Friday, August 17th at 8:30 pm
Two top musicians for one fine evening. Expect some fired-up collaborative playing and jamming!
As a member of Rusted Root, the multi-platinum selling, world music-influenced rock band, Colter Harper is a guitarist, percussionist and vocalist. He recorded on the band’s latest album, Stereo Rodeo, and continues to perform with Rusted Root nationally.
Colter Harper is also a doctor of ethnomusicology and a photographer from upstate New York, and now based in Pittsburgh. Colter has performed and studied with a number of musical luminaries, including guitarist Jimmy Ponder, bassist Lindsey Horner, drummer Roger Humphries, bassist Dwayne Dolphin, trumpeter Sean Jones, guitarist Joe Negri, vocalist Kenia, bassist Tony Grey, and percussionist Jim Dispirito.
Colter’s own style of performing and composing owes a great debt to Pittsburgh’s music community, as well as to his experiences traveling, performing, and studying in West Africa, Brazil, and Europe. In his own intimate concerts, Colter plays Jazz, World, and other kinds of music, both on his guitar and on the delicate Spanish lute. Also called a laud, his instrument is tuned as a 12-string guitar, but several tones higher.
Percussionist Steve Bloom has played professionally in thousands of performances and recordings in Middle Eastern and Persian, Cuban, Latin, Brazilian, Sephardic, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, New Age, and Celtic styles and with such artists as Tito Puente, King Sunny Ade’, Andy Gonzales, and Babatunde Olatunji, guitarist Dennis Cahill, pianist Gregg Karukas, flutists Paul Horn and Nestor Torres, and bassists Andy Gonzales and Michael Manring.
Steve has apprenticed and recorded with several Cuban masters, the Senegalese Griot Djimo Kouyate, and the Nigerian legend Babatunde Olatunji. He is trained in the Oral Tradition in Afro-Cuban song, bata and conga drumming, Cantos, and other sacred Afro-Cuban traditions with some of Cuba’s premier folkloric masters and ensembles, and he’s received formal initiation as a ceremonial drummer in Havana. He is also trained in Middle Eastern, Arabic, and Persian drumming traditions, and has served as a prime apprentice of three Sufi master drummers.
Bloom now co-directs the SAMA Ensemble, and he directs Havana Select, the DC-based Cuban folkloric ensemble.