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Minas

March 10, 2017



Minas takes Brazilian and American roots to create a sound that is fresh and innovative, from ballads tinged with melancholic traits of blues and choro, to folk coasting on the subtle coolness of a bossa nova pulse, to upbeat Sambas elaborated with instrumental jazz improvisation, scat singing and whimsical whistling.

“The wonder is that such percussion-based music can be so luxuriously relaxing. In Rio is like an aural massage.”
–David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer

Orlando Haddad and Patricia King formed Minas in 1978 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. They proceeded to play all over the eastern United States before moving to Brazil, where they lived, entertained and traveled, absorbing the essence of Brazilian culture. In 1984 Orlando and Patricia returned to the United States and raised a family while performing and recording extensively, building their reputation as one of the most sought-after Brazilian groups of its kind. Multi-talented as composers, vocalists and instrumentalists, and equally comfortable in Brazilian festive music and jazz, folk and classical genres, Minas has developed various performance styles which have placed them in front of every kind of audience and venue.

With recordings of original music and a collection of over 100 songs, Orlando and Patricia’s compositions have been compared to classics by Cole Porter and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Capturing the essence of great songwriting with memorable melodies, inventive harmonies, and poetic lyrics, the music of Minas is engaging and timeless.

Ladybird

February 10, 2017


Brought together by their mutual love of the traditional American songbook, Ladybird draws on a multi-dimensional background, including European classicism, Swedish folk, and jazz to create a sound that echoes like a wind through the Appalachian pines. Their original material is informed by these textures and brought to life by their instrumental abilities, but thrice as nice are their voices:

“Emoting deep from the back of their throats, each artist nuanced not only with the character of her instrument but also with the individuality of her vocals.” 
Tri-State Indie

Ladybird is:
  • Anna Cecilia Ferneborg (vocals, guitar, mandolin)
  • Sarah Williams Larsen (vocals, fiddle, mandolin, guitar)
  • Laura Kay (vocals, dobro, banjo, guitar)
Ladybird has shared the stage with acts like Steep Canyon Rangers, Peter Mulvey, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West.

It is their diverse background that lends new treatments to old time songs. Their EP, “Hey There, Ladybird!” consists of three traditional songs (High On a Mountain, Rain and Snow, Red Rocking Chair) and one original.  Ladybird’s renditions of the three traditional songs are uncommon. Sarah says, “The best advice we ever got was from Ry Cooder; he said ‘why play a song the way it’s been played before? Doesn’t matter if it’s better or worse, at least it’s different.’” While playing their traditional instruments, the girls, with producer Michael Southerton (Song Dogs) began to experiment with harmony and texture. The result is an EP dipped in sepia and soaked in a Southern honey, radiating with a dark beauty and warmth.

The Sweater Set

January 13, 2017

The Sweater Set will pluck at your heart strings,” with “an intimidating number of instruments” (WaPo) and soaring soprano-alto harmonies. You are invited into Sara Curtin & Maureen Andary‘s joyful friendship as they sing about loves lost and found, accompanying themselves with elaborate arrangements of accordion, banjo, ukulele, guitar, and flute.

BrightestYoungThings nominates them as “D.C.’s most endearing duo,” claiming their attraction to them in live performance was “instant and inescapable.”

The Sweater Set won the 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011 Washington Area Music Awards for Best Contemporary Folk Duo and the 2013 Washington Area Music Award for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. They have toured throughout Ireland, the UK, & the Northeast & Southern United States; opened for Dar Williams, Aoife O’Donovan, and Michelle Shocked; served as Artists-in-Residence at the Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts; and partnered with the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities as Artist Fellows in 2015.

Huda Asfour Trio & Special Guests

December 9, 2016

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Performer (vocals and oud), composer, and engineer Huda Asfour has worked, studied, and collaborated with artists in Tunisia, Gaza, Ramallah, Egypt, Lebanon, and the United States. Her most recent release, Mars: Back and Forth, is a progressive experimentation and reinterpretation of familiar arabic styles alongside a compelling push for the interstellar home, self, and futurism. Mars, Asfour writes, “was my search for home and for identity. A trip to a world without borders. Undefined by labels and boundaries. The god of war, that shaped my early years, from the mountains of Lebanon where I was born during the Israeli invasion, to the early years of the second intifada (uprising) in Ramallah.”
Huda is joined by Asha Santee on an array of percussion instruments. Asha plays with six groups in the D.C. area, including The Peace & Body Roll Duo BOOMscat, CooLots, THC (Thee House Collective), lowercase letters, and Be Steadwell. She also empowers the minds of music lovers through drum lessons. When Asha is not behind the canvas painting or playing instruments, she can be seen (if you catch her) running her clothing line Note 2 Self LLC.
Derek B. Bond, on electric bass, completes the trio. Born in Brooklyn and raised in southern Virginia, Derek started playing bass in high schoo and has played in blues, rock, reggae, jazz, fusion, and East African pop bands. He has shared the stage with Victor Wooton, Carter Beauford, Leroy Moore, Ziggy Marley, Tim Reynolds, Yellow Man, the Wu Tang Clan, Soul Coughing, Jamal Milner, Bio Ritmo, and others.  Rounding out his musical experience, Derek played tuba in the University of Notre Dame marching band and drums and keyboards in various rock bands.
The Huda Asfour Trio will be joined by other special guests.

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We invite you to enjoy delicious refreshments from the Cafe at Carroll Cafe available before the show and at the intermission.  A changing choice of savories enough for a light meal, topped off with fabulous desserts and beverages, will add to the happiness of the concert experience! Always vegetarian, with some vegan and gluten-free options most months, all lovingly made by Sandra.

Thank you for your support of Carroll Café.

Danika Holmes & Jeb Hart

November 11, 2016

She’s a songwriter who was almost a doctor. He’s a guitar aficionado who owns and operates his own guitar instruction company. Together they form the duo Danika Holmes & Jeb Hart, a soulful combination of acoustic pop and blues that hits the heart with their blended talents.

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Hailed as “a captivating singer in a truly soulful duo,” by Emmy Award winning-songwriter Trey Bruce, Holmes initially started as a solo artist, her songs playing on Sirius XM’s Coffee House station and on 150 radio stations nationwide. Her belief is that a well-written song can embody all emotions of human existence, and she articulates that beautifully with her slightly raspy yet gentle voice and truthful lyrics.

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Jeb Hart can tell a story with six strings. “I’ve seen some of the best guitarists that rock, blues and country have to offer.” says Entertainment reporter Jim Renke.  “Jeb Hart can hold his own with any of them. His heart and passion are matched only by his technical skills.” The multi-faceted Hart began playing music at the age of 9. His 16-year career of guitar instruction includes opening his own company, Six Month Guitar. Performing with various bands, ranging in genres from blues to rock, country to big band, Jeb found the partner he was looking for in Danika.

Danika and Jeb are taking stages by storm, having opened for mainstream heavyweights such as Lyle Lovett, Dierks Bentley, Phil Vassar and others. Their soulful and intoxicating sound lures in new fans daily.

Victoria Vox and the Unified Jazz Ensemble

February 12, 2016 • 7:30 p.m.

VICTORIA VOX
and THE UNIFIED JAZZ ENSEMBLE

victoria voxVictoria Vox is a ukulele-playing award winning songwriter with an infectious pop-folk-jazz style.   Vox also has received praise for her ‘invisible’ instrument: The Mouth Trumpet, blowing her own horn on the Jay Leno Show.   She has been artist in residence at Strathmore hall and tours in Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and across the U.S.   Her 9th album, “When the Night Unravels” was released in January 2015.   

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vibraphonist Mike Noonan, bassist John Pineda, trumpeter Tim Stanley, and Dominic Smith on drums

We’re delighted that for this appearance at Carroll Café, Victoria will be joined by the UNIFIED JAZZ ENSEMBLE, featuring vibraphonist Mike Noonan, bassist John Pineda, trumpeter Tim Stanley, and Dominic Smith on drums.

An undercurrent of toughness, a beautiful voice, great melodies and loads of charm make her unique folk/pop music impossible to resist.  – Vintage Guitar Magazine

Vox’s soulful-ukulele shatters all preconceived (and ill-informed) notions about ukuleles and their underrated capabilities as an instrument. – WhatWeekly

Brother Sun

Thanks for a great show, Brother Sun
and thanks, Ellen Bukstel, for a great opening set

May 8, 2015 • 7:30 p.m.

National touring artists Greg GreenwayPat Wictor, and Joe Jencks have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter’s round. The trio’s harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.

Brother Sun Mazlish #3C7FA1From three major points on the map–Boston, New York, and Chicago–Greg, Pat, and Joe have blended themselves into Brother Sun: a unique celebration of the amazing power of singing together. As they will tell you, the music of Brother Sun is not resident in any one of them, but rather it exists in the space between them. Audiences feel this sincerity immediately. Their combined musical skills make for an unforgettable experience, three rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, piano, ukulele, and bouzouki.

Ellen Bukstel, co-author of the award-winning song “By My Silence,” provided the opening set.

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Genticorum

Thanks to Genticorum
and to cosponsor, Carpe Diem Arts

April 10, 2015 • 7:30 p.m.

From the U.S. to the U.K., from Canada to Australia, fans at folk festivals around the world have discovered Genticorum. Leaders of a new generation of Quebec traditional music groups, the three members of Genticorum bring an irrepressible joie de vivre to the hallmarks of the Quebec repertoire: non-stop dance rhythms, hearty call-and-response singing, traditional- style foot percussion, and intense and impassioned playing that leaves audiences in a frenzy. The band also performs original compositions so true to tradition that it’s difficult to tell the difference between the old and the new. The huge sound emanating from this trio features intricate fiddle and flute melodies, backed by guitar, electric bass and rich resonant vocals that blend in stirring three-part harmonies – and a humorous stage show that ties the music and the audience together.

The band was founded by musicians with an unparalleled passion for their musical heritage. Both Pascal Gemme and Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand were literally raised on traditional music. Alex grew up in the midst of living room jam sessions hosted by his father, traditional musician and Quebec culture promoter Gilles Garand. Pascal spent his childhood summers in Huntingdon, Quebec, where his grandfather was the village fiddler. Yann Falquet grew up playing guitar in rock bands but soon discovered traditional music and is now an in-demand rhythm player.

“Her beautiful voice carrying a message of peace could be mistaken for a visit from a member of an angelic choir. “

—Willie Nelson’s Peace Research Institute

 

 

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