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9 STRING THEORY - The finest instrumental music from the around the world finds a fresh new voice in 9 String Theory: the unique musical collaboration of Russian domra virtuoso Angelina Galashenkova-Reed and award-winning American classical guitarist John Huston. 9 String Theory performs music of great variety and intense virtuosity, evoking musical traditions both ancient and modern, sharing with audiences the world’s diverse musical culture.
Angelina Galashenkova is among the greatest living virtuosos of the Russian Domra (the ancient 3-string lute of Russian folk and Gypsy music). Born in St. Petersburg, at the age of eight she began musical studies at the St. Petersburg School of Music and continued her training at the Mussorgsky College of Music and the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Angelina won First Prize in the Russian National Domra Competition in 1990 and First Prize in the International Folk Artists Competition in 1991. She has performed throughout Europe, Australia, Japan, and the United States (including her Carnegie Hall debut in 1991).
John Huston has distinguished himself as one of the most exciting and expressive guitarists of his generation. Guitart International has praised him as "a formidable talent”, the Fort-Worth Star Telegram described his “considerable energy and impressive virtuosity", and La Stampa has called his playing "...mesmerizing." The accolades for Mr. Huston's performance are numerous, including First Prize in the 2001 Aranjuez Strings International Guitar Competition.
Together as 9 String Theory, Angelina and John create acoustic sounds like nothing you have ever heard. A 9 String Theory concert is like a musical trip around the world, featuring Latin American rhythms, Russian Gypsy fire, Spanish flamenco, echoes of Eastern Europe, and songs from America. Concerts by 9 String Theory delight and excite the most diverse audiences, and their combined virtuosity will win over the most discerning music lovers.
“Angelina and John were peerless in their musicianship. The audience was dumbfounded and captivated by the mastery they displayed. I have heard them a couple of times before but never have I heard them or any instrumental duo at such a peak of perfection. Everyone in attendance bore witness to the privilege of being present at such a performance and left swearing never to forget the experience. These are truly a special pair!” - Gregg Averett, North Georgia House Concert Connection
MARLA FEENEY/Fiddle - Originally from the St. Louis area, Marla Feeney has been teaching music and performing in metro Atlanta since 2000. She performs in a wide range of styles, including orchestral and chamber music, many varieties of jazz, international genres, choral, symphonic band and pit orchestra music. Currently she divides her time between her teaching studio in Marietta (Sandpiper Music Studio), performing with various groups in Atlanta, and recording. She appears regularly with The New Anatolian Experience, the Bonaventure Quartet, Society Express, and the Rome Symphony, occasionally with local singer/songwriters Caroline Herring, Bert Elliot, Elyse Witt and Mick Kinney, and freelances with many fine local jazz players. Recently she performed with the DIVA jazz orchestra at the Alliance Theater in a show featuring tap dancing legend Maurice Hines. Marla enjoys the diverse musical culture here in Atlanta and is currently working on some original projects.
Marla holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa, both degrees in music performance. Before moving to the Atlanta area, she taught as an adjunct faculty member at several Midwestern colleges. She also performed as a theater musician and served as a staff arranger in Branson (MO) shows.
KHARI CABREL SIMMONS/Bass - Khari Cabral started playing bass at the age of twelve. As a teen, he performed in high school bands in New Jersey and New Orleans. At 18, he was compelled to move to Atlanta after seeing Spike Lee’s film School Daze about a fictitious black university in Atlanta. It was the movie’s now-classic soundtrack, produced by Stevie Wonder and Lenny White, with songs from Marcus Miller, E.U., the late Phyllis Hyman, Kenny Barron, Pieces of Dream and Terence Blanchard, that Khari found so compelling. The fusion of jazz, pop, R&B and “downtown Atlanta soul” was a revelation for him. Atlanta provided Khari yet a new place to call home. He attended historic Morehouse College and earned a BA in Music Composition and Theory. After graduating, Khari aligned with some of Atlanta’s best musicians and entrepreneurs and formed “The Groovement and Earthseed Music Collective.” Members of Earthseed included India.Aire, Donnie, and Jiva. For two years they put on concerts, children’s workshops and released a successful compilation album that was directly responsible for the national discovery of India.Aire.
Earthseed’s compilation album proved to be a springboard for Khari as well when it caught the attention of New York taste-maker label, Giant Steps Records. They signed Cabral to a record deal and released the international hit “Love Chooses.” Khari’s collaboration with British singer Julie Dexter, Moon Bossa helped launch the rediscovery of “soul bossa,” a style Cabral describes as “Classic Bossa Nova meets Motown.”
When India.Aire was offered the opening act for Sade’s Lover’s Rock tour, she didn’t hesitate to invite Khari to join her on the road. After the three month tour, Khari was asked to become a full-time member of her band. He also made time to tour with Jiva and Russell Gunn in Europe. When he met his true love, he followed his heart once again and moved to Australia to start a family, teach bass and hone his composing and producing chops.
With his newest album, Clementine Sun, Cabral comes full circle. Recorded in Atlanta and mixed in London by friend and mentor, Bluey, Clementine Sun is a fresh fusion of soulful bossa spiked with jazz and retro pop sensibilities and establishes Khari Cabral as “the prince of soul bossa.”
On “Step Into The Light”, his debut album, rich colors mix with driving rhythms to create a sound that is both unique and appealing. Virtuoso musicians grace the album including Terreon Gully (Dianne Reeves, Stefon Harris, Christian McBride), Saunders Sermons (Maxwell, Tedeschi Trucks Band), Joel Powell (Musiq Soulchild, India Aire) and the great Oteil Burbridge who lent his immense talent as a guest artist.
As incredible as the playing is, the true beauty of the album comes from the honesty with which it’s performed. While much modern music is dedicated to technical proficiency on one hand or mass appeal on the other, Nick walks a fine line between both, able to reach any listener of any background and doing it with ability and finesse.
RAFEAL PEREIRA/Percussion - Rafael Pereira, better known as Rafa, grew up in São Paulo, Brazil. He began studying drums and percussion at the age of 12, after being inspired by the contagious sounds of Brazil’s street rhythms, parades and outdoor concerts. Growing up he had many opportunities to study and share the stage with a host of master percussionists and drummers such as Airto Moreira, Naná Vasconcelos, Guello, Marcos Suzano, Alex Acuña, Luis Conte, Little John, Sonny Emory and many others.
With a heavy recording schedule, Rafa has been involved in over 70 albums in the past eight years with artists such as Janelle Monae, Zee Avi, India Arie, Shawn Mullins, Toku (Sony), Sonny Emory, Khari Simmons, Julie Dexter, Cloudeater, Jacques Morelembaum, and many more. Rafa also has a growing portfolio as a record producer and engineer, including two albums for Sasha Lisnichuk, Rua 6, The New Aiyê Project, Latin pop artist Willie Ziavino and Samba songwriter Guilherme Lacerda.
Rafa has been an endorser of Pearl Percussion, Cooperman Frame Drums, and Sabian Cymbals since 2005, which helped him become a percussion clinician to events such as PASIC ( 2005/2007) and many other percussion festivals around the world. Rafael’s performing resume includes the Grammys, SNL, David Letterman and Arsenio Hall with artists such as Janelle Monae, Prince, India Arie, Bruno Mars, B.O.B, Incognito, Donnie, Julie Dexter, Zee Avi, Russel Gunn and many more. He is currently touring with Janelle Monae. Rafa is also busy recording and producing new and upcoming artists, as well as working on his own debut record to be released in 2014.
CHANTAE CANN/Vocals - Hailing from Chicago, IL, Chantae Cann is a phenomenal vocalist that is beautiful on and off the stage. She has performed as a background vocalist for many artists including Leon Timbo, Darlene McCoy, PJ Morton and India.Arie. While working with these artists she has had the amazing chance to travel the world doing what she loves and has been inspired to branch out into her own solo career.
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