WhiteBoxLab>>Sound Lounge presents
Quintet of the Americas with guests: Chartwell Dutiro, TIMBILA, Susan Jolles
Thursday, September 17th 2015 | 7:30pm
Donation ticketed seating $10 @ the door
Release – August 20th 2015
New York City – WhiteBoxLab>>Sound Lounge is pleased to present Chartwell Dutiro, Timbila Susan Jolles and Quintet of the Americas. WhiteBox hosts a special night of musical collaboration featuring Zimbabwean mbira sounds, Afrodelic Xylo-pop, harp and Western Woodwinds. WhiteBoxLab aims to create a laboratory approach to expose artists working in temporal mediums such as performance, sound art, and literary arts, while providing a platform for audiences to experience distinguished artists’ practices, often times within the realm of ongoing visual art exhibitions in the WhiteBox gallery spaces.
CHARTWELL DUTIRO – Zimbabwean mbira master
Chartwell Dutiro is one of Zimbabwe’s foremost mbira players. He has played the sacred instrument of the Shona people in traditional settings since childhood. He and his brother would often play mbira all night, calling the ancestral spirits for guidance, as has been done in Zimbabwe for many centuries. He toured the world from 1986-1994 with the legendary Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited. Since 1993, Chartwell has lived in the UK, pursuing both traditional and modern Zimbabwean music, and building bridges through his music.
TIMBILA – Afrodelic Xylo-pop
TIMBILA [tim-BEE-lah] reinvents some of the most beautiful music traditions of southern Africa, with an East Village edge. The surreal buzzing beauty of TIMBILA “blazing ecstatic African rock with an East Village edge” and hypnotic dream melodies of mbira soar with stinging guitar riffs and celestial vocals in grooves that are deeply funky, fierce and danceable. No other band sounds like TIMBILA. The band started in 1997 with Nora Balaban, Banning Eyre and Dirck Westervelt in Harare, Zimbabwe. Balaban, a veteran of CBGB’s punk and San Francisco’s “worldbeat” scene in the 1980s plays mbira (Shona thumb piano) and timbila (Chopi xylophone). Eyre, a writer and producer for public radio’s Afropop Worldwide, plays guitar, and Westervelt banjo and bass. Louisa Bradshaw, vocalist, has contributed to the band over eight years. Newer members Bill Ruyle, percussionist, and Rima Fand, violin, add extrodianary beats and rich vocal harmonies to the group.
SUSAN JOLLES – Harp
Susan Jolles is Harp faculty at Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College of Music. Jolles is a member of the American Composers Orchestra, Musica Viva (New York), the Little Orchestra Society, and is associate harpist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Past affiliations include the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, The Group for Contemporary Music, The New York Chamber Symphony, and the Juilliard Ensemble. She also appears regularly with the Encores Orchestra and North/South Consonance. Jolles has been associated with contemporary music and collaborated with artists that span all musical styles, from Klezmer with Giora Feidman, jazz with Kenny Garrett, cabaret with Barbara Cook, to classical with Humbert Lucarelli and Laurel Zucker.
QUINTET OF THE AMERICAS – Folk and contemporary western woodwind
The Quintet has been recognized as leading interpreters of folk and contemporary wind quintet music of North and South America. Quintet of the Americas is one of the Western Hemisphere’s finest chamber ensembles. The Washington Post has called their performances, “Musical dialogue at the highest level” and Japan’s In Tune Magazine has written about them, “Their virtuosity, balances, articulation and intonation mark them as one of the world’s top wind quintets. I have never heard finer playing.” The Quintet develops inter-cultural appreciation and understanding by performing contemporary, classical and folk-derived music from the diverse cultural traditions of the Americas
The programs of WhiteBox are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council for the arts.