$18 @ http://prjazz.org or $25 at the door
Dan Cantrell and Lila Sklar have been collaborating since the turn of the century. From Circus Side Show mayhem, to stunning Soundtrack scores, Tuvan Throat Singing to Balkan Romani virtuosity, these two have a long history of subversive immersion and wacky eloquence. They cut their teeth playing together in the Toids, a legendary Balkan Fusion ensemble that toured the world playing and recording enthralling original Balkan inspired hits. Since that formative time, the two have collaborated in a multitude of ensembles and outfits ranging from Pagan Lounge to Symphonic Klezmer to Urban Theatre. Their combined musicality is intimately sublime and notoriously offbeat, rivaled only by their formidable bonds of friendship. They are like chocolate and peanut butter in a Smokey Parisian/Hungarian cafe from a classic noir film.
On the 27th of April, at Point Richmond Jazz, Dan and Lila will perform music from Dan Cantrells recent album Orphaned Anthems, then serve up tasty selections from the smorgasbord of original compositions the Duo shares. Dan will play Piano, Accordion, and Musical Saw, with Lila on Violin and Voice. The full ensemble will also feature the talented Sean Tergis on percussion, Diana Strong on Accordion, Celeste and Toy Piano as well as Eric Perney on Upright Bass. Adding visual delight to the scintillating sounds, Elizabeth Strong, Natalie Nayun, and Shanti Bardot will perform traditional and choreographed dances with the Band. It promises to be a delightfully diverse evening of original music and dance that shouldn’t be missed.
“Dan Cantrell offers an astonishing array of auditory wonders. You will find what you never knew you were looking for, and when you dust it off and hold it close, it will sing to your heart.” –
Ana Harff – Tribal Mind Magazine
“Dan’s work smacks of a collection of people who fell in love with music at an early age, studied it seriously and elected to give back to it versus get rich from it . . . and we are the richer for it.” – Roger Andris
“This is Bulgarian dance music meets Mr. Bungle meets Carl Stallings meets Erik Satie meets a boggled mind (yours, that is, when you hear how it all holds together).” –
Paul McNees – Lacuna Music