Aby Wolf to host special show on Jan. 15 in NYM

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Aby Wulf and the Champagne Confetti will host a special concert on Saturday, Jan. 15 at the New York Mills City Hall Ballroom. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will host Aby Wolf and Champagne Confetti for an evening of new works for strings, voices, percussion and electronics. The music will be performed by a cast of renowned musicians and friends at the NY Mills City Hall Ballroom on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Through a creative process based in improvisation resulting in atypical song structures, Champagne Confetti is a practice in embracing uncertainty. It blurs the lines between ambient neo-minimalism, chamber music, and electro-R&B. It is inspired by the imminent universal need to find footing in an unstable world, and on both a personal and global scale, these new compositions explore that uncertainty.

Wolf is the recipient of a 2020 Minnesota State Arts Board Arts on Tour grant, which along with support from the NY Mills Regional Cultural Center, brings this new project and residency to the NY Mills region. 

Wolf and the ensemble will be engaging a wide range of area residents, including local students and community members through workshops and other outreach activities throughout the week of Jan. 12-15.  A free pop-up concert will be held at Drastic Measures Brewing in Wadena on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m.

Wolf is a vocalist and composer who frequently collaborates with artists across the genres of hip hop, R&B, electronic, rock, folk, jazz, and experimental music. She has worked and collaborated with a diverse range of artists from Dessa and Doomtree to The New Standards, Chastity Brown and JT Bates Grain Trio to the MN Orchestra, and released 4 stylistically diverse solo albums to critical acclaim. 

As a solo artist she has extensively toured throughout the United States, as well as in the U.K, Ireland, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Germany and performs at some of the Twin Cities finest venues (Walker Art Center, Fitzgerald Theater, Orchestra Hall, First Ave). She was named “Best Female Vocalist” and “Artist of the Year” by City Pages.

Additionally, she has served as vocal director for many productions, most recently, “Dessa with the Minnesota Orchestra.” She has been awarded Artist Initiative, Arts Learning and Arts on Tour grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and she has been recognized for excellence by the American Composers Forum and received commissions from the Cedar Cultural Center as well as the Prairie Fire Lady Choir.

Tickets to the Jan. 15 concert are $10 for adults (members get a $2 discount); students free. To get advance tickets, visit www.kulcher.org or call 385-3339. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the event. A cash bar provided by the New York Mills Lions Club. 

COVID-19 safety guidelines observed. Those who are not well, please stay home. Advance tickets will be refunded if unable to attend due to illness. Visit www.kulcher.org or call 385-3339 with questions.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through an arts tour grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.