With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Join us for this hilarious season finale.
“Sedaris has hit upon the narrative equivalent of Pepsi, or the PlayStation, or oxygen, or the haircut: something that others in the world might actually want and find useful. . . He’s smart, he’s caustic, he’s mordant, and, somehow, he’s . . . well, nice.” —Bill Richardson, Toronto Globe and Mail
Since they hit the scene in the early nineties, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has reminded the world—it is still cool to swing! With appearances in film, the Super Bowl and some legendary residencies, the band was at the forefront of the swing revival—blending a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and Dixieland—with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. Their high-energy holiday show here in 2011 was sensational!
“Beautiful, spirited, loving, wonderful!” says mentor Bobby McFerrin. This group, formed to bring women musicians together from across the globe to collaborate and create, originate from Japan, Italy, India and Haiti and sing in 17 languages. In addition to McFerrin, they’ve collaborated with Angelique Kidjo, and the Boston Pops Orchestra, touring the world and performing at the Blue Note Jazz Club, Carnegie Hall, TEDxBoston, and the United Nations. Women of the World strives to support and engage in peace building efforts, including local and global movements that help foster unity amidst the rich diversity that surrounds us. Join us for this musical journey across the world!
Tanya Tagaq’s music isn’t like anything you’ve heard before. Unnerving and exquisite, Tagaq’s vocal expression may be rooted in Inuit throat singing but her music has as much to do with electronica, industrial and metal influences as it does with traditional culture. She employs exquisite improvisations with traditional roots—a style she has perfected over a decade of performances on major stages worldwide—as well as through collaborations with Björk, Mike Patton and the Kronos Quartet. Tagaq, along with percussionist Jean Martin and violinist Jesse Zubot, performs a live accompaniment, reclaiming the controversial film Nanook of the North. An experience guaranteed to change your life.
This long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group is celebrating 30 years performing and enjoys constant demand worldwide, as their reputation and admiration from both fans and critics increases. As women, in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene, they have celebrated their continued success as extraordinary musicians and performers. They are back in Fairbanks, this time bringing their Celtic Christmas show to town. Hear the Ladies put their signature mark on classic carols in arrangements that highlight the group’s unique Celtic instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and spectacular step dancing.
“Passionate, tender and rambunctious,” says the New York Times. “It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says The Boston Globe. We are looking forward to celebrating the holidays with our Celtic music fans!
What is The Intergalactic Nemesis? It’s an adventure story set in the 1930s and for the kid in everyone. It’s over 1,000 hand-drawn comic book images blasted across a giant screen. It’s three actors, creating a hundred characters, a live Foley artist creating sound effects, while a pianist performs the score—and it’s all performed live! It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen. And it’s back in Fairbanks with a Brand New Story!
Versa-Style is a dance ensemble of young, committed and conscientious artists on a mission to represent the diversity and beautiful complexity of their urban roots and to bring people together through dance. They aim to instill the roots, history, and social and political issues surrounding the art of their generation, while creating highly energetic dances that are culturally significant to their community. Fusing a variety of dance styles, from Hip Hop to Afro-Latin, House, Popping and Locking, to Salsa and Merengue, this high energy, award-winning company is sure to please.
Since the group's inception in late 2007, the Portland Cello Project—or PCP, as their fans affectionately call them—has wowed audiences all over the country with extravagant performances, everywhere from Prairie Home Companion, to that punk rock club in the part of town your grandma warns you not to go to after dark. The group has built a reputation mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they perform. While here they’ll create an original work about Breakup, record a CD—and perform its world premiere. How cool is that!?
This acoustic jazz ensemble has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Come see these rising stars.
In a realm where poets rarely intersect with stardom, the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics introduced us to Shane Koyczan. An internationally recognized author and spoken word artist, Shane has emerged as a creator of poetry that dares to belong to the people and speak directly to them in their own voice. He is not only a writer, but a multi-platform spoken word virtuoso. And we’re welcoming him to Fairbanks in April—National Poetry Month. This dynamic artist will leave you screaming for more!