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Northern Roots Presents: Noctambule
May 31, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$15.00
Tickets sales are limited for a special event featuring traditional musicians Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor, performing as Noctambule.
Tickets are $15, available by contacting the BMC at (802) 257-4523, or online at bmc.vt.org. Northern Roots Presents, an outgrowth of the Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival, will offer a series of small “house” concerts featuring visiting traditional musicians primarily from North America and the United Kingdom.
The first of this series, Noctambule, will feature traditional and original music in a variety of forms – compelling musical settings of a broad array of poetry, original instrumental pieces, and traditional Irish tunes and songs. Fibish and Victor’s unique collaboration brings out qualities in both of these seasoned musicians; their music is rendered with lush beauty, sensitivity and humor on an unusual array of strings — various guitars in varied tunings, mandola, mandolin, cittern, tenor guitar — and their blended voices.
The name Noctambule, French for ‘night-owl,’ is from a Robert Service poem about a nocturnal ramble through the back alleys of Paris, which the duo set to music and included on their 2013 CD, Travel in the Shadows. Their newest release, A Sweetish Tune, is Irish traditional music, mixed with a few newer compositions in traditional forms, by them and by others. The album has received early acclaim, and was featured in the November issue of Irish Music Magazine.
In performance, Victor and Fibish take audiences on a journey, mixing traditional Irish tunes with newer tunes composed in the tradition, and they wrap listeners in their beautifully crafted songs, bringing an unusual array of poetry to life with their music and their voices.
Marla Fibish is one of the prominent voices of the mandolin in Irish music. She brings a musicality to the tradition that is not often heard on the instrument. Her 2011 duo recording with Jimmy Crowley, The Morning Star, features all mandolin-family instruments, and she joins with San Francisco musicians Erin Shrader and Richard Mandel to form the energetic trio Three Mile Stone. Marla is also known for her compositions, musical settings of poetry and tunes that have been featured in these recordings and in her early work with vocal trio Out of the Rain. In addition to the mandolin, Marla brings mandola, tenor guitar, accordion, and her alto voice to the Noctambule sound.
Bruce Victor is an eclectic and accomplished guitarist and composer, who plays several different guitars in several different tunings. Seemingly resisting any single musical genre, he has been labeled a ‘poly-stylist’ by one of the editors of Acoustic Guitar magazine. He has played with The Sirens of San Francisco, The Triplicates, and as a solo performer. He was the founder of The Acoustic Vortex, a non-profit musical organization that produced house concerts, mentored youth performers, and performed benefit concerts for other non-profit organizations. He is also a practicing psychiatrist and was a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.