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Cory Seznec / Baby Gramps
Cory Seznec / Baby Gramps


 
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Friday, September 7th, 2018
8:00pm

Baby Gramps
"The Salvador Dali of Folk Music"

Baby Gramps is an energetic humorously entertaining performer with an endless repertoire. He plays a National Steel guitar, and sings his own unique arrangements of rags, jazz, & blues from the 20's & 30's, and many originals with wordplay, humor, and throat singing.

According to an article in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Baby Gramps is acknowledged as one of the top 50 most influential musicians in the last 100 years.

This past year Baby Gramps was asked to be part of three films. One is a documentary about the history of jugband music, another is an update of the academy award nominated film Streetwise that he performed some music for 30 years ago, and the third is 50 Feet of Film that includes a new original song about the homeless.

Baby Gramps toured Australia, England, and Ireland as part of the Rogues Gallery CD Concert Tour with Tim Robbins (actor), Marianne Faithful, Lou Reed, Martin Carthy, Suzanne Vega, Ralph Steadman, and many other internationally known performers. The Rogues Gallery CD, produced by Johnny Depp and Hal Willner in connection with The Pirates of the Caribbean film, landed Baby Gramps on the David Letterman Show accompanied by Tony Garnier, Bob Dylan’s band leader and bass player.

Cory Seznec

Somewhere between musical wanderer and uncertified ethnomusicologist dwells Cory Seznec and his unique world. A French-American musician based in Paris, Cory began learning fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo during his adolescence in the US. This led to numerous travels and encounters that helped develop his sound. The discovery of African fingerstyle techniques coupled with trips to different African countries changed everything. His style became more and more syncopated, polyrhythmic, and cross-pollinated, and his approach less and less academic.
A founding member of Groanbox and Seznec Bros, Cory also helped create the Sawmill Sessions, an Old-Time and Bluegrass collective in Paris. A resident of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for three and a half years, he was active in two bands MistO-MistO and Damakase, which mix Ethiopian music with other African styles. In July 2016, Cory embarked on a trip with filmmaker Gonzalo Guajardo to Luhya country in western Kenya to make a documentary on some of the few remaining omutibo style guitar players. In October 2016, Cory recorded a video lesson of some of his arrangements of New Orleans-infused fingerstyle guitar for Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop (released early 2017). To date he has released two albums: Beauty In The Dirt (2014) and Backroad Carnival (2017), both of which were greeted with acclaim in the UK and French press. Check out his music blog, Cocoringo’s Circadian Sounds.
: $15.00

 
Friday, September 7th, 2018
8:00pm

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