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Saturday, June 29, 2013

$16 in advance /$18 day of show
Doors open at 7:30pm

Twin City progressive classical/jazz quartet Jelloslave occupies a unique place in the local music scene. Jelloslave is too obscenely talented to create anything but creative, forward-thinking orchestrations. So it makes sense that those who are bound to enjoy Jelloslave’s music are the ones who have an appreciation for that sort of thing. People who have taken music theory classes. People who listen for polyrhythms instead of the hook.

An ensemble pairing cellos with drums, including tablas used in Sikh devotions, will bring its eclectic, explorative music to Crossings.

The collective diversity of members’ individual influences fuels the Jelloslave sound, which draws from the European classical tradition reflected in the cellos, the Hindustani classical rhythms of the tablas, and a continuum of international drumming styles.

Underlying their music is a consciousness of the evolving role and sonic possibilities of the relatively ancient and culturally specific instruments they play. The musicians merge their foundational training with modern extended techniques and their classical education with sonic experimentation and outstanding grooves, resulting in an extraordinary and compelling soundscape.

In addition to the compositions of cellists Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney, Jelloslave’s eclectic repertoire includes works by JS Bach, Manuel de Falla, tangos by Astor Piazzolla, and songs by George Harrison, Leonard Cohen and Led Zeppelin.

Drummer Greg Schutte has recorded, performed and toured nationally and internationally with many artists, spanning multiple musical genres. Gary Waryan has studied and played tablas for over 30 years. His focus is on the lighter folk rhythms of India.

The quartet formed in 2003 and has performed at several major Twin Cities festivals and produced two full-length recordings.

This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State's arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.