Throw on your best Ren Faire gear and come to the Denver Public Library to enjoy an inspired concert in our great hall – and yes, it’s safety dance. The Kindred Spirits is a musical ensemble comprised of professional, accomplished and experienced musicians based in Colorado and performing as a group since 1992. Their unique selection of Renaissance and traditional Celtic music, pairs beautifully with their period and eccentric concert dress. And, in the spirit of anachronism, don’t be surprised to hear a modern tune as well. Don’t miss the fun! http://denverlibrary.org/fresh
Playing a variety of pieces from the 16th and early 17th centuries on a variety of historical instruments, including the four-course Renaissance guitar, seven-course Renaissance lute, and the 14 string theorbo, no one conjures the sound of Shakespeare’s world like talented musician, Peter Schimpf. His repertoire includes intricate and lively pieces from England, France, and Italy between the years 1500 and 1640. http://denverlibrary.org/fresh
An expert instrumentalist, Peter Hebert plays the evocative hammered dulcimer and its cousin, the psaltery, with masterful ease – filling the air with the ancient sounds of Medieval Europe. The Graeco-Roman dulcimer (sweet song) derives its name from the Latin dulcis (sweet) and the Greek melos (song). Find out how perfectly named this haunting instrument can be when Peter Hebert makes his dulcimer sing a sweet song. http://denverlibrary.org/fresh
Fresh City Life is pleased to host Helen Gillet, one of the most talented cellists touring the U.S. and the world. The modern usage of the phrase ‘avant-garde’ may have lost all of its power for being used to describe things that are shocking instead of genuinely new, different and deeply creative. Remind yourself what avant-garde truly means with Helen Gillet’s encore concert at Denver Public Library.
Performing an eclectic repertoire of music that includes classical, Renaissance, medieval, South American, folk, Celtic and cinematic themes, soloist Star Edwards delivers a concert that is redolent with cultural connections and the musical images of ancient times. Her harp playing recalls the legendary harp from Celtic cultures. Star will also be sampling several of her own compositions for harp. This is music that combines the rhythm of the heart with the spirit of the world. http://denverlibrary.org/fresh
To coincide with Paula Burger's visit, Fresh City Life hosts a special musical event -- a traditional Klezmer concert with Joe Lukasik (clarinet) and James Hoskins (cello). With deep roots in Eastern Europe, Klezmer music has come to symbolize the human experience and struggles in Jewish culture and history. Through musical snapshots of life before and after the Holocaust, Joe and James explore Pikauch Nefesh -- the concept that the preservation of life overrides any other consideration. In Yiddish, klei means vessel and zemer means song -- a Klezmer musician is an instrument of song.
James Hoskins ‘speaks’ cello and he knows how to make his cello sing. Enjoy a mix of Balkan and Middle-Eastern tunes, original compositions which incorporate elements of world folk traditions, jazz, funk, classical, and meditative music, and improvisations based upon the environment and the library patrons in attendance!
Jon Sousa will give a one hour performance on guitar and tenor banjo, with repertoire mainly stemming from Traditional Irish music, but including some Jazz and Classical. Jon’s passion for music has taken him all over the world from the beautiful countryside of France, studying with master fingerstyle guitar player Pierre Bensusan to Senegal, West Africa, studying Sabar drumming and a lengthy sabbatical in Ireland in 2008 where he refined his skills in interpreting Irish music.
Acclaimed Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow is a virtuoso musician, a warm and accessible performer, and a world-class storyteller. His repertoire is composed of a synthesis of traditional music from the British Isles and his own original Celtic-inspired compositions. Barlow’s music transports the listener across time and space on an
imaginary journey to rustic Irish fishing villages, the misty Scottish Highlands or enchanted English forests. Enjoy the arrangements that have been described as “music to soothe the soul, warm the heart, and lift the spirit.” http://denverlibrary.org/fresh
Southern Journey: Black, White and Brown Blues captures a uniquely American experience as 10 musicians and singers gather together to sing slave songs, spirituals, old time fiddle and banjo tunes, field hollers and blues. http://denverlibrary.org/fresh