MilkBoy ArtHouse

Leyla McCalla Quartet

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 8:00pm

Cellist Leyla McCalla's succinctly elegant folk music is her way of processing the nation’s current political environment, where many of the issues are financial, but they’re rarely simply financial. The former Carolina Chocolate Drops member deepens her examination of Creole identities in her sound by bringing together her voice and her cello with fiddle, clarinet, piano and electric guitar. At the forefront of her work is her Haitian identity, singing many of her tunes in Creole, which she classifies as a language of resistance, especially as she explores its connections to New Orleans. Sponsored by: The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Artist Partner Programs

Creole Soul: Etienne Charles (Trinidad)

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Description: One of the most compelling and exciting young jazz artists ushering the genre into groundbreaking new territory is trumpeter and band leader Etienne Charles. In this performance, he buoyantly taps into a myriad of styles rooted in his Afro-Caribbean background and explores the musical depths of the islands, from calypso to Haitian voodoo music. Also in the jazz amalgam mix are rock steady, reggae, belair, kongo, rock, Motown and R&B. He performs with the dynamic stage presence befitting an artist who has worked with the likes of Roberta Flack, René Marie, David Rudder, Wynton Marsalis and more.

"A daring improviser, Charles also delivers with heart-wrenching lyricism.“ -Jazz Times

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