World Renowned Cellist
Performing Live at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts
Saturday, May 11, 7 p.m.
Doors: 6 p.m. for TLCA Members; 6:15 p.m. for Non-Members
Advance Tickets: TLCA Members $15; Non-Members $18.
Day of Show Tickets: TLCA Members $17; Non-Members $20
“Calling Rufus Cappadocia a cello player is like calling Willie Mays an outfielder. Mingus would be proud of him. Cappadocia destroys any preconceptions you may have about cello as a classical instrument. He plays by his own rules and envelopes you with his own unique sound and style.” — AMAZON.COM
Cappadocia plays a five-string cello and an eight-string quartertone guitar, both of his own design. He performs regularly with the Bethany and Rufus Roots Quartet (USA / Niger / Haiti); Bonga Jean-Baptiste’s Vodou Drums of Haiti (Haiti); Peter, Bethany & Rufus (USA); Ilham featuring Gaida Hinawi (Syria); Vishal Vaid Ghazal Ensemble (India); Paradox Trio (USA / Macedonia); and Stellamara (USA); as well as his Unaccompanied Solo Performances.
“I’ve studied a lot of different musical vocabularies,” Rufus Cappadocia explains. “And I’ve played with musicians literally from around the world. But, in the end, music all comes down to a single source. You can be pulled this way or that, but essentially it all converges on the same location. Every doorway leads back to one place.” He pauses before adding with a laugh, “I guess you could say my whole life has been an attempt at getting to that place.” Meet cellist Rufus Cappadocia, a multi-lingual musician, performer, composer and recording artist of incredible range and diversity. From the modalities of Middle Eastern, West African and pan-European folk forms to blues, rock and jazz along the way, adding elements American roots, Mediterranean textures, and Caribbean percussion for good measure, Cappadocia’s effortless and natural embrace of all music is awe-inspiring.
After living and performing throughout Europe, Cappadocia relocated to New York where he set up a more or less permanent base, intent, in his words, “on playing with as many different musicians as I could. If my travels had taught me anything, it was the value of playing with other artists.” In short order Cappadocia joined the multi-faceted jazz ensemble, The Paradox Trio, though the nomadic artist was embraced by virtually every artist and musical community he sought out, including such widely assorted musicians as Celtic pioneer Seamus Eagan and master Haitian drummer “Bonga” Jean-Baptiste with the Vodou Drums of Haiti; musical polymath Ross Daly, who was instrumental in introducing Cappadocia to Middle Eastern and Balkan music; Vishal Vaid, a virtuoso Indian Ghazal vocalist and guitarist David Fiuczynski, with whom he formed the Eastern Modal fusion group, Kif.
Add to this list such marquee names as Aretha Franklin, Odetta, Cheick Tidiane Seck, and Vernon Reid, former guitarist of Living Color – all of whom Cappadocia has worked with – and his reputation as a world-class artist with a world-spanning musical reach makes perfect sense. And, like that list, it’s a reputation that continues to grow as the cellist forges new alliances in the most unlikely musical domains.
Which, in the final analysis, is the whole point. “I look back on everything I’ve been doing for the last twenty years,” Cappadocia concludes, “and can see the way it’s all linked and how it circles back to the beginning. With Songs For Cello, I’ve returned to solo performance again. It’s all live, with an emphasis on the intuitive. Those are the things I’ve learned how to do through all my explorations and collaborations. Even as I’ve incorporated these experiences, it brings me back to the basics and it’s the same with the music. Eastern modal traditions; Hendrix riffs; the blues and folk music; it’s all one source that you keep tapping into in different ways.”
It’s a lifelong quest that had made Rufus Cappadocia a master of music’s universal language, in all its astounding diversity.
“Stunning.” (Goldmine Magazine) “Remarkable.” (Jazz Times) “The real deal.” (allmusic.com). “Extraordinary… Brilliant” (ALL ABOUT JAZZ) …..
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