New World/Folk/Roots group The Bethany and Rufus Roots Quartet will be performing songs from their live 12 track CD “Live A Fip” at the New York’s Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, one of New York City’s most celebrated and in-demand showcase venues for live music and performance. The Roots Quartet includes the duo Bethany and Rufus (Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia), along with Fulani flutist Yacouba “Denke Denke” and Afro Haitian drummer Ã¢â‚¬ËœBongaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Jean-Baptiste. “Live A Fip” was released in Europe on October 22nd as a co- production with Radio France and Daqui Records.
Bethany And Rufus Roots Quartet @ Joe’s Pub
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
425 Lafayette Street, NY
between East 4th and Astor Place
One reviewer describes “Live A Fip,” as “like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Styles from everywhere and anywhere come together seamlessly. One hears distinctly Afro-Cuban rhythms pop under driving bass lines, folksy lyrics and screaming flute. “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” is particularly characteristic of this mixing and meshing. The cello is inescapably funky, the bongos complexify the rhythms, the flute line seethes with fiery reverberance, and Bethany’s vocals lament the world in a way that only American folk music can.”
Bethany as the daughter of legendary 60’s Folk singer Peter Yarrow (Peter , Paul & Mary) draws from the many songs that her father collected as part of the seminal folk movement of the 60s. Yacouba has dug deeply into the folkloric Hausa, Djerma, Peul and Songhai traditions of Niger and Bonga is the descendant of a very rich lineage of Vodou ceremonial drumming and song. Bonga has also traveled extensively through Haiti collecting and learning the different manifestations of Haitian song and folklore. Rufus has taken the cello into previously unknown realms and is noted for his collaborations in African, Arabic, and American music forms and also has a solo CD Songs for Cello on the Daqui label. Individually all of the members of the group have been instrumental in expanding the role of traditional forms in their respective musics. It is with this background that they have come together to create a sound that although based around the song forms of American traditional music reaches back to a common root that has inspired everyone involved.
To request mp3 tracks for review as well as interview requests, contact:
Eric de Fontenay