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LENI STERN. Acclaimed guitarist and vocalist Leni Stern brings her African music ensemble to Barbs. The music juxtaposes Stern's trademark inventive guitar and vocal explorations with the indigenous sounds of accomplished African instrumentalists. The result is at once haunting, exuberant, cinematic, personal and resoundingly assured. Featuring Leni Stern on n'goni, electric guitar, vocals, and calabash/Alioune Faye on sabar and djembe/Mamadou Ba on electric bass.
Leni Stern with Elhadji Alioune Faye and Mamadou Ba Jazz Guitarist Leni Stern Explores West African Rhythms Lots of jazz musicians head to Africa to find their "musical roots," but only Leni Stern was so committed to West African culture she weathered a coup d'tat in Mali to record an album (2012's Smoke, No Fire). But that's indicative of the fierce artistic commitment that's made Stern one of today's most adventurous guitarists, vocalists and composers. Famous for her extraordinary fusions of pop and jazz -- the Boston Phoenix once said she had a "voice like Marlene Dietrich with Billie Holiday's phrasing" -- Stern has recently turned her considerable talents toward West African rhythms. Now she appears in concert with Elhadji Alioune Faye (percussion) and Mamadou Ba (bass) at Atlas Performing Arts Center. Turn up early to catch DJ Crown Vic (Electric Cowbell Records' Jim Thomson) spinning all vinyl selections of modern and vintage world music.
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Label: Leni Stern Recordings
Bio: Leni Stern is a singer, guitarist, label owner, author, composer, orchestrator, social advocate, martial artist (she holds three belts in the Southern Shaolin discipline of Hung-Ga), cancer survivor and proud New York City resident.
Stern originally made a name for herself in jazz circles (her f...See Full Bio
“Stern is an exceptional artist, adhering steadfastly to her own sense of direction and acknowledgment of the place and people she considers significant. As a guitarist, she continues her personal endeavor of penetrating and absorbing Malian music and, though her vocals, might be in the forefront on Smoke, No Fire, the instrumentation is both sophisticated and unassuming at the same time. Stern has mastered the art of permitting her life to confront its destiny, be it in times of peace or war. For this, she just might be the bravest woman in music today.”