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A Bit of the Bubbly: Aby Wolf's 'Champagne Confetti' at CLC

Minneapolis vocalist Aby Wolf will perform “Champagne Confetti” Nov. 1 with a multi-piece ensemble includings strings and percussion as part of the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center 2018-19 season of events. Submitted Photo

Renowned Twin Cities musician/vocalist Aby Wolf will perform her musical show, "Champagne Confetti," at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 on the the Chalberg Theatre stage at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

The concert, presented by the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center's Cultural Arts Series, will feature 11 musicians and will cap a week of community outreach taking the ensemble to area high schools, education centers and other venues.

In a news release, Series Producer Patrick Spradlin described the show as a stunning blend of electro-acoustic works for strings, voices, percussion and electronics.

"This is really cutting-edge music, performed by some incredibly talented artists," he stated. "You won't see or hear anything quite like this in this area, which is why I'm excited to bring them here."

Through a creative process based in improvisation, and the resulting atypical song structures,

"Champagne Confetti" is a practice in embracing uncertainty, the news release stated. It blurs the lines between ambient neo-minimalism, chamber music, and electro-R&B and is inspired by the imminent universal need to find footing in an unstable world.

Aby Wolf is a vocalist and composer. She frequently collaborates with professional artists across the genres of hip hop, R&B, electronic, rock, folk, jazz, and experimental music. She has worked and collaborated with artists such as Dessa, The New Standards, Mos Def, Ani Difranco, Macklemore and the Minnesota Orchestra, and released four stylistically diverse solo albums to critical acclaim. As a solo artist she has extensively toured throughout the US, as well as in the U.K, Ireland, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany and regularly performs at Twin Cities venues, such as the Walker Art Center, Fitzgerald Theater, Minnesota Orchestra and First Ave. She was named "Best Female Vocalist" and "Artist of the Year" by City Pages.

Additionally, she has served as vocal director for many productions, most recently, "Dessa with the Minnesota Orchestra" and frequently offers workshops and other educational programs with

institutions such as McNally-Smith College of Music, the Institute for Production and Recording and Free Arts Minnesota among others. She has been awarded Artist Initiative and Arts on Tour grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and she has been recognized for excellence by the American Composers Forum, and has received commissions from the Cedar Cultural Center as well as the Prairie Fire Lady Choir.

"Champagne Confetti" features the vocals of Aby Wolf, Amy Hager, Jacob Mullis and Linnea Mohn. Sara Pajunen and Zosha Warpeha are featured on violin, with cellist Jonathan Kaiser, Ted Olsen on bass, pianist Eric Mayson and percussion provided by Joey Van Phillips and Heather Barringer.

Tickets are available from the CLC Theatre Box Office at 218-855-8199, or online at www.clcperformingarts.com.

The show is sponsored by the Graphic Design Program of Central Lakes College. The entire season, and this activity, are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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