Fire Museum pres. Sandcatchers & Unseen Rain
Sandcatchers is a Middle Eastern-Americana mash-up that grew from a weekly residency at Cheryl’s Global Soul restaurant in Brooklyn. The quartet—featuring experimental guitarist and composer Yoshie Fruchter (John Zorn’s Tzadik Records); Michael Bates, an accomplished jazz bassist with a punk background; Myk Freedman, a pioneer of modern lap-steel music; and percussionist Tim Keiper (Vieux Farka Toure, Cyro Baptista)—explores the unique combination of the oud, an instrument that goes back centuries to pre-Islamic Persia and Turkey, and the lap steel, a more recent invention with roots in the American South. The musicians bring their varying backgrounds, specialties and improvisational voices together to create a vibrant new sound. – Matthew Oshinsky/Paste
Unseen Rain is an acoustic ensemble comprised of strings, vibraphone and percussion. Recently founded by violinist June Bender, the group’s aesthetic draws from speech patterns, the poems of Rumi, and the music of John Luther Adams, Tin Hat Trio, and Paul Motion among others. Unseen Rain features Alban Bailly (Inzinzac, Oscuro Quintet, Yapp, Mazout), Matt Stein (Belleville Quartet, Illumina, Hoots and Hellmouth), Mike Szekely (Hawk Tubley & The Ozymandians, Reel, Dan Blacksberg Trio, The Scriptors, Several Wolves), Ashley Tini (Duomo) and June Bender (Belleville Quartet, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra).
Admission is FREE; donations appreciated at the door