Monday, April 4, 2016 - 8:00pm
Saturday, April 4
Acclaimed trio Brian Kay, Niccolo Seligmann, and Daniel Raney bring their vivacious, exciting music to the War Memorial's Assembly Hall for an evening of Middle-Eastern tinged revelry.
Brian Kay is a modern-day troubadour. As an acclaimed singer and multi-instrumentalist, Brian has performed throughout the United States and beyond. He is a songwriter and an arranger of ancient songs, he specializes in plucked instruments and percussion, and he is a poet and visual artist. During the 2014 season, Brian appeared in major US cities such as Boston, Cleveland, Houston, Tulsa, Washington DC, and New York.
Brian has been featured at distinguished venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Shriver Hall, and The Boston Early Music Festival. His live radio appearances include NPR, Baltimore's WYPR, Baltimore's 98ROCK, Boston's WGBH, and Cleveland's WCLV. His debut album Ocean was released in 2013, and his newest album Three Ravens in 2015. He performs with Apollo's Fire, Ayreheart, Hesperus, The Broken Consort, The Peabody Consort, and is a founding member of the early music improvisation group Divisio.
You can hear Niccolo Seligmann playing a lot of different music, from Bulgarian dances set to beatbox, to virtuoso Baroque viola da gamba music, to French love songs from the Middle Ages. “Hey, what tunes can you teach me?” might be the first thing you hear him say if he catches you with an instrument.
Niccolo is a core member of The Broken Consort, a group dedicated to “Early music turned early magic” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). In 2011 he and Brian Kay founded the folk, world, medieval (and occasionally metal) group Divisio, hailed for its "intricate improvisational rhythms." Keep an eye out for their upcoming CD! He also performs medieval music with the ensembles Hesperus, Eya, and Alkemie, and Renaissance and Baroque music with The Peabody Consort, Peabody Renaissance Ensemble, Baltimore Baroque Band, and Peabody Consort of Viols.
Having grown up in Austin, Texas, a culture built around music and art, Daniel Raney has built his life around performing as a percussionist. He has performed with many orchestras, including the Austin Symphony, the Peabody Concert Orchestra, and the Occasional Symphony. He has driven jazz groups and funk/rock ensembles, given countless solo performances, and has become a reliable and sought after musician due to the versatility of his playing.
Daniel studied as an orchestral percussionist in his first three years of playing, beginning in 2005 at the age of 11. Since then, he has studied with percussion teachers from the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute, Cleveland State University, Michigan State University, University of Texas, Baylor University, and other schools all around the United States. Currently, he is earning a degree in percussion performance, as well as a degree in audio engineering, at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Now, Daniel Raney is frequently hired as a percussionist to drive a vast array of music genres, including early music, jazz, classical, and contemporary styles.