Revels FRINGE at Club Passim Concert Series
Explore “the unpredictable edge of the folk movement” at Revels FRINGE, our new, four-concert music series at Cambridge's historic Club Passim. The goal is to create a forum within which we encourage performers to examine and redraw the boundaries of traditional music and dance. In intimate settings we aim to create musical experiences that both delight and educate.
Join Revels as we celebrate innovation and creativity in musical process and performance based on the roots of traditional music. Experience these distinct “voices” at the forefront of today’s music scene:
Sophie et Adam
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7pm – The beloved Cambridge-based folk duo Sophie et Adam (Sophie Michaux and Adam Jacob Simon) share folk tunes from England, Romania, Argentina, and the US, as well as Yiddish songs and originals by Simon. This special world music/Valentine's Day concert is sure to include French chansons, including songs made famous by the renowned Edith Piaf. *SOLD OUT*
Len Solomon and the Bellowphone Show
Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7pm – Instruments on the Fringe with Len Solomon. Classically trained musician, inventor, and one-man-orchestra Len Solomon introduces us to the world of instruments on the fringe. The program will feature musical gems arranged for Dog Whistles and Bicycle Horn, plus a chromatic pipe organ devised from plumbing parts and coat-hanger wire, and of course, the ingenious Majestic Bellowphone. Len and his creations have appeared several times on national television, in venues from Jordan Hall, Boston, to theatres in Singapore and Japan.
Julian Loida and Brendan Taaffe
Friday, April 10, 2020 at 7pm – Innovation Meets Tradition with Julian Loida and Brendan Taaffe. Julian Loida is a Boston-based percussionist, composer and producer. The Boston Voyager describes him as a thought-provoker. His work ranges from Bach to Cuban/Brazilian Jazz. He has performed and collaborated internationally with a wide range of musicians, dancers and visual artists. Brendan Taaffe is a Brattleboro based musician, writer and artist. He plays fiddle, banjo, pump organ and mbira, often in the most unexpected ways. Taaffe has traveled, taught and performed internationally. His artwork was featured in our 2019 American Christmas Revels production. What kind of magic will happen when these two musicians collaborate? Come and hear for yourself on April 10!
Tunde Jegede, Michael Block and Fabio Pirozzolo
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 7pm – World-renowned composer, producer, cellist and kora (African harp) virtuoso Tunde Jegede brings a new vision to contemporary African and Western classical music. Mike Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st-Century,” and Fabio Pirozzolo is an Italian drummer, multi-percussionist and singer whose virtuoso playing underscored our 2017 Venetian Christmas Revels. The musical language that these three speak does not recognize boundaries – we invite you to listen to the conversation.
Inventor and one-man-orchestra Len Solomon delighted his Newbury Court audience with his funny, whimsical show that featured compositions arranged for dog whistles, bicycle horn, a miniature pipe organ devised from plumbing parts and coat-hanger wire, plus the ingenious Majestic Bellowphone!Watch The Video