Leyla McCalla

Leyla McCalla

Beauty World

Thu Mar 23

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12 advance / $15 day of

This event is all ages

Leyla McCalla
Leyla McCalla
Leyla McCalla is a New York-born Haitian-American living in New Orleans, who sings in French, Haitian Creole and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful and witty—it vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive and contemporary.

Leyla's debut album, Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes, was named 2013's Album of the Year by the London Sunday Times and Songlines magazine, and received additional raves from a number of other publications, including the New York Times, Boston Globe and Offbeat, for its haunting mixture of music and message.

Now, having toured extensively in the U.S., Europe and Israel in support of Vari-Colored Songs, Leyla is focusing on her next album. Titled A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey, the album was released in the spring of 2016 by Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi. A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey continues to explore the themes of social justice and pan-African consciousness that marked Vari-Colored Songs, and once again features songs sung in English, French and Haitian Creole. The album also includes guest appearances by legendary guitarist Marc Ribot, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Louis Michot of the Lost Bayou Ramblers, and New Orleans singer-songwriter/guitarist Sarah Quintana.

"It's an exhilarating thing, hearing a musical virtuoso explore her voice's unanticipated potential in all of the ways that Leyla McCalla does." - NPR's "Songs We Love"
Beauty World
Beauty World
Beauty World is the music of Duncan Webster and Leah Gibson. Duncan grew up playing in rock bands, and Leah grew up playing classical cello. Their self-titled EP showcases the distinctive sound they have developed with their differing musical backgrounds, but each song stands out on its own.

Webster and Gibson met in 2010 through their bands at the time - Hammer No More The Fingers and Lost in The Trees. Gibson joined Hammer on stage with her cello at the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, and shortly after, they began writing songs and playing shows independently. Under the name Prypyat, they experimented with different arrangements, acoustic and electronic instruments, recorded songs, and toured the American West in support of their friends, the Bowerbirds. During this time, they also bought and renovated a home, adopted two cats, and traveled to Japan. These collective musical and non-musical experiences helped craft the sounds of Beauty World.

Their debut EP was engineered and produced by Mark Paulson in Raleigh, NC. These five songs reflect on the personal experiences and farout daydreams that the duo has shared in their three years of collaboration. "Beauty World" became available to the world on June 10, 2014.

Associated acts: Lost in the Trees, Bowerbirds, Hammer No More the Fingers, Loamlands