CyberTrad is a musical experiment that combines melodic sensibilities from traditional Irish and Breton music, and blends them with rhythmic elements of contemporary Quebecois, funk, and Hip Hop. The project features Matthew Olwell on flute, vocals, and percussion, Dominic "Shodekeh ? Talifero on human Beatbox, and Aimee Curl on vocals. Original compositions and arrangements by Matthew Olwell make CyberTrad both familiar and intriguing.
Matthew Olwell has been performing and teaching at festivals and theaters across North America and Europe since 1996. He grew up in a family of wooden flute instrument-makers, immersed in a world of music, dance, and theatre, and performed for nine years with the Maryland-based Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble. A co-founder of Good Foot Dance Company, Matthew is a multimedia artist who ascribes to his grandfather's definition of a dilettante: "one who delights in many things. ?
You could call Shodekeh (a.k.a. Dominic Earle Shodekeh Talifero) a beatboxer or a vocal percussionist, if you want to feel a little more refined about it. But what the Baltimore-based musician seems to be more than anything is a chameleon, breathing out entire rhythm and bass tracks and blending them into a borderless range of performance situations. Shodekeh has moved from Beatboxing's Hip Hop roots to explore innovative collaborations with a wide range of traditional artists, including Tuvan Throat Singing, Lithuanian Folk Music, Experimental, Funk, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Ballet & various forms & techniques of Modern Dance.
Singer Aimee Curl grew up singing in church and with her family. In her early teens, she learned the lap dulcimer and joined her first band. She met other musicians, started singing more, and began experimenting with other instruments such as guitar, fiddle, and bass. She left home and spent the next ten years playing the electric bass and touring the country with a band named ThaMuseMeant before studying at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC where she picked up the upright bass fiddle. As a singer, she has a most distinctive voice with emotion and sincerity that makes even the most hardened listener soften and swoon.
At the Seeker's Church, 276 Carroll St NW (known as Carroll Avenue in Maryland), just opposite the Takoma station on Metro's Red Line. (On the opposite side of Carroll St. from the Metro and the 7-11.). Ample free weekend parking available in the Takoma Metro lot.