Open Hand: Bach, Bluegrass, and Brazil! – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Upstairs – Philadelphia, PA – June 29th, 2017

Open Hand: Bach, Bluegrass, and Brazil!

Open Hand: Bach, Bluegrass, and Brazil!

Paulette Branson, The Old Reels

Thu · June 29, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs

$15 + Fees

Open Hand: Bach, Bluegrass, and Brazil!
Open Hand: Bach, Bluegrass, and Brazil!
Open Hand, Bach, Bluegrass, and Brazil!

Brazilian percussion plus half a string quartet equals a unique, danceable sound. Three surdo drums are overlaid with the versatile and surprisingly deep Brazilian pandeiro, the talkative repinique, and the punctuating snare; rich melodies from the cello and violin/mandolin and tight, three-part vocal harmonies combine into a four-piece lineup never before seen on Earth. Song topics range from tiny pockets to worldly advice.

Mike Stevens has been studying, performing, and teaching Brazilian percussion for 19 years. During his frequent trips to Brazil he has had the good fortune to both perform and record with some of the top bands in Rio de Janeiro. He was co-musical director of Alo Brasil for 10 years, and is the founder and musical director of PhillyBlocoand Unidos da Filadelfia, as well as the director of Brazilian Percussion Ensembles at Temple and the University of Pennsylvania. His musical influences include Monobloco, Bangalafumenga, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Gilberto Gil, Galactic, and many many more.

Anya Rose studied music and voice at Bard College, and jazz while living in Maine. She was a member of the Park Street Pickers in Bangor, which performed weekly at a local bar, and the Anna Rae Band in Cambridge, MA. Anya is now settled in Philadelphia where she studies samba drumming with Unidos da Fildelfia, performs as half of the duo, Ants on a Log, and co-fronts the blues/jazz band, Nothing Wrong. Her albums include, "Have You Seen My Hat?" and "You Could Draw the Album Art." Anya's musical influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Lake Street Dive, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Tom Lehrer, and the Wood Brothers. Grey Fox is her favorite music festival!

Peter Oswald is a native of Richmond, Virginia where he began his musical exploration merging a traditional classical cello approach with a variety of other music styles. He attended Shenandoah Conservatory and Eastman School of Music studying the cello and music education. Peter moved to the Philadelphia region in 2012 and has performed and recorded with a broad range of music artists including Snagwing, My Son Bison, Cameron DeWhitt, Kevin Manning, Sonic Liberation, and Bruno Burke.

Joel F. W. Price is originally from Madison, Wisconsin, and now makes Philadelphia his home. Joel grew up playing classical violin since age four, then added mandolin while attending Swarthmore College. He has recorded and toured with ellipsis... and Eli Conley, and has appeared on video or onstage with CDZA, The Gregory Brothers/Schmoyoho, Humble Tripe, St. Anytime, The Guggenheim Grotto / Storyman, and Amy Vachal. In addition, Joel has been volunteering with Musicians On Call in Philadelphia since 2005.
Paulette Branson
The Old Reels
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104