RAGBIRDS at the Pike Room

THURSDAY MAY 29, 2008
doors at 8pm
tickets: $8 (buy tickets)

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THE RAGBIRDS began with songwriter and vocalist Erin Zindle and percussionist Randall Moore in their search to create fresh original songs sprouting out of their love for world music and their desire to weave these distant sounds into more familiar genres. With the addition of guitarist/vocalist Matthew Melody, bassist Dan Hildebrandt, and percussionist Tim Dziekan, who share the vision of creating honest, creative music combining these global and local elements, THE RAGBIRDS fully realized their sound. Zindle leads the stage with a bright, energetic presence and four to five instruments interchanging skillfully in her hands, while she sings her charms. THE RAGBIRDS use many traditional folk instruments including violin, guitar, mandolin, banjo, accordion, piano and harmonica. But this folky root is firmly embedded in the soil of rhythm, ancient and new, incorporating African poly-rhythms and Afro-Cuban tumbaos, over sometimes rock, hip-hop or reggae style drum-kit. Melodic lines are often built of ethnic scales and techniques, sometimes Celtic in style, sometimes Gypsy, or Latin, or African, and there is an improvisational element to the songs that keeps them fresh. In live performances, the band incorporates variations on traditional African drum pieces, each member trading their instrument for a nearby hand drum. They have a strong belief in the beauty of poetry and positive music, and the power of dance-able rhythm. Doors at 8pm. $8 all ages show.

 

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