@ the Musco American Patchwork Quartet Living Room Concert and Q&A. Reclaiming the Immigrant Soul of American Roots Music. Wednesday, April 21, 7p.m. Chapman University College of Performing Arts. Four musicians, three standing and one sitting, with instruments.

Musco Center Presents:
American Patchwork Quartet

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. PDT

Join the four distinct voices of American Patchwork Quartet (APQ) as they breathe new life into centuries-old American songs. Vocalist Falu Shah, guitarist and vocalist Clay Ross, drummer Clarence Penn, and bassist Yasushi Nakamura reimagine traditional American folk songs through the lens of four U.S. citizens with different cultural backgrounds, highlighting patterns and sparking conversations around race and immigration. APQ is musical storytelling at its finest, compelling audiences to reflect on the ways in which we are all different and the ways in which we are the same, regardless of borders, cultures or colors. 

About the Artists

Described by Vogue as “a rare brand of timeless elegance and avant-garde charm,” Falguni Shah, known as Falu, is a GRAMMY nominated, internationally recognized vocal artist trained in Jaipur in Bombay, India. Since moving to the United States in 2000, she has been able to beautifully and powerfully blend modern Western styles with classical Indian musical traditions. 

Clay Ross is a Grammy Award-winning guitarist, vocalist and composer. The Wall Street Journal praised him as “a very deft guitarist with a rich vocabulary of folk, blues, and jazz at his disposal.” Ross was exposed to jazz and bluegrass music while growing up in South Carolina and was introduced to Latin styles of music, such as Brazilian chorinho, when he moved to New York in 2002. This would later inform his signature blending of musical genres. 

Clarence Penn is a three-time Grammy Award-winning drummer, composer, producer and educator who works both as an in-demand collaborator and a leader of his own ensembles. With keen interpretations on global styles, he is a sought after and “inexhaustibly creative” drummer around the world (New York Times).

Called “one of the most commanding voices on bass today” by Jazz-Blues.com, bassist Yasushi Nakamura is known around the world for his imaginative melodies and solid blues foundation. Nakamura was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to the United States as a child. He learned clarinet, tenor saxophone, and bass growing up and was inspired by rock, funk, and jazz musicians such as Charlie Parker, Ray Brown, and Miles Davis. 

Artist, date, time, and program subject to change.



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