Michael London, Paul Butler, Hoagy Wing & Larry Cohen
Michael London, vocals, guitar and composition Paul Butler, sax & clarinet, Hoagy Wing, percussion Larry Cohen, bass. To purchase tickets: https://jhom.ticketleap.com/michael-london-and-friends4/ You can also join us online: https://app.promotix.com/.../MICHAEL-LONDON-AND-FRIENDS...
Michael London is a Philadelphia Area musician with a soulful voice and a great touch on acoustic and electric guitars. London is also a passionate interpreter of Rumi’s poetry, the great 13th century Sufi poet. He offers us a musical window into the ecstatic poems, which reveal and make tangible our connection with the self, humanity, nature and beyond. His CD's and original songs, inspired by this mystical poet speak directly to us, and get to the central themes and issues of living with passion and true joy. His musical journey began with singing folk songs and show tunes with his family and he found it brought warmth, connectedness and bonding like nothing else. He was especially inspired singing songs by James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Richie Havens and Marvin Gaye and began to write songs and to develop his own musical voice. An accomplished songwriter, Michael is adept at many guitar styles, has his own recording studio and is a soulful and moving singer. He is also a college Professor by day, and has a PhD in Organizational Behavior and serves on the faculty at Muhlenberg college. "I heard Michael's music for the first time on WXPN (Gene Shay's show) and was blown away by the ways in which he wove the exquisite poetry of Rumi with his own inspired musical creations. Hearing him in concert less than a week later, the intensity of the passion and magic increased 100-fold. Sitting in the audience, surrounded by souls listening with rapt attention, I was moved with a certainty that the poet himself was whispering in Michael's ear throughout the performance. At turns, deeply peaceful and vibrantly energetic. What a gift!" - Edie Weinstein Moser LSW
Passionate performer and devoted teacher Hoagy Wing specializes in Middle Eastern Percussion, Popular Percussion and Rudimental Drumming on Dumbek, Snare Drum, Drum Kit as well as playing and teaching Banjo. Hoagy has more than three decades’ experience as Teacher/Artist in Residence/Visiting Artist to schools, camps and private students in Philadelphia, surrounding counties and beyond. Hoagy has appeared on 30+ recordings; toured 20+ states with various artists; opened for Hall and Oates, Elton John, Maceo Parker; played major venues including Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and Spectrum, NYC’s Bitter End and Cathedral of St. John the Divine; played festivals including SXSW, MusikFest, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Great Blue Heron and Ithaca’s GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance. He has appeared on NBC Today Show, FOX Good Morning Philadelphia, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the soundtrack of PBS/WNET special Remembering Slavery.
Paul Butler embraces numerous styles, including Jazz, Dixieland, Chamber music, and Klezmer. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Mansfield University. He served as US government-sponsored cultural ambassador to the middle east, bringing jazz to multiple countries, including Syria, Morocco, and Tunisia. Paul has over 20 years of teaching experience, as well as extensive performance experience, including performances with Grammy-nominated cellist David Darling.
Larry Cohen's ability as a monster bass player, musical arranger and record producer first earned him public recognition through his work with the highly innovative bluegrass band Tony Trischka and Skyline. During his Skyline tenure, Larry toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan and accompanied many top musicians including Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Jerry Douglas, Mark O’Connor, Peter Rowan, David Bromberg, Vassar Clements and Nanci Griffith. He has since produced albums for Barry Mitterhoff, Jay Ansill, Akira Satake and Mark Cosgrove and enjoys a busy performing and teaching schedule. A joy to watch on stage as well as to listen to, Larry's approach is informed by his comprehensive background in classical, jazz and rock music as well as by his innate musicality.
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