Painting by Brian Burris
A few exciting announcements about this year's event, it will take place a Ritual in Worcester for one. If you have not been there, I highly recommend for you to check it out. Hopefully you will soon enough! The space is perfect for Cirque Du Noir, the colors, the vibe and the decor lend themselves very well to the Cirque vibe. I am very excited about the venue. Thank you Kathy Kostas and the folks at Ritual for supporting the event and providing delectable goodness for our guests.
Live Fusion Artists this year include Keenan Cassidy, an amazing accomplished artist and student at Doherty High School, Jessica Burhans, who recently showed at Secret Society here in Worcester, Joanna Matuck, and Scott Boilard, both also accomplished artists who have shown in locally and abroad. A live art fusion is so exciting to see. The artists each begin a piece and rotate pieces after a few moments, each collaborating and sharing. It is magical to watch.
Ryan Flaherty, who will light the room on fire with his guitar, will be providing the music and the heat. Ryan is releasing his new cd, Hungry Moon, described by him as "Gypsy-Rapture-Folka-Wolf music, presumably for the savage and sultry"! I like that.
From his website he is described: "Ryan Flaherty is a fiery singer-songwriter, combining gypsy, folk-jazz, and percussive guitar. Flaherty was born and raised in Rock Island, IL, across the river from Bix Beiderbecke's hometown of Davenport, IA. His music is culturally diverse with influences ranging from Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly to Django Reinhardt and Taraf De Haidouks. Songwriter B. A. Cannings refers to Flaherty's music as "Flamenco delta wolf music" and "Look out world, this guys got your number. Tons of styles smelted, combined and poured into guitar strings. Do not douse yourself with gasoline before coming to this show, his fingers will light you on fire."
Ed Melikian will be joining Ryan, providing a backdrop of hot fusion music. He has also just collaborated with Ryan on his Hungry Moon recording. Going back and forth between Flamenco and the sounds of the Middle East, there will be no shortage of energy in the room. If you like music and live in Worcester, you have heard of Ed Melikian. I can't tell you how excited I am for this music and this night!
The evening will also include a silent art action, with art donated by local Worcester artists who are the life and guts of Cirque Du Noir. It's all about coming together, giving, sharing and celebrating art and music...while your presence and your purchases of art support the Worcester County Food Bank.
We hope to see you there!
Please visit our Cirque Du Noir Facebook page to see more art, information about the event, find some inspiration and see your friends!