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This is a special concert being co-hosted by WMRA and Arts Council of The Valley.
Bethany & Rufus are a cello and voice duo that weave a tapestry of sound as they slide between groove, sweet melodies, deep prayer, and roots music from around the world. When Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia join forces on stage they spark a fire-in-the-belly, soul-stirring experience that lingers long after the concert ends.
Drawing from the roots music traditions of America, Niger, and Haiti, the Bethany & Rufus Quartet bring to life the desert winds of Africa with Voodoo traditions of the new world and the folk music of America.
Bethany Yarrow absorbed a huge amount of traditional American folk music, blues and spirituals in her early childhood which permanently rooted her in the voices of her ancestors. From there, she learned other traditional songs from different parts of the globe: "One long braid of song," as she says. Bethany's tour-de-force stage presence, mesmerizing voice and deep knowledge of the material allows her to turn these songs inside out and find their less explored, enchanted underside.
Rufus Cappadocia is renowned for his cross cultural collaborations, taking the cello into previously unexplored realms. Cappadocia has collaborated with a wide spectrum of world music artists, and through his work with West African, Haitian Voodoo and Arabic Music his unique musical voice traces the lineage of American music back to its root sources.
Currently finishing their next studio album with their expanded group, called the Bethany & Rufus Roots Quartet, the two musicians continue to their global collaborations.
“There’s a spirit and history alive inside the music we’re making,” says Bethany. “It’s like there is something else that is pushing us along – something that needs to be done and wants to be heard. There is a very beautiful and magical element of destiny in all this. It is awe inspiring to walk this road of folk music and follow the voices of your ancestors.” She laughs, “It definitely keeps us honest and humble!”