The Pocahontas County Opera House presents a two-part concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 with genre-defying cellist and songwriter Ben Sollee and the multi-instrumentalist duo of Daniel Joseph Dorff and Ronnie Kuller.
Tickets are $8. Children 17 and younger are admitted free of charge.
Musicians often claim they are "giving themselves" to their listeners, but it's rarely as true as on Sollee's fourth album, Half-Made Man, a revealing, deeply moving album that explores a man trying to figure himself out, just as we all are. Known for his thrilling cello-playing that incorporates new techniques to create a unique mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz and R&B, Sollee possesses rough-smooth-smoky vocal stylings and a knack for intricate arrangements that has brought about comparisons to Sufjan Stevens.
Sollee shares himself completely with his audience, whether it be by personal lyrics, or his commitment to the environment. Sollee can often be found riding a bicycle to his concerts (cello strapped to the back), which have become legendary for their intimacy.
Dorff and Kuller came together to record "The Quiltbox Sessions" in Louisville in 2012. "The Quiltbox Sessions" is a collection of vignettes composed by Kuller and Dorff, as well as themes from Bach, Mozart and Prokofiev re-imagined through the lens of folk tradition. The project had its beginnings as a forum to sketch ideas for the Chicago-based writing collective and theatrical marching band Mucca Pazza, of which both Kuller and Dorff are members. The joint effort soon developed a life of its own.
Dorff is a multi-instrumentalist, teacher and composer. He has performed on five continents and in more than 25 countries and has two records under his own name: "Now!" released in 2008 and "Living Room" released in 2011.
Kuller is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, teaching artist and member of Mucca Pazza. She has composed and performed music for Theater Oobleck and Zephyr Dance Ensemble and is an artistic associate of Opera-Matic.