Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pick of the Week - Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem in “American Spiritual.”

Rani Arbo and daisy meyhem 

    This week's entertainment Pick of the Week goes to the Olin Fine Arts Center at Washington and Jefferson College with a scheduled performance by Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem titled "American Spiritual."
   
This roots band debuts a new program culled from the deepest roots of the spirit. From a lush setting of Tennyson’s Crossing the Bar to old American shape note hymns, prison work songs, blues, gospel and original compositions, American Spiritual draws from 200 years of roots music to find songs that uplift and connect.

With infectious camaraderie, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem easily coax audiences to join their spine-tingling, rafter-shaking harmonies, clap to roaring fiddle tunes and open their hearts to songs of love and loss. This is American Spiritual - in which big questions are asked, few are answered, much harmony is sung, and an ecstatic string band is let loose to dispense its good medicine.
    
For more than a decade, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem have been brewing their own blend of American roots music. Their shows sparkle with songs and stories that celebrate and tackle the human condition. From an early 1900’s farmers’ lament to a swing tune penned for Arbo’s elderly neighbor, the band’s repertoire is crafted to build bridges between musicians and listeners and between performance and life. The quartet’s energy and warmth pull audiences in, enthrall them, and return them home with opened hearts.

On the day of the performance Rani Arbo will conduct a free workshop in the Olin Auditorium at 1 p.m. that will include a reflective performance and discussion.
 A breast cancer survivor, she is also a trained hospice volunteer and an experienced presenter in medical settings. As a solo performer (vocal, fiddle, guitar), she visits cancer survivor groups, nursing homes, pediatric clinics, infusion centers and hospice programs, and plays at bedside for patients of all ages and conditions.
Rani has completed Arts in Medicine residencies at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn IL, California State University in Chico, and the University of Florida in Gainesville.


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