RED WING -- Singer/songwriter Aby Wolf, who has performed at the Sheldon Theatre as part of the Caravan du Nord and as a singer with The New Standards, is returning for a residency based on her new project, “Champagne Confetti.”
The residency culminates with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Sheldon. About a dozen string musicians, vocalists and percussionists will perform that night.
Wolf, a highly regarded Twin Cities performer, collaborated with pianist Eric Mayson and composer Grant Cutler to create new electro-acoustic works for the show.
“Blurring the lines between ambient neo-minimalism, chamber music and electro-R&B, ‘Champagne Confetti’ delivers a gateway from near-silent meditation to full harmonic abundance, experienced as a union of sonic dream states and coursing, rhythmic waves of unbounded sound,” according to Sheldon spokesmen.
Wolf explained that the music, which is primarily acoustic, was created through a process that is improvisational in the initial stages. During the process, new songs took shape.
That shape is not a typical song structure, she noted. In pop and rock music, the conventional song moves from introduction to verse to chorus to bridge and so on. Her work is more reminiscent of classical music presented in a series of sections.
“It’s much harder to classify,” she acknowledged. “This is not pop music. It has a lot of interesting shapes to it.”
And, Wolf added, “It’s palatable to anybody’s ear, accessible and interesting” no matter how much or how little music education the listener can claim.
“Champagne Confetti” was created with support from a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts on Tour Grant. The Wolf and company completed a residency in Grand Rapids in January, and will be in residence in Detroit Lakes March 3-6.
Wolf and several musicians will conduct public workshops and do pop-up events at schools and senior centers while in town.
Among participants will be percussionist Heather Barringer, an Ellsworth native with ties to River Falls, who also has appeared locally with Zeitgeist. Additional performers will join them for the finale concert.
Following the concert, some of the musicians will stay to greet the audience. The “Champagne Confetti” music has not yet been recorded, but individual artists will have a variety of merchandise for sale.
Wolf has worked with many notable groups in the Twin Cities. Doomtree vocalist Dessa called her a “secret weapon of harmony,” and City Pages named her best female vocalist and artist of the year.
Wolf also has collaborated with musicians from other genres, including rhythm and blues, folk, jazz and experimental. She has released several albums, and has toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe, plus she has been vocal director for many productions.
According to a review in Rift magazine, “You’d be hard pressed to find a better songstress, or bear witness to a more dynamic performer.”
Currently Wolf also is working with The New Standards, a group that performs regularly at the Sheldon. She will be among vocalists when The New Standards return to Red Wing with a show called “Score!” on April 4.
Tickets to “Champagne Confetti” are $20. Visit the box office,call 651-388-8700 or go online to www.sheldontheatre.org.
If you go…
Who: Aby Wolf and friends
What: “Champagne Confetti”
When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29
Where: Sheldon Theatre
How much: $20
More info: 651-388-8700 or www.sheldontheatre.org