Point Richmond Jazz presents Dan Cantrell with Lila Sklar, violin
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 shouldnt 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
Dans 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)
Lila Sklar (violin/vocals) became fascinated with the music of the Middle East and the Balkans in her early 20s and participated in a nationwide tour playing Turkish Sufi music with vocalist Latif Bolat. In addition to recording on many film and television productions, Lila has toured and performed extensively throughout the US, Japan, Europe, and the Middle East playing with such groups as Beats Antique, Bauhaus, Joanna Newsom, Rosin Coven, Bjork, The Quarta Dolce Quartet, Beulah, Gypsy Caravan, Sherefe, The Toids, and members of Cirque Du Soleil. Currently Lila lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and earns her living teaching, recording, touring, and performing. More about Lila here.
Dan Cantrell (accordion/piano/saw/vocals/Musical Director) has been focused on the study of folk and popular music from Eastern Europe, as well as composing for film dance, and theatre. He has composed music for over thirty films, several plays, a variety of dance pieces and other eclectic performance events, winning an Emmy. Dans extensive group of collaborators includes recording with Tom Waits, touring with Joanna Newsom and guesting with the San Francisco Symphony. For three years he composed and recorded the soundtrack for Cartoon Networks Misadventures of Flapjack. Learn more about Dan's work here.
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Dan Cantrell is an Emmy award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist known for his innovative film scoring approach, and his virtuosic abilities on the accordion, piano and musical saw.
Hauntingly beautifulquirky and energetic says the San Francisco Bay Guardian. His extensive scoring catalogue spans a wide range of emotion and style.
Dans compositions for film and television have earned him numerous awards including an Emmy Award for KQEDs Home-Front, a Golden Gate award for the soundtrack to the documentary Divided Loyalties, and an Annie nomination for his work on three seasons of Cartoon Networks the Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.
His Orchestral music was recently featured by the Oakland Symphony, and his chamber music was performed at San Franciscos Yerba Buena Center for the arts, and in Washington DCs Kennedy Center. Dan also recently composed a suite of choral music performed by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir as part of their yearly concert series.
violinist Lila Sklar was classically trained, but she would also "jam" with her dad who plays guitar and taught her how to improvise. Lila became fascinated with the music of the Middle East and the Balkans in her early 20s and participated in a nationwide tour playing Turkish Sufi music with vocalist Latif Bolat. Lila also began playing and singing in several bands. In addition to recording on many film and television productions, Lila has toured and performed extensively throughout the US, Japan, Europe, and the Middle East playing with such groups as Beats Antique, Bauhaus, Joanna Newsom, Rosin Coven, Bjork, The Quarta Dolce Quartet, Beulah, Gypsy Caravan, Sherefe, The Toids, and members of Cirque Du Soleil. She has performed in many venues and festivals including The Green Man Festival (UK), The Bumpershoot Festival in Seattle, Britt Festivals, The Carmel World Music Festival, The Royal Albert Hall, Disney Concert Hall, Knitting Factory New York, Knitting Factory Los Angeles, Yoshis Jazz Club, and The Fillmore.
Currently Lila lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and earns her living teaching, recording, touring, and performing.
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