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Amelie Quartet

Louisville Cultural Council Presents: Friday Night Live

  • Date: 03/17/2017 7:30 PM
  • Location: Center for the Arts
    801 Grant Avenue
    Louisville, Colorado 80027
  • Introduction: Meet us at the Louisville Center for the Arts for an evening of French bistro music, including Bohemian Jazz, Parisian Tango, and Gypsy Nouveau.

Amelie Quartet plays World Music ranging from Gypsy Nouveau to Brazilian Bossa to Parisian Tango and maybe a Celtic gig or two. The quartet is comprised of Dave Willey (accordion), Maggie Sallee (violin), Gary Sloan (bass) and Kevin Garry (guitar). 

Multi-instrumentalist Dave Wiley is a Boulder legend. Naropa graduate, recording artist, composer,  arranger and leader of two outrageous bands, Hamster Theatre and Thinking Plague, both featuring Dave’s compositions which reflect a wide musical, geographic and sociological intellect—post-modern fusion. His bands have toured the United States, Europe and Japan. He has released numerous critically-acclaimed CDs, the latest being Carnival Detournement.

Violinist Margarita Sallee holds a Master Degree in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory and has performed as a soloist with Orchestras in Veracruz, Mexico. As a collaborative artist, Margarita Sallee has performed chamber music concerts in Mexico; Boston, MA.; Festival Shizuoka, in Japan, 1991, and Festival Europalia, 1993 in Belgium. Since her arrival to Colorado, Margarita has performed with the Crystal Springs String Quartet, the Avalon Duo, the Boulder Philharmonic, and the Sinfonia of Colorado and is currently performing in the Edith Piaf Revue.

Kevin Garry has placed in national guitar competitions including the Northwest Guitar Festival in Portland and the Classical Guitar Competition in Seattle. He has appeared with Colorado Music Festival, The Mahler Fest, and the Evergreen, WA, and Aurora, CO, orchestras. He is the director of the music program at Front Range Community College, has performed and recorded with Peruvian virtuoso Alfredo Muro and Irish master fiddler Manus McGuire. He performs regularly in the violin-guitar duo Avalon Duo and the Parisian World Music ensemble Amelie Quartet. His most recent recording is ‘Romantic Music from South America,’ a classical guitar duet with Felicity Muench.

Bassist Gary Sloan has giged with most all jazz bands in the metro Denver area. Gary's original music was featured at the NAJS Composer's showcase in 2010 and his quartet nominated for the Northwest Music Awards Best Jazz Group. He has performed with Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, and a wide range rock, funk, and blues bands. In 2014 he finished his MM in Jazz at the UC Boulder. He has  worked with CenterStage musical productions, the Boulder Symphony, and various bluegrass groups. Gary is also active on both slide and valve trombones in a swing/hot jazz groups.  He teaches at the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts and the Summit High School Jazz Workshop. Informed by his perspective as a mulit-instrumentalist, Gary's philosophy as a bassist is simple: the role of a bassist is to support the other instrumentalists in a way that makes them sound better.

Roberta Daria Maldonado has an eclectic musical history that includes singing in several Latin bands in California, performing in Colombia, South America, as well as assisting with the University of Colorado's mariachi program at CU Boulder. She regularly performs with metro-Denver quartet Las Dahlias and has recently formed a new group, Duo Perfecto, featuring a classical vocal repertoire in English, Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese. She is also a member of Tzotzollin, appearing on a newly released recording of sacred songs in Nahuatl, a native Uto-Aztecan language of Mexico. Her multi-lingual contributions to Amelie include tangos, beloved Edit Piaf pieces, Brazilian bossa novas, and gypsy swing. 

Tickets available at the door. $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 youth
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