Adrianna Ciccone and Friends, Featuring Neil Pearlman
December 4, 2013
Boston-based fiddler & step dancer Adrianna Ciccone is quickly establishing herself as a distinctive voice in the new-acoustic music scene. Her style, while rooted in the Ottawa Valley & Québecois fiddle traditions, continues to be inspired by the many different regional fiddles styles of Canada and the world including Appalachian, Métis, Cape Breton, Irish, Scottish & Scandinavian music.
Adrianna’s desire to explore new musical languages is reflected in her compositions and arrangements which draw from traditions of the past while forging a unique musical identity.
This distinctive style has brought the Timmins, ON native many awards and achievements. She is a Maritime Open Fiddle Champion & American Grand Masters Fiddle Championship Finalist.
Adrianna is also an active & experienced instructor. For nearly a decade she has been passing on Canada's rich musical heritage to students of all ages and levels. She maintains a lively studio in both Northern Ontario & Boston, as well as throughout North America via Skype Video lessons.
Adrianna is currently studying with scholarship at Berklee College of Music where she is actively involved in the American Roots Music Program.
Adrianna's website - http://www.adriannaciccone.com/
Pianist and mandolinist Neil Pearlman is rapidly distinguishing himself as a uniquely innovative artist in the contemporary traditional music scene. Called “a tremendous pianist” on BBC Radio Scotland and “a force to be reckoned with” by WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan, Neil is recognized in many Celtic music circles for his unique approach to the piano. Rooted in traditional Cape Breton piano styles, Neil brings in ideas from many other genres and the result is an exciting new sound that remains true to its traditional roots. It was this fresh approach that led legendary Cape Breton fiddler Jerry Holland to say "watching Neil's hands on the piano was like watching two spiders on crack!"
An accomplished Cape Breton step dancer as well, Neil grew up in the family band Highland Soles, led by father and mother Ed Pearlman and Laura Scott, both influential figures in Scottish music and dance. Neil has performed with many major music figures including Natalie MacMaster, Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas, Seamus Connolly, Kimberley Fraser, Maeve Gilchrist, Hanneke Cassel, Frank Ferrel, Laura Risk and Mike Vass. He has also opened for Archie Fisher, split a bill with Jerry Holland and worked closely with many others.
Some highlights of Neil's career so far have been performances at Carnegie Hall and the Iron Horse, and teaching at Alasdair Fraser's Sierra Fiddle Camp. Neil currently performs with a number of projects ranging from traditional Scottish fiddle music to contemporary jazz.
Neil’s website - http://www.neilpearlman.com/
Adrinna Ciccone and Friends, featuring Neil Pearlman
Québecois, Appalachian, Métis, Cape Breton, Irish, Scottish & Scandinavian fiddle tunes
186 Hampshire Street, Inman Square, Cambridge
Doors 7:30, Concert 8:00
General Public $10
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Patrons are invited to bring their instruments for an after-concert pickin' party.
Lord Geoffrey is a scurrilous card-carrying member of the Boston-area folk scene whose mission in life is to re-kindle the great folk scare by presenting in unique rented spaces (galleries, historic homes, church sanctuaries, clubs...) vintage musicians of that era as well as up and coming young whippersnappers!
This Fall, Lord Geoffrey is presenting a "rising talent" (with the emphasis on Celtic / string band / old time music / contemporary variants) mid-week music series, featuring student artists from the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory.
Outpost 186 in Inman Square, Cambridge is the venue where Rushad Eggleston, John Mailander and Molly Tuttle launched the series in the Spring. It seats about 35, thus is small enough so no sound reinforcement is needed but big enough to accommodate discriminating patrons.
Remaining series concerts:
December 11 - Jacob Means and Friends - https://www.facebook.com/events/651784944853091/
December 18 - High Rock Mountain