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Crossing the C's and Shilpa Ray
Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018
Location: Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center ē 6050 Main Street, Village of Tannersville
Tickets Purchased Ahead: $30
At the Door: $35
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets, or call 518 263 2063
Crossing the Cís
The Catskill Mountain Foundation and 23Arts Initiative present Crossing the Cís, a debut double guitar collaboration featuring South Africa-born guitar virtuoso Derek Gripper and the innovative Chilean guitarist-vocalist Camila Meza. This premier duo, backed by their band, team up to explore and interweave their worlds of folk and popular music across continents and cultures.
Derek Gripper is a South African kora guitarist. He began his formal musical training on the violin at the age of six. After studying classical music for the next 13 years, he began to look further afield for musical inspiration, including India where he studied South Indian Carnatic music. On his return home, he began to focus on the guitar, exploring a new direction for the instrument. He was attracted to the use of multiple layers in the music of Oliver Messiaen, the African-influenced structures of Steve Reich, and the guitar arrangements of the music of J. S. Bach. His groundbreaking albums have redefined the landscape of South African music.
Camila Meza is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter/composer. Originally from Santiago, Chile, Ms. Meza blends modern jazz with her broad musical world which includes Latin American, Brazilian, folk and pop). She graduated from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in 2012 where she studied with masters such as Peter Bernstein, Vic Juris, Sam Yahel, Steve Cardenas and Gil Goldstein.
Shilpa Ray is an American singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, New York with a blues punk sound. Her music has been compared to Blondie, The Cramps and Screaminí Jay Hawkins and her singing has been compared to the style of Patti Smith, Nick Cave, and Ella Fitzgerald. Ray is notable for combining an Indian harmonium with a ďbig-voiced blues-rock howlerĒ vocal approach. Her eponymous band signed a record contract with Northern Spy Records and has toured internationally. In 2011, Shilpa toured Europe and North America with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds as a backup singer and their supporting act. Now Shilpa Ray brings the DIY grit of her new album Door Girl to the Catskills, which NPR says ďcaptures New York nightlife in all its sordid, sweaty chaos and supplies caustic commentary on life in the unfeeling city.Ē