Rose and the Nightingale to perform at Ballard Park July 25

— This eclectic concert should not to be missed, Thursday evening July 25 at 7 p.m. at Ballard Park’s Performance Pavilion in Westport. Original and innovative is the best way to describe this mix of Chamber/Folk/Pop/vocal music.

Rose & the Nightingale is four powerful New York based multi-instrumentalists and improvisers: Jody Redhage (voice, cello, compositions), Leala Cyr (voice, trumpet), Sara Caswell (violin, mandolin), & Laila Biali (voice, piano). The band’s warm sound of three part vocal harmonies, intricate arrangements, and burning solos has proven to cut through to a deeper level of connection with audiences.  The band’s current project, Spirit of the Garden, inspired by Botanic Gardens, blurs the boundaries of jazz, folk, world, and chamber music.  The performance integrates poetry about gardens and nature as the lyrics to the songs, as inspiration for improvised interludes, and as thematic threads through the concert.  Rose & the Nightingale live performances have proven to uplift audiences with the power of the quartet’s fiery rhythmic energy, sublime harmonies, lyrical beauty, and staggering talent.  Onstage, the band is a great demonstration of female strength.

Jody, Leala, and Sara met while touring to five continents over 14 months with Esperanza Spalding’s Chamber Music Society.  Laila had recently settled in New York after extensive touring with Sting, Chris Botti, Paula Cole, and Suzanne Vega.  Leala is currently in Esperanza’s Radio Music Society band.  Jody has played with a host of people from Jay-Z and Beyonce to Neil Diamond, and Sara often tours with Gene Bertoncini and solos with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.  

 This concert is sponsored by Taylor Haskins and the NYSCA Decentralization Program supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature administered locally by North Country Cultural Center for the Arts.

Concerts are every Thursday at about 7 p.m. (when the hot setting sun leaves the stage ) at the Performance Pavilion, Main Street, Westport. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket, and/or picnic. In case of rain concerts will be moved into the Westport Heritage House across the street. Donations are always appreciated. For more information email artsco@westelcom.com . Also for more information and u tube sampling go to website www.ballardparkny.org. or www.roseandthenightingale.com.

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