Session 184: NINETEEN THIRTEEN // Mal-O-Dua

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June 06, 2018

Cellist Janet Schiff and Percussionist Victor DeLorenzo (founding drummer of Violent Femmes) create the bold and vibrant new sound of NINETEEN THIRTEEN.

A cello made in Romania in the year of 1913 and a set of drums made in modern day America entertain each other in a haunting, melodic dance that suggests mystery, romance and future thought. Original compositions and looping are by Schiff while beat brushes and vocals are by DeLorenzo.

The cello is from 1913 but the music is from today!

NINETEEN THIRTEEN won a Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award (WAMI) for Jazz Artist of the Year and were featured on Fox 6 Milwaukee, The Arts Page on PBS and NPR's Lake Effect. As a very busy chamber rock ensemble, NINETEEN THIRTEEN has performed at BMO Harris Pavilion, Milwaukee Art Museum, Bastille Days, Summerfest, The Pabst Theatre, The Pfister Hotel, Turner Hall, The Museum of Wisconsin Art, and Racine Art Museum, all in the past year!


What happened when French Manouche Roma Gypsy Jazz guitar legend Django Reinhardt met Kentucky thumb picking master Merle Travis and Hawaiian steel guitar virtuoso Sol Hoopii? A new type of driving acoustic swing music was born!!! Well, actually that never did really happen. However, this is the tasteful blending of diverse styles that Madison, WI based duo Mal-O-Dua is built on.

Mal-O-Dua pulls from a wide range of sources including Gypsy Jazz, traditional Hawaiian music, Kentucky thumb picking, vintage French pop, Eastern European Folk, early Parisian "Bal Musette" waltz style, and the American standard songbook to name a few. These styles are artfully bended together to create a fresh new sound!

Mal-O-Dua presents a high energy eclectic show that ranges broadly through various acoustic genres. They pepper in historical anecdotes about the music they present to give it context. Mal-O-Dua has performance experience in many settings including large music festivals, concert series, night club gigs, and private events. They are as equally comfortable on the main stage as they are in an intimate living room house concert. Their unique blend of "Hot Hawaiian and French Guitar Sorcery" is always met with rave reviews!