The Canadian band Sagapool, which will bring its fun and vibrant music to the Davis Theatre on Saturday, March 17, has created a sound so original that it’s difficult to describe. There are elements of jazz, gypsy, fanfare and klezmer played on a lot of different instruments including guitar, double bass, accordion percussion, banjo, glockenspiel, Rhodes, violin, clarinet and piano.
Part of the On Stage at the Davis performing arts series, Sagapool’s performance will be at 8 p.m. in the theatre at 65 Union Street S, Concord, in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse. Tickets are $39 and available at 24 hours a day at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or at the box office, 704-920-2753, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The six musicians who make up Sagapool met at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal in 1999. Its music has earned major awards in Canada including the 2008 Instrumental Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and the CBC/Galaxie “Rising Star” award in 2008. It’s new CD, Sagapool, is being released March 6. It performed in the United States for the first time in 2007 and has been playing all over North Carolina since last fall.
You may wonder how and why this group from Canada ended up in North Carolina in general and Cabarrus County in particular. Noelle Rhodes Scott, president and CEO of the Cabarrus Arts Council was one of five members of the North Carolina Presenters Consortium who attended a showcase of Canadian artists in Nova Scotia in the fall of 2010. The trip was paid for by the Canadian government, which hoped the presenters would like the artists so much that they would hire them for performances here. That is exactly what happened with Sagapool. Not only did the presenters who went to Canada hire them, but they came back and talked about the group so enthusiastically that other presenters in the state did, too.
Sagapool is known for high-intensity, spirited live shows and quirky humor on stage. Everyone plays multiple, even most of the instruments, involved, so you never know when there’s going to be a switch or a surprise.
Here’s what some reviewers have said about the group:
“Six incredible musicians were on the stage of the “Cabaret de la dernière chance” last Thursday night, in front of a public they took about two minutes to conquer. Sagapool enchanted the place with its rich melodies and very precise playing.” (La frontier)
“The ensemble evokes carnival and circus music as well as nu-jazz acoustic and creation music, with electric piano Rhodes and small instruments that soften or slightly deconstructs. It is cheerful, lively, melodic, sometimes relaxing and very charming.” (Le Devoir)
“The sparkling and festive music of Sagapool. Contagious “joie de vivre.” (Journal de Québec)
Sagapool may not be Irish (but there are members from Italy and Hungary), but this sure sounds like a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!