Rooster's Wife Features Music by Cinder Conk, Katherine Whalen
The Rooster’s Wife brings Katherine Whalen and her Fascinators and Cinder Conk to Aberdeen on a double bill Sunday, April 17.
Local music fans will recognize Xar Adelberg as the brilliant bass player with Ameranouche, back south with a totally different vibe. Likewise, Katherine Whalen, who performed with Squirrel Nut Zippers, is distinctive in style and talent. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music starting at 6:45 p.m.
Cinder Conk plays music drawn from the Black Sea — the wellspring of Europe’s deepest and most diverse musical traditions. It is the sound of celebration and lament of those who have lived on its coast over thousands of years — Roma, Jews, peasants and nationalists. Cinder Conk weaves Matthew Schreiber’s accordion riffs with the double bass counterpoint of Xar Adelberg to create a sound that’s energetic, gripping, winsome and haunting. Within months of forming, Cinder Conk had already shared the stage with Slavic Soul Party, Beat Circus, Fishtank Ensemble and The Toughcats, and played festivals including the sold-out Free Range Music Festival in Maine, Brooklyn’s Golden Festival and Balkan Night in Concord, Mass.
Matt Schreiber has been praised for both his original compositions and his fluency in Balkan accordion styles. Schreiber has spent several years in Europe studying with some of the brightest lights in Eastern European accordion music -—Alan Bern, Petar Ralchev, Dejan Jovanovic and Slavic Soul Party’s Peter Stan. He has toured extensively throughout the Baltic Sea region with sailing circus troupe Compagnie Aquanaut, and has composed for films from the United States, France, Iceland, Spain and Germany.
Double bass player Xar Adelberg holds a bachelor’s degree in percussion from the University of Maine at Augusta. She’s spent the last four years on the road with Gypsy jazz trio Ameranouche, prior to which she was immersed in the study of modern lunatic-fringe/avant-garde and free jazz masters, including Tony Malaby, Frank Carlberg and John Hollenbeck, and spent time touring in the United Kingdom in plaid trousers with “pop-punk nightmare” Five Star Loser.
Katharine Whalen’s unique and soulful voice led the charge of the roaring 1990s swing, hot jazz and jump blues band Squirrel Nut Zippers. They burst out of Chapel Hill and sold over 3 million albums, while playing all over the country, including the White House. These days, her inner jazz chanteuse frequently bumps up against modern electronic effects and percolating rhythms. These days she is currently touring the Southeast with her Fascinators, and preparing a new release of solo material set to debut in early August.
Poplar Knight Spot is totally accessible with parking adjacent to the building at 114 Knight St., downtown Aberdeen.
Tickets may be purchased online through the website, or at the door with cash or check. Children under 12 are always free at the Rooster’s Wife events, furthering the mission of building community through the arts.
For more information and the complete schedule, visit www.theroosterswife.org or call (910) 944-7502.
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