The American roots-music quartet Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem takes the audience way beyond foot tapping, plumbing the great folk traditions for a moving, collective spiritual experience. In 13 years touring festivals and concert halls across North America, the band are renowned as good medicine. With fiddle, guitar, recycled percussion and four masterful singers, this quartet shouts a soulful hallelujah to the human condition — and regularly moves audiences to laughter and tears.
Using 200 years of American roots music as a palette, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem marry tradition and improvisation in lush arrangements with “stylish, unexpected choices” (Acoustic Guitar). Unafraid to pair a banjo with Leonard Cohen, an Afro-Cuban cajon with a fiddle tune, or a New Orleans rhythm with almost anything, the band creates deep grooves under timeless melodies and thoughtful, uplifting lyrics “These are true chamber musicians. They sing and play together with the alert sensitivity of a great string quartet, and they cast a powerful spell: simultaneously loose and tight, alternately boisterous and hushed, always riveting”, says Laura Gilbert, Electric Earth’s Artistic Director. At the helm is Rani Arbo, who grew up a chorister at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Her luminous alto is full of sass and grace, and she has toured and recorded with Joan Baez, John McCutcheon and others. Arbo’s keenly observed original songs have been arranged for choirs and recorded by multiple artists.
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem have released five recordings on Signature Sounds; their 2010 family album won a Parents’ Choice Gold Award and is an American Library Association Notable Recording. The band’s residency offerings include family performances, school shows and workshops, choral collaboration and arts in medicine work.
“This quartet has a rare gift for fashioning hip, sleek sounds from the solid cloth of vintage American music.” – The Boston Globe
“Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem dig deep into their collective souls, finding joy in the moment, peace in the harmonies, and rapture in the rhythmic drive.” – Hartford Courant
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem is Scott Kessel (percussion, vocals), Rani Arbo (fiddle, vocals), Anand Nayak (guitar, vocals), Andrew Kinsey (bass, banjo, ukulele, vocals)
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