Saturday, June 05, 2010

Avi Wisnia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on June 11th

Philadelphia native Avi Wisnia will perform his Brazilian bossa nova on Friday June 11th at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Art After 5.”

Philadelphia Museum of Art says of the Art After 5 Series, “Friday evenings take on a whole new groove with Art After 5, a unique blend of entertainment from 5:00–8:45 p.m. in the Great Stair Hall. With an eclectic mix of international music on the first Friday of each month, and recognized and emerging jazz artists performing all other Fridays, it’s a stylish way to start your weekend.” Wisnia is likely to have the most interesting style of jazz music the Art After 5 Series has ever seen! Wisnia will follow up almost a month later when he hits Cambridge, MA on July 11 at Club Passim.

Wisnia releases his debut full-length album Something New nationally on June 29th. Recorded by Grammy-winning producer Glen Barratt (Amos Lee), Something New’s unpredictable cover songs only highlight the main attraction of his new collection of songs: his incomparable mish-mash of piano-pop meets bossa nova pop gems.

Having played major festival such as SXSW and CMJ, Wisnia says of his live performances, which always seem to be unpredictable and chock full of great stories to tell afterwards, “There have been shows where the band and I improvise songs on the spot, or ask audience members to come up and sing on kazoo. In one instance, the bartender who was shaking a martini at the bar ended up being an add-on percussionist. Another time, I had lost my egg shaker and asked the audience to pass me a pack of Tic Tacs. Instead, someone threw on stage a bottle of menstrual relief pills (it sounded fantastic). You have to be spontaneous and cater to the crowd and the moment."

Avi Wisnia Tour Dates

Friday June 11, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Art After 5 Event, Grand Stair Hall
Show: 5pm-9pm
Tickets: Free after Museum admission

Sunday July 11, Club Passim, Cambridge, MA
Door Time 5:30 PM
Show Time 7:00 PM
Opening Act: Caleb Hawley
Cover: $12/$10 (Club Passim Members)