Friday, August 26, 2016

Leyla MCalla, Haitian-American who sings in French, Haitian Creole & English & plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar 8 PM Sun. Sept. 18, Creative Alliance, Baltimore

A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey
Leyla McCalla
Jazz Village 2016

Vari-Colored Songs: A tribute to Langston Hughes
Leyla McCalla
Music Maker 2014

Phyllis Fleming forwards this release:

The Leyla McCalla Trio

Sun Sept 18 8 pm

Leyla McCalla is a New York-born Haitian-American living in New Orleans, who sings in French, Haitian Creole, and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful and witty — it vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive and contemporary.

Leyla’s debut album, Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes, was named 2013’s Album of the Year by the London Sunday Times and Songlines magazine, and received additional raves from a number of other publications, including the New York TimesBoston Globe and Offbeat, for its haunting mixture of music and message.

Now, having toured extensively in the U.S., Europe and Israel in support of Vari-Colored Songs, Leyla is focusing on her next album. Titled A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey, the album will be released in the spring of 2016 by Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi. A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey will continue to explore the themes of social justice and pan-African consciousness that marked Vari-Colored Songs, and will once again feature songs sung in English, French and Haitian Creole. The album will also include guest appearances by legendary guitarist Marc Ribot, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Louis Michot of the Lost Bayou Ramblers, and New Orleans singer-songwriter/guitarist Sarah Quintana.

The Leyla McCalla Trio is:
Leyla McCalla – vocals, cello, banjo
Daniel Tremblay – banjo, guitar, vocals
Free Feral – viola, vocals

“An exhilarating thing, hearing a musical virtuoso explore her voice’s unanticipated potential in all of the ways that Leyla McCalla does” – NPR Music

“Rich with big thoughts” – USA Today

“An invigorating blend of Haitian folk songs and American old-time music” – Downbeat

 8pm | $15, $12 members | +$3 at the door

Creative Alliance is located at 3134 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, MD 21224. We are inside The Patterson Theater at the corner of Eastern Avenue and East Avenue.  Our location is located one block from the South East corner of Patterson Park. 

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Thanks so much, Bill. I wish her a successful performance. --  Phyllis [Phyllis Fleming]

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