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October 7, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
THE AMERICAN ROOTS SERIES AT THE LINDA PRESENTS: KAIA KATER
Hosted by songwriter, roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck.
Few are more conscious and intentional in their journey through Appalachian histories and musical treasures than Kaia Kater. Born in Quebec of mixed Afro-Caribbean ancestry, she now resides in Toronto and spends extensive time in West Virginia, where she studies balladry and traditional dance. As an original songwriter, she works to incorporate her perspective as one of the few people of color in roots music into the complex racial history of the traditions themselves. Her music combines beautifully subtle old-time banjo with soft sensibilities, mixing elements of both Canadian and American historical traditions with a decidedly modern sound. Even now, preparing for the upcoming release of her second album, Nine Pin (Spring 2016, Kingswood Records), she is high on the mountains, traveling deep into the wilderness of the past. Kaia Kater is lauded for being one of the youngest performers in the roots scene, and at 22 years old, there’s not much arguing her progeny. But what’s special is that she’s blowing up the roots music scene in spite of her age, not because of it.
Roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck is a respected songwriter; a nationally exhibited painter; and an award-winning cultural critic and freelance writer. He is also a member of Ramblin Jug Stompers, Lost Radio Rounders, Berkshire Ramblers and the Frank Jaklitsch Trio.
“Somewhere between lovelorn cowpoke and sardonic folkster is nose-pierced Albany NY dad Michael Eck, whose sharp lyrics and quick-witted guitar reflect all over like a broken mirror and shine with liberation like a tossed-aside wedding ring.” Natasha Stovall, The Village Voice
The American Roots Series at The Linda presents programs showcasing this intimate and tradition-rich musical phenomenon, and is made possible by the support of the New York Council on The Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.