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January 22, 2006

Chamber Blues in Calgary

Written by
cindy mcleod

The Carma Acoustic Blues Series at Calgary’s Epcor Centre serves up its next installment of its series with Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, in a fusion of classical and blues music.

The innovative sound of Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues captures the sparkling qualities of classical music merged with the emotional, melodic style of blues. Under Corky Siegel’s masterful lead on harmonica and piano, the West End String Quartet and tabla playerFrank Donaldson round out the Chamber Blues band.

“The instrumentation of string quartet, tabla, world percussion, blues harmonica and piano does not really define Chamber Blues,” explains Siegel. “The secret is that the compositions themselves juxtapose blues and classical flavours. This mix is not an ‘invention’ of mine. It just flows out – it’s just who I am – a product of both the classical maestros; Seiji Ozawa & William Russion, and the blues masters like Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. They took me under their wing and my Chamber Blues is simply a product of their kindness to me.”

Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues
Two Shows: Wednesday, February 1, Thursday, February 2
EPCOR CENTRE’s Engineered Air Theatre- Calgary

More info at www.epcorcentre.org

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