Children's folk songs get a creative update at the next In-Between Series at Avalon Island


  • John Alcorn
There’s a certain fierce glee in digging up a gem at a yard sale; it feels like winning. But most of us stop there, clutching our prize in our hot little hands, whether it’s a vintage tube amp or a genuine Pucci minidress or a treasured book half-remembered from childhood. For violinist Sarah Morrison (Obliterati), receiving a 1966 copy of The Fireside Book of Children’s Songs, a volume of simple folk songs from around the world, was not just a welcome gift but the catalyst for an enchanting musical program. For the latest installment of Avalon’s In-Between Series, Morrison and friends (Matt Davis, cello and theremin; Anna Wallace and Alisha Erao, vocals) present “new and original melodies and compositions woven from glimmering threads of looped violin, viola, cello, voice, theremin and percussion … all under projections of the original, magnetic artwork of the book.” The program is named for Russian folk song “The Captured Bird,” just one of the songs the ensemble plans to perform. Between the weird skills/skilled weirdness of the players and the trippy beauty of the original ’60s illustrations, this should be an evening of powerful emotion.

7 p.m. Monday, April 18 | Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave. | | free


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