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Tuned In by Ken Maiuri 09-27-19

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Published: 9/27/2019 9:20:57 AM

Veteran drummer/composer/improviser Andrew Cyrille performs solo at the New Africa House Theater on the campus of UMass Amherst on Friday, September 27, at 8 p.m. It’s the latest show in the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares concert series. The event is free.

The Brooklyn-born Cyrille turns 80 in November, and was honored with a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Vision Festival in NYC back in June — where he performed for more than four hours, in eight different lineups.

Jazz Shares co-founder Glenn Siegel describes Cyrille as “a complete musician,” having played with vocalist Nellie Lutcher, vibraphonist Walt Dickerson and saxophonist Coleman Hawkins in his earliest days before launching into the experimental waves with pianist Cecil Taylor, and then on into his own diverse career.

Cyrille’s recorded debut under his own name was a 1971 solo LP called “What About?” It was the first solo percussion album ever heard by drummer Matt Weston, who was forever inspired by Cyrille’s ability to create an orchestral range of textures and sounds, “even within the alleged confines of a standard 4- or 5-piece drum set.”

Weston gave a special nod to the track “From Whence I Came,” which he said “has a uniquely and devastatingly contemplative quality that I’ve heard in few other solo percussion works. I don’t think I’ve done a single performance where that piece isn’t somewhere in the back of my head, reminding me of what’s possible.”

That deep exploration of “what’s possible” is the constant throughout Cyrille’s lifetime of playing, and it comes to the fore in his live solo performances. He experiments with all aspects of the drum kit, from the galaxy of timbres in a single cymbal hit different ways, to a full-on full-kit rhythm with flow and fire.

Peter Blanchette, inventor of the 11-string archguitar, has created an archguitar duo with Madrid native and renowned guitarist Mané Larregla. They’ll perform Blanchette’s arrangements of pieces by Bach, Scarlatti, Rameau, and Vivaldi, as well as 15th and 16th century dance music, at the Northampton Center for the Arts on Friday, September 27, at 8 p.m.

Rapper and activist Talib Kweli appears at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on Friday, September 27, at 8:30 p.m. Locals Maspyke and Jackson Whalan are also on the bill.

The second annual Arcadia Folk Festival showcases performances by Dar Williams, Martin Sexton, Anais Mitchell, The Mammals, Mwenso and the Shakes, Crys Matthews, Diana Alvarez, Little Roots and Sweet Lightning at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton (celebrating its 75th year) on Saturday, September 28, at 10 a.m. Kids 10 and under get in for free. Food vendors and a Makers Market will be on site as well.

For more than a decade, Tokyo-born band The Molice (now based in Buffalo, N.Y.) have been creating guitar-driven ‘90s-inspired indie rock, and they’ll be at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke on Saturday, September 28, at 8 p.m.

Juan Wauters first grabbed attention as the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter for indie band The Beets, and has since put out numerous solo records on the quality Captured Tracks label. He appears at Flywheel in Easthampton on Sunday, September 29, at 8 p.m. Sharing the triple bill are Jesus Vio and Stoner Will & The Narks.

Theatrical rockers Man Man raise a ruckus at the Iron Horse in Northampton on Sunday, September 29, at 8:30 p.m. GRLwood opens.

Folk singer/guitarist/songwriter Patty Larkin appears at the Iron Horse in Northampton on Thursday, October 3, at 7 p.m.

Alash, masters of Tuvan throat singing, take the stage at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke on Thursday, October 3, at 8 p.m.

Soulful vocalist/keyboardist/songwriter Jon Carroll performs solo at the Luthier’s Co-op in Easthampton on Thursday, October 3, at 8:30 p.m.

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