Mountain Stage with Larry Groce
Colin Hay, Piers Faccini, Frank Turner and More on Mountain Stage
Sun · January 15, 2017
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)WVU Lyell B Clay Concert Theatre
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Next Year People is the work of an artist who is a true master of his craft. The album is full of quizzical, curious, and cynical yet open-hearted songs with catchy melodic hooks that underscore deeply insightful lyrics.
The album was produced by Hay and mixed by Chad Fischer (Chasing Mavericks, Ice Age 3, Lisa Loeb) and includes contributions from two young Cuban musicians, San Miguel Perez and Yosmel Montejo, both of whom recently emigrated from Havana, as well Larry Goldings on piano, Jeff Babko (Jimmy Kimmel) on B3, and Colin's wife, vocalist Cecilia Noel.
Over the past 15 years Hay has reinvented himself as a solo artist, regularly selling out theaters and listening rooms across the US and around the world and introducing himself to a new generation of fans in the process. "I started off playing acoustic; it's my natural game, if you will," he concludes. "It's the point I started from and may well be the point I end with. It's always what I return to."
The frequent use of Hay's music in TV and film—including hit shows such as Scrubs (on which he has made several cameo appearances) Army Wives and Modern Family, the hit soundtrack to the film Garden State and the recently released Words and Pictures—has proven the timeless appeal of his songs.
"I Dreamed An Island" is the personal quest of a British songwriter living in southern France, a voyage towards an imagined haven through the storms of fear and intolerance brewing around the world. Sung mostly in English but in French, Italian dialects and Arabic, too, the album is an impassioned celebration of cultural diversity and pluralism.
Searching for a bygone golden era when coexistence and religious tolerance once prevailed, Faccini found a model for his utopian haven in 12th Century Sicily. At the crossroads of Western, Arabic and Byzantine inﬂuence, the island brieﬂy ﬂourished as the most enlightened and advanced society in medieval Europe.
"I Dreamed An Island" is a modern reimagining of that unique moment of creative cohabitation between peoples and faiths. Inspired by traditions centuries old but ﬁrmly 21st Century in its blending of languages, narratives and instrumental arrangements, electric guitars converse across time with a Baroque viola d'amore, while an oud answers a medieval psaltery and a Moroccan guembri pulses trance-like to the drums.
Imagining how a Provencal madrigal might sound closer to the mode of an Arabic makan, or how words in English could be put to melodies sung with micro tones more usually heard in a Turkish taqsim, Faccini crosses folk and world music genres, transforming John Martyn into Ali Farka Toure, Pentangle into a Tunisian wedding band and a Sicilian ciaccona into a Touareg desert riff.
Growing up in a trilingual family environment in the 70s and 80s in France, Italy and the UK, the album reﬂects Faccini's own background. The songs resonate with the voices of his migrant ancestors and his island is a Mediterranean multilingual utopia, where orange groves, horseshoe arches, gold leaf, lapis lazuli and stories abound. Judith peels oranges for Berber soldiers at the gates of Cordoba in the Spain of Al-Anda- lus, Drone sets the violence of religious conﬂict in European history to a contemporary context. "Oiseau," written the day after the 2015 Paris attacks when Faccini was on tour in Tunisia, describes a sleeping man caught in a nightmare of terrorist violence. From the depths of his dream he cries out to a bird on his windows-ill, asking it to wake him with the sound of its song. "The Many Were More" is a rallying call for tolerance and coexistence and includes a poem written in Arabic by the 12th Century Sicilian poet Ibn Hamdis and sung by the Algerian Malik Ziad.
Alongside Faccini, who plays a number of string instruments including a customized guitar with additional mini-frets to play quarter tones, the album features a cast of multinational musicians including: Italian drummer and percussionist Simone Prattico; Tunisian violinist Jasser Haj Youssef; American double bassist Chris Wood (MMW); Franco-Iranian percussionist and saz player Bijan Chemirani; Cameroonian bassist Hilaire Penda; Italian Baroque guitarist Luca Tarantino; American psaltery player Bill Cooley; French world music pioneer and guembri player Loy Ehrlich (Toure Kunda, Alain Peters); and the English bassist Pat Donaldson (Fotheringay, Sandy Denny).
After ten songs, a sense of nostalgia lingers for Faccini's dreamed up utopia, an island that today seems more remote and more necessary than ever before.
Cantrell's music has been celebrated in the press including features in The New York Times, "O" Magazine, Elle, and the Wall Street Journal. Cantrell's music has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered," "On Point," and "Weekend Edition." She has performed on "A Prairie Home Companion," "Mountain Stage," and the "Grand Ole Opry," and appeared on the television programs "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," and the Sundance Channel's "Spectacle: Elvis Costello." In recent years, she has been a contributor to The New York Times and www.VanityFair.com.
Last spring, Cantrell released Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs Of The Queen of Country Music, a recording she made in honor of one of her heroines, the great Kitty Wells. A meditation on femininity in country music, the set takes its title from an original song written in tribute to Wells. At present, Cantrell is at work on her fourth album of original material.
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