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John Kimsey’s Twisted Roots Quartet | Ovadya
November 18, 2016 | 8:00 pm-10:00 pm$10
John Kimsey‘s original songs twist the roots, drawing on homegrown Southern music styles to map the highways, byways and lowdown dirty ways of contemporary American politics and culture. Singer/guitarist Kimsey is joined in this effort by the Twisted Roots Ensemble: Lia McCoo (vocals, flutes, percussion); Morry Fiddler (keyboards); and Steve Hashimoto (bass). Their unique blend of stylistic fluency, spiky wit and trippy instrumental textures has been described as “Ry Cooder meets Robyn Hitchcock.” The group first came together in 2003 to perform Kimsey’s award-winning song cycle Twisted Roots: Music, Politics and the American Dream Blues, which has been described by Ben Sidran, former host of NPR’s Jazz Alive and score composer of Hoop Dreams as “an ingenious way to blend political and social commentary into a musical architecture.” Meanwhile, DePaul University chaplain Anthony Nicotera has called Twisted Roots “music to inspire the soul and charge your commitment to peace and justice.”
Ovadya has been playing before diverse audiences for over ten years-from opening for Eric Burdon & the Animals to Piamenta (the “Israeli Jimi Hendrix”) & benefits, to clubs, from festivals to synagogues to benefits to intimate coffee houses. Original music, including some uniquely spun Trad Jewish music in a neo-psychedelic, world-influenced rock and acoustic-rock environment. Snippets here and there of Mid East/modal textures. From electric violin, bass, sax, passionate vocals and outrageous drums to some seriously fly guitar. Extremely different, infectious songs.