Combining the rich histories and cultural resonance of traditional music with the raw expression of improvisation, the piano and saxophone duo Pearlman / Sherry are celebrating the release of their debut album, Friendly Spaces.
Musical friends since their teenage years growing up in southern Maine, Neil Pearlman and Dylan Sherry have finally come together to create an album which explores their varied musical and cultural backgrounds, celebrating both the universality and individuality of music.
Pearlman (“a tremendous pianist” – BBC Radio Scotland) has built a career as one of the most distinctive and innovative voices in Celtic music today. His unique sound blends a love of jazz and improvisation with a deep familiarity of the Scottish traditions, gained from his childhood playing and dancing in the family band Highland Soles.
Sherry, meanwhile, has become a strong part of Boston's avant-garde jazz scene over the past decade of living in the city. Their duo Pearlman / Sherry has been a long time coming and showcases the kind of artistic connection that can happen when musicians have known each other and played together since childhood.
An homage to the universality of music and humanity, the Pearlman / Sherry debut album Friendly Spaces explores the emotional power inherent in music traditions from Armenia to Scotland. “I love the beauty and the power in the traditional melodies I've heard,” Sherry says. “It's rewarding to be around something which has brought people together and stood the test of time. Hearing these songs makes me want to be part of their stories.”
Join the duo and become a part of those stories yourself!
Tickets are $15/advance, $18 at the door for general admission, and $12 for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!