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 Times, Boston 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
Creative Alliance resident artist Paul Rucker is a visual artist, composer, and musician who often combines media, integrating live performance, sound, original compositions, and visual art. His work is the product of a rich interactive process, through which he investigates community impacts, human rights issues, historical research, and basic human emotions surrounding particular subject matter. As a self-taught cellist, he invented my own style of playing that developed from years of experimentation. As a child Paul studied double bass in elementary school and loved creating unusual sounds by playing on different parts of the bass. This fascination extended into adulthood, and at the age of 30 he started to play cello. The music he creates on cello involves extended technique, prepared cello and electronics. He places objects between the strings such as paper, chopsticks and paperclips. He creates drum sounds by hitting the body of the instrument, and employs a loop pedal to crate multiple layers of sound. He has received funding from Creative Capital Foundation, MAP Fund, Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant, Baker Artist Award, Rauschenberg Artist As Activist Fellowship, Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Ruby Artist Award, and MacDowell Fellowship.
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