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LATIN NIGHTS with LA MOSCA
February 16 @ 10:00 pm - 1:00 am
Debuting in Aug 2016, La Mosca have received significant buzz across Western Canada, attracting large and enthusiastic audiences. Bassist Marvin Kee (aka ‘the fly’) had been touring across Canada and the USA since 2000 with his previous latin ensemble based out of Calgary, Los Morenos. Since having left the group in 2016, he has joined forces with guitar virtuoso Manuel Jara, a Juno recipient who composed and performed with Juno Award winner Oscar Lopez and his own band Manjar. They pieced a band together with flamenco guitar player David Matyas (12 Musas Flamenco Ensemble/Salero Calo) and drummer Brent Van Dusen (Conundrum/Youssou Seck) to form LA MOSCA.
La Mosca’s sound is not easily categorised or defined. Their influences vary to the likes of Paco De Lucia, Rodrigo Y Gabriel, Funkadelic and Earth Wind and Fire. The result upon hearing them however is without peer.
They sound like La Mosca.
Not funk…under-funk. Not soul…every-soul. Jazzm. Gypsick. Flamencool.
Journey and arrival. Jarrival. Desire and satisfaction. Satis-fire.
La Mosca are best described as ‘Spanish erotica laid on a bed of groove’.
XAM EITSIRHC (phonetically pronounced as “SK-am” “ITE-sir-IK”) was born in a 19th century prose-dello, from the loins of verse, amidst great paean & hence suckled straight from the teat of literal & figurative literary polyglots. Schooled upon the hard streets of balladry, Xam prepared for the poet’s life to take him where she willed him, with a harmonica in one pocket & a plume in the other. He is a poet and spoken word artist based out of Calgary. An aboriginal artist, of Metis decent/ancestry who has been performing for the last 20 years locally, nationally & internationally. He has completed two albums containing his own particular “bent” form of autobiographical poetry with “soundscapes” and with musical accompaniment with artists such as “the fly” and David Matyas. His sound has been described as “experimental/avant garde/alternative” with a bluesy base (1920’s Mississippi Delta Blues) and mixed with a 1970’s underground of Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart, Muddy Waters and William S. Burroughs. His poetry has been published in many a magazine & book anthology including Dark Parlour Magazine, WAX MAG, Unbound Morpheum (book) and Deleterion (book).
ALEKSANDRA DANICIC started violin studies at 7 in Germany and continues since. Her music career is built on teaching and freelance playing. She expanded playing styles to reflect her love of many genres and improvisation. Classical music is a deep passion, a violin’s versatility led her to collaborate with (record for) various artists/bands such as Ethan Collister, Tone Indbryn, Toni Vere, Notas de 4, Jay Bowcott, Amy Bishop, Tom Phillips, Ralph Boyd Johnson, snake oil poet Xam Eitsirhc, Orit Shimoni,Rev Frank Band, Amy Thiessen, Curtis Glas, Laurie Anne Fuhr, Todd Maduke, Ruth Purves Smith, Mariel Buckley, Liz Stevens and others. She joined L.A.’s Tremoloco on their 2017 Canadian tour. She performs in Calgary’s favorite music venues, other stages include festivals at North Country Fair, South Country Fair, Pembina River Nights, Frog Fest, Spaghetti Western and Expo Latino. She is a founding member of two current groups, Alchemy Rose Trio and an arts collective Precious Bohemians.
CHRISTINE WILLIAMS received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Victoria where she studied with Pam Highbough of the “LaFayette String Quartet”. She has also studied with John Kadz through the Mount Royal Academy Program for Gifted Youth and has performed throughout the world with the “Calgary Fiddlers” and the “Calgary Youth Orchestra”. She also performed at the 1988 Winter Olympics with artists such as k.d. lang and David Foster. Now settled in Calgary, Christine performs locally at events such as the “Gas and Oil EXPO North America” and the “Global Petroleum Show”.