Musician/Composer/Recording artist Arthur Lipner will be at Voices Café Saturday, June 13th 7:30pm. The evening will include a performance of his group Arthur Lipner & Brasilian Vibes and screening of his documentary “Talking Sticks”.
Arthur Lipner, originally from Weston, is one of the leading vibes and marimba players in the world. His travels as a performer and educator have taken him to 25 countries where has presented at over 300 universities and conservatories. He has released eight albums and appeared on many others. A prolific composer, over 50 of his compositions have been recorded. Arthur also plays steel drums, and his tracks can be heard on the current United Airlines In-flight Safety video. “Two Hands, One Heart”, a best-of collection containing 24 tracks from his favorite recording sessions over the last 25 years, was released just last week.
Joining Arthur in the performance will be Vanessa Falabella and Carlos Dias. Vanessa is originally from the Brazilian state Minas Gerais and has recently relocated to NYC. Arthur and Vanessa have been performing and recording together, both in the USA and Brazil, for over 20 years. Vanessa appeared on Arthur’s most recent recording project titled “Brasilian Vibes”, which was nominated as “Best Brasilian CD Of The Year” by the Brasilian Press Awards. This year they have performed at the NYC clubs Iridium and BB King’s. Carlos is a charismatic vocalist and guitarist from Sao Paulo deeply rooted in the varied rhythms of Brazilian music.
Talking Sticks is a one-hour documentary filmed in Ghana, Mexico, Norway, Brazil, Iceland and USA. The film tells the untold story of marimba and vibraphone. Their history, relationship to music and cultures, and manufacturing are all explored in-depth through location footage and interviews. Arthur is the journeyperson in the film. Along the way, he plays a stone marimba in rural Iceland, in the streets of Rio De Janeiro during Carnival, makes an ice xylophone high on the mountains of Norway, and much more. A compelling personal documentary packed with information and performances, Talking Sticks has informed and inspired many audiences since it’s release late last year.