THURSDAY • March 30th, 2017 7:30pm & 9:00pm
$10 Music Charge, $7:00 minimum pp.
John Ehlis Trio with special guests Loire Cotler(voice) & Glen Velez (frame drums)
John Ehlis guitar & mandolin
Scott Hogan 5 string electric fretless bass
Glen Fittin frame drums & percussion
Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist John Ehlis combines creative forces with the finest musicians to convey the spirit and energy of music made and played in the moment.
This performance showcases the mesmerizing artistry of Loire and Glen Velez, who are forging new ground within the very ancient pairing of voice and drums.
Described by the New Yorker as “using her voice in mystically percussive ways,” Loire, (aka Lori Cotler), is quickly gaining an international reputation as one of the most captivating and original vocalists of our time. She combines World Music, Jazz and Pop with scat improvisations and her original reworking of the sophisticated art of Konnakol, the vocal drum language of South Indian origins.
A legendary figure amongst musicians and audiences world-wide, Glen Velez is the first percussionist to gain international recognition as a successful solo artist with frame drums. His extensive array of frame drum innovations and sounds have inspired collaborations with an epic and eclectic list of renowned artists, including Steve Reich, the Paul Winter Consort, Suzanne Vega, Maya Beiser, Tan Dun and Pat Metheny.
Bassist Scott Hogan held the groove with the Bernie Worrell Orchestra for several years and began touring with the pop group Hanson while still a student in high school. Hogan studied with jazz bassists John Patitucci and Mike Richmond, and has a voice all his own on the five-string electric fretless bass.
Glen Fittin has focused on world percussion instruments for over 25 years. His distinctive gift for rhythm and sound blends seamlessly in any situation. Fittin was a member of Velez’s acclaimed “Handance Ensemble” and he is highly regarded for his work accompanying dancers.