Ginger Ibex is a classical/rock crossover band from Cambridge MA that makes use of strings, piano, and guitar along with a wealth of ethnic influences and selected classical chops to create a sound that is as hard to classify as it is beguiling. Tonight's show will include original instrumental compositions and songs, as well as selected covers. Click here to hear their music.
Mel Fitzhugh will open the night performing original pieces and covers
on guitar with vocals.
Melika Fitzhugh is a multi-talented musician and composer (A.B.
Harvard-Radcliffe: Music Theory and Composition, M.M. Longy School of
Bard College: Composition). Mel was the 2014 winner of both the Longy
orchestral and commencement processional/recessional composition
competitions, and has composed music for film and stage. She enjoys
playing a variety of instruments for folk dance ensembles, rock bands
and world/early music groups, including: violin/viola; acoustic
guitar/bass; recorders; flute; hand percussion including
Ginger Ibex members include:
Sharon Crumrine (piano/vocals) - One of Sharon's earliest influences
was Beethoven, whose music alternately rocks the world or moves
listeners to tears with its dark lyrical beauty. She was also deeply
affected by the Romantic Classical composers (Schubert, Rachmaninoff),
Impressionistic composers, Middle Eastern modes, Tango and
contemporary Rock. She created Ginger Ibex to perform her original
compositions. Sharon was awarded a "Meet the Composer" grant from the
New England Foundation for the Arts (nefa.org) to support the
composition and arrangement of her original music for use by mimedancer
Karen Montanaro's dance "The Journey".
Betty Widerski (6-string mezzo viola/melodica) - Betty's radically
eclectic background (Classical gone Irish Punk/Rock/Improv) and
endless creative and technical ability on a wide variety of stringed
and other instruments give Ginger Ibex a powerful yet lyrical sound.
She also composes and arranges pieces for Ginger Ibex - her
composition "Late Night Guilt" was chosen as the sound track for the
video introduction of 2014 Hugo Award designers Spherical Magic at the
World Science Fiction Convention in London.
Mel Fitzhugh (violin/guitar/vocals) - Mel's wide range of instrumental
skills plus her love of Balkan music in odd meters make her ready for
any musical style Ginger Ibex explores. She also contributes
compositions for the band, usually in 5/8 or 7/8.
Go to Ginger Ibex's web site.