Cellist Crispin Campbell leads his quartet into the world of soulful jazz, upbeat Gypsy Swing, sparkling Latin sambas, and moody original compositions. Taking the cello out of the classical world is his mission, and this concert features music from his debut recording. Joined by veteran musicians Steve Stargardt, piano, Jack Dryden, bass and Randy Marsh, drums, Campbell delivers a wide range of expression, from ecstaticBrazilian choros to sensual retro tunes from the film noir legacy of Los Angeles in the ‘50’s. Can the cello swing? Can it sing? Can it groove to the Afro-Carribean pulse of Sun Ra? Come to the Ramsdell on Thursday, February 20 to join in the adventure, and hear the cello do what it’s not supposed to do!
Crispin Campbell performs with his own quartet, as well as at the Clazz International Music Festival in Italy (with violinist Jeremy Cohen and the Clazz String Quartet) every July, and at the Semana de la Cuerdas in Medellin, Colombia every October. He has just released a collaboration with poet Michael Delp, “The Mad Angler meets the Mad Cellist”, as a project supporting water issues in the Great Lakes.