Rhiannon Giddens and Sxip Shirey: Sonic New York
Show DescriptionRhiannon Giddens of the Grammy Award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops is a truly diverse vocalist. With Sonic New York she takes on traditional American music, RnB, French, Gaelic and even classical music.
"The prize for bravest band at Folk Alliance has to go to the new band from Rhiannon Giddens (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops)...The core of the group, Rhiannon and Sxip, clearly have wildly eclectic tastes in music, ranging from Gaelic lilting traditions to far-out avant-folk guitar compositions…with Adam Matta's precision beatboxing rampaging along with Rhiannon's Celtic mouth music (her husband's from Limerick, Ireland, so she's been learning Gaelic, or Irish), and Rhiannon holding forth with a contra dance fiddle tune and hip-hop beats. I was able to pin down the more obscure folk music references, including a bold cover of Irish band Kila's infamously complex songs from the pen of Ronan O Snodaigh."
Sonic New York is a new project featuring the incredible vocals of Rhiannon Giddens who studied at Oberlin Conservatory of music and recently sang with the North Carolina Symphony. Sxip Shirey is a composer and songwriter from New York City who first worked with Rhiannon on his album "SONIC NEW YORK" and the EP "Carolina Chocolate Drops and Luminescent Orchestrii" EP on Nonesuch records. Both albums were produced by Joe "Bass" Dejarnette, a founding member of The Wiyos.
Together these 3 unique musicians promise and evening of incredible and beautiful music.