Avi Wisnia 4/9/11

On Saturday, April 9 at 8:30 PM the Eclectic Cafe, at The Unitarian Universalist Society of South Suffolk28 Brentwood Road , BayShore, presents Avi Wisnia. For show info: 631-661-1278

If possible, please bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for our food bank.

Parking is available along Brentwood Road. We ask that you please AVOID parking in the medical offices’ parking lots south of the church or in the Sinai Reform Temple parking lot.

The open mic starts at 7:30pm. Performers wishing to participate should sign up by 7:30. The featured artists begin at about 8:30pm.

Admission is $10 for non-members ($5 for High School students with ID), and $8 for members. Membership is $12 a year. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nugADMFSM_k]

If this is your first time at the Eclectic Café please mention it at the ticket table. Your paid admission to this show entitles you to a free pass, good for a single free admission to one of the next three Eclectic Cafés.

Refreshments are available.

Jazz/pop singer-songwriter Avi Wisnia presents an eclectic mix of refreshingly original songs — finding inspiration in classic Brazilian bossa nova, acoustic American folk, 1950’s west-coast jazz, and contemporary pop. Avi released his debut EP in 2007 to rave reviews, with one critic crowning him the “male Norah Jones.” Now, his debut full-length studio album, “Something New”, recorded with Grammy-winning producer Glenn Barratt (Melody Gardot, Amos Lee, Ben Arnold), positions Avi as a formidable talent and a true artist on the rise.

Imagine a performer who seamlessly fuses the subtle stylings of Ms. Jones, the piano virtuosity of Ben Folds, and the heartbreaking melodies of John Mayer. A wordsmith as well as a composer, Avi’s clever lyrics give a knowing nod to his contemporaries, while his smooth vocals assure you that this is truly something new. Avi showcases his own music with unexpected arrangements, and he experiments with contemporary pop tunes from artists like Lauryn Hill, Bjork, Wilco and The Cure, stripping them down, taking them apart and reviving them with a dynamic new spirit.

Originally from Philadelphia, he has performed at prestigious venues including The Kennedy Center and renowned festivals such as CMJ. Avi recently completed a successful tour to Sao Paulo and Rio, Brazil. In addition, Avi believes in creating community through music events. He is the ensemble director for the New York Megaphonica and, in 2008, he created The No Brainer benefit concert, which continues to raise funds and awareness for the National Brain Tumor Society.

“Completely Refreshing… Lyrically brilliant… If Wisnia’s sampling of lush, complex songs are any indication of what’s to come, listeners will be waiting eagerly for more.” – Alyssa Rashbaum (music critic for SPIN, VIBE, and Rebel Spirit Music)

A designated local charity will receive a portion of the proceeds from this concert

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