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The Swarmius Ensemble

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The Cornelia Street Cafe

29 Cornelia Street

New York, NY 10014

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SWARMIUS creates mercurial, shape-shifting classical music fusion, blending Mexico, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Brazil.

Join SWARMIUS at the world-famous Cornelia St. Café in the heart of Greenich Village in New York City for an evening of virtuoso instrumentals & songs from their opera, "St Frances De Los Barrios", a magical realistic tale inspired by the Francis of Assisi myth, set in modern day Tijuana, drugs, borders and Pope included..

Their two shows at 8:30 and 10 PM will feature differing repertoire. Twofers are available.

· Event date and time
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
Show #1: 8:30 (doors open 8:15)
Show #2: 10:00 (doors open 9:45)

• Phone numbers:
Reservations: 212-989-9319
info: 619-750-7125

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Noted playwright & librettist Allan Havis has rendered a modern day Saint Francis de los Barrios squatting inside abandoned Tijuana buildings that become marked by the image of the blessed virgin each successive morning. Francis, former prostitute and drug hustler, miraculously has the ability to heal people - bringing worldwide fame along with the wrath of governments on either side of the border. Pope Francis, visiting Latin America, decides to meet the young prophet, causing unthinkable tumult. Aboard a small fishing boat off the coast of Tijuana, safely away from the crowds, the police, and the cartels, the two hit it off as they discover that they have much in common, despite their apparent differences in station. They sing three duets together, developing deep mutual trust, admiration and affection. Complicating the story is a paradoxical love triangle. Apocalyptical elements surrounding Francis propel the allegory to encompass the globe’s fate.

At the Cornelia Street Cafe show on November 10, two of the duets between Pope Francis and his namesake will receive their world premiere. In the opera, the role of young Saint Francis will be sung by Swarmius vocalist, countertenor Rudy Alexander Giron. (Mr. Giron was a finalist in the recent regional competitions for placement in the metropolitan opera of New York.) The role of the pope will be sung by baritone Charles Coleman, who himself was a boy soprano in the metropolitan opera once upon a time before morphing into an adult baritone.

Giron, who has, since becoming involved early this year in the opera, become a core member of Swarmius, will also be performing the hi octane opening number of the opera, entitled “7 inches”, in which a crazed young Saint Francis, suffering from sleep deprivation and possibly high on cocaine, rants about poverty, drugs, and sexuality.

Giron, who has, since becoming involved early this year in the opera, become a core member of Swarmius, will also be performing the hi octane opening number of the opera, entitled “7 inches”, in which a crazed young Saint Francis, suffering from sleep deprivation and possibly high on cocaine, rants about poverty, drugs, and sexuality.

SWARMIUS bio
Founded in 2006 by composer Joseph Martin Waters and saxophone virtuoso Todd Rewoldt, Swarmius has evolved over 11 years into a sextet straddling both coasts, with members united in a fascination with exploring musical combinations from around the globe, often within the same piece. And in performing intricate chamber music demanding the highest technique.
The music is catchy and melodic.

An example would be "Kali Karsilama”, the band's perennial theme song, whose melodies are woven from ancient Romani scales and rhythms, with lead instruments racing around each other in a heterophonic swirl, landing and taking off with the precision of the blue angels.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/swarmius-iii-trans-classical/id1166407642

Musicians:
Rudy Alexander Giron - countertenor voice; Todd Rewoldt - Alto saxophone; Michael Couper – soprano saxophone; Geoffrey Burleson – piano; Daniel Pate – percussion; Joseph Martin Waters – composer and laptop; with special guest Charles Coleman – baritone voice.

Swarmius is a collective of virtuoso performers and composer, a kind of hybrid of a rock band and a classical chamber ensemble by design. Everybody contributes ideas, and these coalesce into ever evolving responses in the form of musical works. Nothing is off limits, and everything about the band is iconoclastic: The music belongs to no genre (or all) & the band follows it's own multi-generational, multicultural band of muses.

Websites & Links:
http://www.swarmius.com/

Concert review by Ken Herman, SD Reader:
http://www.sandiegostory.com/nweamo-2017-festival-with-swarmius-and-scenes-from-st-francis-de-los-barrios/

ITunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/swarmius-iii-trans-classical/id1166407642

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