013, the trio won an Iguana Music Fund grant from Club Passim to purchase a sound system for their school educational program with Young Audiences of Massachusetts. Voci Angelica’s mission has also led to the USA’s East Coast, Midwest and Southern regions; Canada; Japan; and South Korea.
Jodi Hitzhusen, voice/percussion
Meena Malik, voice/percussion
Aristides Rivas, cello
Their beautifully produced third album Long Goodbye is a relentlessly classy and high-minded affair but with a knowing rock vibe writes Grant Moon of PROG Magazine about Esthemaąs latest release. An acoustic instrumental progressive music ensemble hailing from Boston, MA (USA), Esthema has been creating their unique sound since 2006 by fusing progressive rock and jazz fusion with the sounds of the traditional music of the Balkan region and the Near & Middle East. The musicians that shape the sound of Esthema bring together both western and eastern influences, instruments, and concepts creating a musical tapestry that transcends musical genres and cultures.
With three critically acclaimed releases to date, Apart From The Rest (2007), the Hereness and Nowness of Things (2009) and Long Goodbye (2014), Esthema is currently in the studio working on their next release, Esthema Śią scheduled for release in the fall 2018.
Andy Milas (guitar)
Onur Dilisen (violin)
Mac Ritchey (oud, bouzouki, electric oud)
Tom Martin (bass)
George Lernis (drums, percussion)
Gus La Casse & Eamon Sefton
Gus La Casse and Eamon Sefton met when they joined forces at the legendary Club Passim as part of the 2018 Boston Celtic Music Festival.
Eamon, a guitarist known for percussive rhythm and clever use of harmony, is a sought-after Celtic-style guitarist from the Boston area.
Gus, based in Downeast, Maine, is a dynamic folk fiddler with both speed and savage energy, playing a repertoire reflective of his innovative spirit and dedication to the Acadian and Cape Breton fiddle traditions.
Together, Gus and Eamon will feature the lively kitchen party music that is sure to make you want to clap your hands, stomp your feet and dance!
Klezwoods is a wild amalgam of strings, horns, and percussion that melds the spirit of Jewish, Eastern European, Arabic, and North African music traditions with modern grooves, improvisation, and melodic interplay.
The ensemble serves as a truly modern American melting pot of musical cultures, as each world renowned performer brings a unique voice and musical background to the mix. The formidable range of the band members and tightly arranged melodies only add to the audience’s experience of Klezwoods’ music: wildly exuberant Balkan wedding parties, somber clarinet melodies, stately Ottoman-inspired themes, upbeat klezmer dances, and barn burning, funky North African beats. All are presented in a dynamic manner that is unique to Klezwoods, while embracing and paying deep respect to all of these cultural and musical influences. Simply put, “it’s a party you won’t want to miss out on.” (MuzikReviews.com)