SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Jammin' Divas, a talented singing group with vastly different cultural backgrounds, will present the final performance in the 2013-14 Slippery Rock University Performing Arts Series May 4. The cafe-style show, part of SRU's annual Kaleidoscope Arts Festival, is at 4 p.m., in the University Union's Multi-Purpose Room.
A special 2 p.m. children's participation workshop, with the Jammin' Divas leading hand-clapping jazz and folk songs, is planned for those ages 7 to 11. A discounted price of $10 is available to children and parents attending the workshop and includes admission to the 4 p.m. concert. A parent supervisor is required with each group of children. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
The singing group includes Aoife Clancy, a Grammy nominee with Cherish the Ladies, Nicole Zuraitis, singer and pianist, Kath Buckell, singer and stomp box/percussion player, Hadar Noiberg on flute, and Craig Akin on upright bass.
The group provides renditions of traditional and contemporary original folk music, incorporating elements of improvisation from each of their cultures.
The Divas offer a strong educational component through their music that is not only embodied through song with beautiful blend of harmonies but also through storytelling. Their music studies the history of how their various cultures came together and influenced one another, said Deborah Baker, director of special events at SRU.
Clancy, a native of Ireland, is a daughter of Bobby Clancy, best known for his work with the Clancy Brothers. She joined the group Cherish the Ladies in 1995. She has been a featured soloist with orchestras, including the Boston and Cincinnati pops. She has performed on seven recordings that have established her as a leader in Irish and contemporary folk music.
Zuraitis, an American-born singer and songwriter, has what many have called a "huge voice." She has opened for jazz legend Dave Brubeck, as well as The Platters, and shared the stage with Jane Monheit in "Jane Monheit and the Ladies of Jazz." She brings a mixture of jazz, pop, rhythm and blues, and indie fusion to her performances.
Buckell, an Australian native, is described as "a rising folk/rock artist who has received rave reviews on her new album 'Faces Do Not Change.'" She won honorable mention at the Mid Atlantic Song Contest for her "Orphaned By The Color Of My Skin" and is now working on a project that puts original music to traditional Australian poetry.
Noiberg, the group's flutist, is from Israel and brings the diverse cultures of the Israeli melting pot, including Middle Eastern, Eastern European, Yemenite and Moroccan to the group's musical flavors. Since arriving in New York City, she has been one of the leading players in the Cuban scene and jazz scenes, showcasing at Blue Note, Dizzy's Club, Central Park Summer Stage, WOMEX, Iridium Jazz Standard, Merkin Hall and Lincoln Center, among others.
Akin provides the group's upright and electric bass instrumentation. He has performed with emerging pop and indie songwriters as well as legendary jazz artists. Akin studied under the legendary Miles Davis' bassist Ron Carter for two years.
For additional details on the group, visit: www.thejammindivas.com.
Tickets to the show are $20 for the general public; $18 for senior citizens; $16 for youth (those age 17 and under); and $8 for SRU students. Call 724.738.2018 for reservations.
AVI will offer an array of wraps, trail mix, cookies, fruit cups, vegie plates, salads and an assortment of beverages for purchase during the performance.
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