The Cello Madness Congress: "Winter is Here" Edition @ Ivy Room, Albany [8 December]

The Cello Madness Congress: "Winter is Here" Edition

19:00 - 23:59

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Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave, Albany, California 94706

The Cello MADNESS Congress: «Winter is Here» Edition

The Cello Madness Congress creates spontaneous, improvised, magical musical moments between cellists. The «Winter is Here» Edition will feature Unwoman, StringQuake, Devon McClive and Alicia Greenleaf and CelloJoe. Each artist will have a feature set in addition to improvised songs amongst the cellists.


Doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 8 pm. Arrive early for best seating as it's first come, first serve.
Address: 860 San Pablo Ave Albany, CA
21 and over

Artist bios:
Unwoman (aka Erica Mulkey) is a San Francisco-based solo cellist-singer-songwriter. Her live sets feature stand-up electric cello and the lush textures of live looping.
With timeless songs about love gone wrong and classic covers, Unwoman has been a favorite solo act at major steampunk, goth, and sci-fi-related events all over North America. She received two Steampunk Chronicle Reader's Choice Awards in 2015, for best solo musician and best album.
Unwoman has performed with Amanda Palmer, Voltaire, Abney Park, Rasputina, Stripmall Architecture, and Vernian Process, among many others. She is active on Patreon and has run a dozen successful kickstarter campaigns.


Bay Area trio StringQuake uses unusual instrumentation–electric harp, cello, and percussion–to explore far-flung sounds inspired by Greece, India, Africa, and the Americas. With a penchant for improvisation and unexpected meters, the group boasts a wide-ranging repertoire that runs the gamut from contemplative to vigorous.


Devon McClive and Alicia Greenleaf
Two voices twist and float over the sound of a cello. Devon and Alicia present silly, quirky, heartfelt songs that will be sure to make an audience chuckle and feel sentimental, simultaneously. With the help of a looping pedal for the cello, the music can range from a simple cello-folk song to a richly layered orchestral piece with vocal harmonies to engage the listener.


Cello + beatboxing + vocals + live looping = Cello Joe
Cello Joe plays the cello while beatboxing, looping, and singing. It's Classical Hip Hop. He creates fat beats with a cello and his mouth and he does it live!
His lyrics weave together sustainability, environmental justice, and social awareness. They entertain, inspire, and make you wonder.


Expect mystical moments of musical mayhem. Cellists improvising in ways you've never heard cello before. A bit of background:The Cello Madness Congress is a loose knit group of cellists from around the bay area (90 members strong and growing!) who get together to write a new constitution of what is possible with the violincello or 'cello for short.

We play the instrument said to be most like the human voice and we create spontaneous, improvised, magical musical moments of pure ecstasy (the aural/auditory kind) that astound and amaze the listener's ear.

We can go from a stately, majestic promenade of elf gods to a wild, erratic, frantic frenzy of whirling space gnomes dancing in eternity whilst seducing seahorses and sea cucumbers.Our jams can depict the ephemeral wisps of smoke rising from a funeral pyre to the prismatic rainbow colored fanfare of a three ring circus complete with elephants and clowns.

We also read music arranged for cello. We invite all cellists to come and explore with us.
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