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Maine's Neil Pearlman brings Alba's Edgy to play Nov. 3 concert at Skye Theatre [Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME)]

October 25, 2013


SOUTH CARTHAGE -- New England Celtic Arts in collaboration with Crossroads Celtic Festival will present Alba's Edge at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center. A pre-show jam will start at 1:15 p.m.

Alba's Edge is a tapestry of cultures: the expressive melodies of Scottish fiddle music are woven together with jazz improvisation and harmony, funk bass lines and the rhythms of Latin America to form a cohesive and singular musical experience.

Pianist and bandleader Neil Pearlman was raised in a family deeply rooted in Scottish music and dance, and has studied jazz piano extensively growing up and further expanded his musical horizons into Brazilian, Afro-Colombian and Cuban music while studying in New York.

Pearlman's sister, fiddler Lilly Pearlman has had a similar artistic journey, growing up with Scottish culture and falling in love with the dance and music of Brazil, Cuba and beyond.

Neil and Lilly joined forces to create Alba's Edge. The band is rounded out by drummer/percussionist Jacob Cole, a recent graduate of the NEC Jazz program, and bassist Doug Berns, a well-respected player on the NYC music scene and longtime musical colleague of Neil.

Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive. Ticket price is $15 at the door. For reservations, call 207-562-4445.

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