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San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
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There are plenty of talented artists out there, but what sets Jean Rohe apart are the suppleness of her voice, the integrity of her vision, and the grace she shows in her wide-ranging journeys across the musical landscape. - John Platt, WFUV New York
There seems to be little limit for what Skye Steele, the young violinist, can do throughout the local musical landscape. - All About Jazz NY
Jean Rohe is a multi-lingual singer, storyteller, and composer, mixing aesthetic approaches from jazz, folk, and Brazilian traditions. Her one-of-a-kind narrative songs, which range from fantastical riffs on old folktales to autobiographical sojourns, to “phonojournalism”, a genre of her own invention, have won recognition from the ASCAP Foundation and the New York Songwriters Circle, and her refreshingly candid performance won her the audience prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival. “A sure-footed young singer-songwriter,” in the words of The New York Times, she has performed with the Billboard-charting alt-country group Calexico, appears regularly on New York Public Radio, and has toured her projects throughout the U.S. and as far as Havana's Teatro Nacional. As a fellow at the MacDowell Colony last year, she began work on a new group of songs for a performance memoir about her grandmother and namesake.
When Skye Steele was three years old, his grandma asked him to sing the Star-Spangled Banner for a luncheon of the United Methodist Ladies of Paris, Tennessee. He doesn’t actually remember the gig, but she insists he nailed it. Of course, we all know how grandmother’s lie.
That same year his mother began teaching him how to play the violin, and about fourteen years later, Skye moved from California to New York City to pursue a Nobel Prize in Literature. He soon found the profession of music to be a necessary and viable interim occupation and spent the next decade honing a personal improvisatory language on the violin, an adventure which lead him to a Jazz Performance degree from The New School and later on trips from the backstreets of Istanbul to the mangroves of Brazil and back to Brooklyn. In 2005 he formed the Skye Steele Quintet to synthesize these experiences into a performing ensemble. The band’s first recording ‘late bloomer’ appeared in 2007, followed by tours of the Northeast and West Coast and regular gigs in New York. A follow-up instrumental record is slated for release in 2013.
In 2008 Skye began exploring an interest in songwriting and soon founded the band The Hot Holy Mess, a writing collaboration with omni-doubling bassist Mike Lavalle.
As a violinist has had the pleasure of encountering on records and stages the likes of Anthony Braxton, Steven Bernstein, Cyro Baptista, Willie Nelson, Vanessa Carlton, Rufus Wainwright, Duncan Sheik, Sonya Kitchell, Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, and has had long associations with Howard Fishman, Vampire Suit, Nation Beat, and Anistar. Skye has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard, Iridium, Terminal 5, Irving Plaza, and dozens of other venues. Touring experience includes extensive travel in the US, Canada, and Mexico, performances in Brazil, China, Israel, and throughout Europe.
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Common Ground Community Concerts
Common Ground Community Concerts is a grassroots music production and event planning organization based in Westchester County NY. For the past 13 years, Common Ground has produced its flagship Common Ground Coffeehouse series, sponsored by (and hosted by) The First Unitarian Society of Westchester, in Hastings-on-Hudson NY.