Music Event

Weekend Music Series

Fingerstyle Guitar with Michael DeLalla

Fingerstyle Guitar with Michael DeLalla
Saturday, June 6, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Guitarist and composer Michael DeLalla serves up a delicious brew of solo guitar compositions and arrangements drawn from musical traditions gathered worldwide. Matt Fink of All Music Guide describes Michael DeLalla as "One of the very best acoustic guitarists in the world....music of the most exquisite order." And he’s returning to Fresh City Life for another afternoon of evocative compositions, taut arrangements and inspired improvisations. Come join him on a Fingerstyle Guitar Journey that spans a world of traditions.

Portuguese Romance with Suzanne Morales

Portuguese Romance with Suzanne Morales
Saturday, June 13, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Dazzling concert audiences all over Denver, Suzanne Morales is a favorite performer at our Saturday Sessions. She has created special collections of her cherished Latin music – and each of her concerts at Denver Public Library have a unique sound and rhythm. Her newest set of songs will feature romantic Portuguese ballads and a tribute to the Bossa Nova era. Suzanne’s singing and guitar playing hold listeners in sway.

Post Jazz with David Thomas Bailey

Post Jazz with David Thomas Bailey
Saturday, June 20, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Drawing inspiration from his life in Southwest Denver and the vibrancy of Federal Boulevard, David Thomas Bailey creates music that conjures the great American West as heard through an improvisational jazz filter.

Afro Pop Fusion with Nokuthula

Afro Pop Fusion with Nokuthula
Saturday, June 27, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Nokuthula plays contemporary and traditional Afro-pop fusion dance music from Zimbabwe, South Africa, and beyond. The band’s roots are in Zimbabwe- style marimba and mbira, but its music is also influenced by jazz, blues, Latin, Afro-Cuban, and other world music. Nokuthula’s sound is joyous, energetic, and upbeat; guaranteed to entertain audiences of all ages.

Compositions and Kibitzing: Brian Burch and Randal Ames

Compositions and Kibitzing: Brian Burch and Randal Ames
Saturday, July 11, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Fingerstyle guitarist Brian Birch and mandolinist Randal Ames have been wowing audiences in the Denver area for the past ten years.  Their acoustic compositions and other musical renderings cover a wide variety of musical styles ranging from classical and folk, to new age and blues. Along with their original pieces they also play great instrumental music from some of the best pickers on the planet including: Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins, Steffan Grossman, Alex DeGrassi, Bill Mize, David Qualey and Ed Gerhard. You really need to hear their take on ‘Duelin’ Banjos’ and ‘Malaguena’ to appreciate the energy and virtuosity they put into their performances. Plus, their comedic banter between songs is reminiscent of ‘The Smothers Brothers’ folk act from the 1970’s. It’s always a rare treat for the ears to hear them perform together in concert.

Looping Bass with Matt Skellenger

Looping Bass with Matt Skellenger
Saturday, July 18, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Wowing audiences in our 2014 season, Matt Skellenger is back for an encore performance of his exciting concert set. “In electroacoustic music, a loop is a repeating section of sound material. Short sections of material can be repeated to create ostinato (motif) patterns.” – Wikipedia.com. Matt Skellenger utilizes looping techniques to create complex musical pieces that are haunting and memorable.

Sweet Song: Hammered Dulcimer with Peter Hebert

Sweet Song: Hammered Dulcimer with Peter Hebert
Saturday, July 25, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

An expert instrumentalist, Peter Hebert plays the evocative hammered dulcimer and its cousin, the psaltery, with masterful ease – filling the air with the ancient sounds of Medieval Europe. The Graeco-Roman dulcimer (sweet song) derives its name from the Latin dulcis (sweet) and the Greek melos (song). Find out how perfectly named this haunting instrument can be when Peter Hebert makes his dulcimer sing a sweet song.

 

Fingerstyle Guitar with Michael DeLalla

Fingerstyle Guitar with Michael DeLalla
Saturday, June 6, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

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