Alba's Edge with Neil Pearlman
Groundbreaking progressive Celtic band Alba's Edge will celebrate the release of their debut album Run to Fly at the Phinney Neighborhood Center in Seattle, WA, 7:30pm on Saturday, April 25th, 2015 as part of the Northwest leg of their CD release tour. The product of a brother-sister collaboration between pianist Neil Pearlman and fiddler Lilly Pearlman, Alba's Edge has been rapidly gaining attention for their blend of Celtic music with Jazz, Latin and Funk styles. Over the past few years the quartet has played festivals and concerts around the US and toured Mexico through the US Consulate in Guadalajara as ambassadors of American Celtic music.
To record Run to Fly, the band worked with producer Aidan O'Rourke, the 2014 BBC Folk Musician of the Year, one of Scotland's greatest living fiddle players and a member of the experimental Scottish folk trio Lau ("The UK's best live band" -The Guardian). The first full length release from Alba's Edge, Run to Fly presents their latest original material that has been written and developed over the last year. The music draws on the imagery of sunrise, life cycles and cosmic cycles, inspired by the double meaning inherent in the band's name: the word "Alba" as both Gaelic for "Scotland" and Spanish for "Dawn".
Alba's Edge is made up of Neil Pearlman on piano, Lilly Pearlman on fiddle, Doug Berns on electric bass and Jacob Cole on drums. Neil is an innovative pianist who has received international acclaim for his work blending traditional and modern sounds in Celtic accompaniment ("a tremendous pianist" -BBC Radio Scotland). His piano blends seamlessly with Lilly's fiddle. A recent graduate from Barnard College, Lilly is turning heads as one of the top Scottish/Cape Breton fiddlers of her generation, touring the country with multiple projects and teaching at fiddle music camps such as Maine Fiddle Camp and Alasdair Fraser's Scottish Fiddle & Cello Camp at Ashokan. Holding down the low end, Doug Berns brings a wealth of experience to the table from years of playing Jazz, Funk and Afro-Beat in New York City. Doug is a part of countless projects around the city, most notably the Afro-Beat band Emefe, who are on the rise as a new voice in the genre. Rounding out the rhythm section is Jacob Cole, a versatile drummer from California by way of Puerto Rico. Although he holds a degree in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory of Music, Jacob's varied musical chops find him playing with established groups in a variety of genres ranging from Indie-Rock (Eksi Ekso) to Ska (The Toasters).
Alba's Edge is the product of this wide variety of musical backgrounds. Their music layers fiddle tunes with cycling and building motifs, Jazz improvisation and Latin/Funk grooves to create a momentum that makes each piece a journey, pulling the listener along for the ride. Don't miss this very special chance to celebrate the new album just as it is fully released to the public!
Phinney Center Concert Hall (Brick Building down the hill)
6532 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
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