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Saturday, March 19 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
The Just Desserts

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As “curators of delightful musical delicacies from every corner of the globe,” The Just Desserts explore repertoire and rhythms from dozens of different countries, reinterpreting and sometimes re-envisioning any music that catches their attention. Centered around the unique pairing of accordion and cello, the band's always-evolving, deeply original sound includes elements of Latin, Balkan, tango, Americana, pan-European, western classical, Indian, Klezmer, jazz, blues, pop, and Arabic music. The September 2010 release of “La Valentina” represents The Just Desserts' third and most ambitious recording project to date. Cross-continental collaborations between 16 musicians in Quito, Ecuador and Austin, Texas are followed by brass-heavy Balkan tunes learned from traditional musicians from Moldova, experimental revisions of well-known North-American songs, and a cover of a little-known George Harrison Indian composition. Through a sophisticated and fun framing and blending of the essence of each individual musical tradition, the universality and diversity of the world's greatest music is made profoundly accessible to diverse audiences the world over. Formed in 2006, The Just Desserts make no apologies for their re-contextualization of the source material they draw from. To the contrary, the proposition that all music is alive, collectively shared, and constantly evolving presents the band and their audience with the opportunity to hear old things in new ways, and to celebrate rich traditions in an authentically connected global context. In addition to their classical training, Lisa's 15 years as a music therapist and Michael's 10 years as a music educator, songwriter, performer, cellist and producer laid the groundwork for The Just Desserts' mission statement: "To encourage exploration, expression, and inclusion through music and culture in the global community." Together their collective skills, experience and passion for the power of music as art and as a tool for bringing people together have led them to stages and spaces in eight countries. In addition to their dynamic performances and multi-media collaborations in Ecuador, Catalunya, Spain, Italy, France, Denmark, Canada, and the United States, Michael, Lisa, and their collaborators can also be found facilitating interactive educational outreach and therapeutic programs in universities, schools, hospitals, prisons, and in arts and community organizations, both in English and in Spanish. The band has also collaborated extensively with dancers, choreographers, puppeteers, filmakers and theater groups.
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As “curators of delightful musical delicacies from every corner of the globe,” The Just Desserts explore repertoire and rhythms from dozens of different countries, reinterpreting and sometimes re-envisioning any music that catches their attention. Centered around the unique pairing... Read More →



Saturday March 19, 2011 8:00pm - 9:00pm
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