At it’s best, music provides a conversation among cultures; an influence from one gets echoed in the other as a response, and a dialog is created.
This fall Swallow Hill Music will present concerts both in-house at our Yale Avenue location and at the Oriental Theater in Denver that demonstrate how lively and current these conversations are.
For Cuban jazz pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa, the cultural conversation is born out of a desire to connect with people in the United States. “I want to grow closer to the American people,” he recently said. “This has always been an important desire for Cubans, especially musicians.” Harold and his band play Daniels Hall at Swallow Hill on Friday, September 28.
Then, on Sunday, October 7, Ireland’s We Banjo 3 play the Oriental Theater. The quartet blends the sounds of American bluegrass and Irish folk music to create an inviting and high energy concoction they’ve dubbed “Celtgrass.” Joining them that night is Skerryvore. Hailing from the tiny and remote Scottish village of Tiree, the band infuses their local sound with those of modern rock and pop to round out an evening of thrilling new music from the British Isles.
On Tuesday, October 16, the conversation turns generational with Jesse Colin Young at the Oriental Theater. Leader of the legendary 1960s band The Youngbloods, Jesse is the voice behind the band’s iconic 1966 recording of the peace anthem “Get Together.” With its instantly recognizable chorus of “Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together try to love one another right now,” the song remains timely as ever.
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Jon Cleary in Daniels Hall
Saturday, September 15 at 8pm
Born in England and bred in New Orleans, Jon Cleary is a triple threat, combining soulful vocals, masterful piano skills, and a knack for composing infectious grooves with melodic hooks and sharp lyrics. He balances a career performing on solo piano, with noted funk band The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, and his power trio Jon Cleary’s Philthy Phew, alongside a career as a notorious hired gun with the likes of Bonnie Raitt and John Scofield.
Harold Lopez-Nussa in Daniels Hall
Friday, September 28 at 8pm
Harold Lopez-Nussa’s latest album, Un Día Cualquiera, is a forceful statement from a Cuban musician leading his tight-knit Cuban band, recorded in the U.S., and influenced by music from both countries in ways that transcend narrow notions of “Latin jazz.” The album nods to classic Cuban composers and musicians but it focuses mostly on the pianist’s original compositions and his distinctive trio concept. The Arts Fuse praises Harold for “a big sounding, two-handed style of playing,” calling the performances “rhythmically supple, (with) tempos varied even within a single tune.”
Maria Muldaur in Daniels Hall
Sunday, September 30 at 7pm
Maria Muldaur is best known world wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere. Despite her considerable pop music success, her 49-year career could best be described as a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music.
We Banjo 3 and Skerryvore at the Oriental Theater
Sunday, October 7 at 7:30pm
For all the innovation and invention that goes into modern music these days, it’s the inspiration derived from one’s roots that proves the most enduring. So credit Galway, Ireland’s We Banjo 3 for finding common ground between old world tradition and authentic Americana by plying their banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin in an innovation fusion of styles that they dub “Celtgrass.”
Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music ‘Live Act of the Year’ Award, Skerryvore have been on a meteoric journey that has taken them from the remote Isle of Tiree on to international tours. The band creates a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and Americana that represents all the different personalities and upbringing of the 8 band members who hail from different regions of Scotland.
Holly Near in Daniels Hall
Friday, October 12 at 8pm
Holly Near has been singing for a more equitable world for well over 40 creative years. She is an insightful story teller through her music, committed to keeping the work rooted in contemporary activism. Respected around the world, Holly will release her 31st album in 2018.
Jesse Colin Young at the Oriental Theater
Tuesday, October 16 at 8pm
With songs like “Darkness, Darkness,” “Lightshine,” “Sunlight,” “Sugarbabe,” “Songbird” and The Youngbloods’ version of “Get Together,” Jesse Colin Young has influenced and shaped the character of American music for over 50 years. His style is now considered Americana, but in fact it’s his unique fusion of folk, rock, jazz and blues with an emphasis on his extraordinary voice that makes his signature sound.