Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Jean Rohe Trio
Sunday November 6th
Douglass Street Music Collective
295 Douglass St. (betweeen 3th and 4th Ave.)
$10 suggested donation
"Ms. Rohe is a confident young singer whose compositions tend toward a literate and imploring tone."
- Nate Chinen, New York Times
The Jean Rohe Trio brings their audiences an exciting blend of music from both North and South America. Jean’s beautiful voice and captivating stage presence won her the audience favorite award at the Montreux Jazz Festival (2006) and found her performing everywhere from New York City’s Birdland to Havana’s Teatro Nacional, with artists as diverse as Blue Note recording artist Robert Glasper and the alt-country group Calexico. Her trio features three part harmony singing and the talented Ilusha Tsinadze on guitar, Liam Robinson on accordion, and Jean on mandolin and a cornucopia of Latin American percussion instruments. The project involves the full breadth of their stylistic attractions, challenging traditional boundaries around musical genres. Jean’s original compositions and the trio’s fresh arrangements of songs from North and South America explore the intersections of jazz, North American folk music, Brazilian and Afro-Peruvian dance traditions in a participatory and engaging performance. “The act of singing together is uniquely subversive,” Jean says. “It breaks us out of our individual isolation and carries us into a new space of community with our fellow human beings.”
A versatile musician, Jean began her musical career at eight years old with her family folk band. She has spent much of her adult life bringing music to children and young adults in New York City public schools and in private music classes. Ilusha Tsinadze, a native of the Republic of Georgia, has already garnered much praise for his forthcoming record, Mother Tongue, an album of traditional Georgian dance music filtered through an American lens. He teaches guitar lessons to children and adults in Brooklyn and New Jersey. Liam Robinson is a composer and co-director of Red Light New Music, a New York City contemporary music nonprofit. He also calls contra dances and records and performs with singer-songwriters in New York.
“I am absolutely floored by Lead Me Home. It's some of the best music to hit my iPod in a very long time.”
--Joel Hurd, North Country Public Radio Production Manager