The (mostly) wordless intersection of Classical and Rock
Arts Fuse Pick of the Week on Jan 11, 2015. Source
http://gingeribex.com Original instrumental piece for piano and string orchestra by Sharon Crumrine, performed by Ginger Ibex. From their 2009 album "Firefly...
Ginger Ibex - Firefly Boston Street Pianos Festival 10/5/2013 www.streetpianos.com/boston
One of Sharon Crumrine's earliest influences was Beethoven, whose music alternately rocks the world or moves listeners to tears with its dark lyrical beauty. She was also deeply affected by the Romantic Classical composers (Schubert, Rachmaninoff), Impressionistic composers, Middle Eastern modes, Tango and contemporary Rock.
Betty Widerski's radically eclectic background (Classical gone Irish Punk/Rock/Improv) and endless creative & technical ability on a wild variety of stringed instruments, plus some percussion added to the mix, give Ginger Ibex a powerful yet lyrical sound.
Melika Fitzhugh's wide range of instrumental skills (including violin, guitar, percussion, bass and more) plus her love of Balkan music in odd meters make her ready for any musical style Ginger Ibex explores.
|Jan 11, 2015||Arts Fuse Pick of the Week
"The combo Ginger Ibex makes use of strings, piano, and percussion along with a wealth of ethnic influences and selected classical chops to create a sound that is as hard to classify as it is beguiling. But don’t worry that this show will be a rarified affair — it’s part of Mickey Bliss’s long-running Club Bohemia series in the basement of the Cantab, one of the few remaining relics of pre-gentrification Cambridge." – Noah Schaffer Source
|Aug 17, 2014||Sound Track For Hugo Award Base Designers
Glass Artists Spherical Magic designed and cast the bases for the 2014 Hugo Awards (the Science Fiction/Fantasy world's Oscars), and chose Ginger Ibex's "Late Night Guilt" from "The Rusty Goat Sessions" as the sound track for their video self-introduction at the World Science Fiction Convention in London. Source
|Mar 11, 2014||Interview with the SF Informer
“Keith Jarrett, Astor Piazzolla and Sergei Rachmaninov walk into a bar.” It sounds like the start of a nerdy music school joke but an ensuing jam session between the jazz, tango and classical music icons might give you an idea of Ginger Ibex’s sound. However, when you consider that the group’s collective influences also include punk, metal, pop, Celtic, Indian, and Middle Eastern music, and that they’ve covered Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” and Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” all bets are off at nailing them down. [...] Source
|Feb 28, 2014||RPM Challenge Album
Sharon and Betty participated in the 2014 RPM Challenge to compose and record a 10-track album in the month of February, resulting in the experimental album "Virtual Cupcakes"
|Oct 24, 2013||NECN Morning Show Soundtrack Spotlight
"Catnip" from "The Rusty Goat Sessions" was selected to be featured on the New England Cable News Morning Show. Source
|Feb 28, 2013||RPM Challenge Album
Sharon and Betty participated in the 2013 RPM Challenge to compose and record a 10-track album in the month of February, resulting in the album "The Rusty Goat Sessions"
|Feb 24, 2013||Soundtrack for Crowdfunding Campaign
Donated the use of our piece "Variation On Snow Ghosts" as the soundtrack music for the Indiegogo.com fundraising campaign of nonprofit Found In Translation, which helps bilingual women overcome homelessness and poverty by capitalizing on their language skills and becoming professional medical interpreters. Source
|Mar 01, 2011||Meet The Composer Grant Sharon was awarded a "Meet the Composer" grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts (nefa.org) to support the composition & arrangement of her original music for use by mimedancer Karen Montanaro's new dance "The Journey". The premiere performance was August 13, 2011 at the Celebration Barn Theater in S. Paris ME. Source|
|Oct 24, 2009||Debut Album "Firefly"
Our debut album, the 11-track CD "Firefly", was recorded at Wellspring Sound in Acton MA, and mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering. The album is available for digital download and physical album from Bandcamp as well as via CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, and streaming on Spotify. Source
|Oct 14, 2009||"Firefly" Album Review by Sepiachord.com
"A goodly number of sepiachord fans are drawn to soundtracks. They love the implied visuals of intrumental works, they are pulled in by the epic nature of the songs, they enjoy the feeling of modern music that is also classic(al)… if this sounds like you then you should snatch up a copy of Ginger Ibex debut release, “Firefly”." "Simply put the music on “Firefly” is lovely." "this is what makes this collection rewarding on multiple listens: the variety of mood and sound. You haven’t heard everything by Ginger Ibex because you’ve heard one song or even one tango. “Firefly” is rich in depth and satisfying on a soulful level." Source
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|Date||Event Title||Location||Type||More Info|
|Nov 03, 2013||The Midway||Jamaica Plain, MA||Performance||Details|
|Dec 20, 2013||Church of Boston||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance||Details|
|Jan 28, 2014||T.T. The Bears||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance||Details|
|Feb 22, 2014||Lily Pad||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance||Details|
|Mar 29, 2014||Arts at the Armory Cafe||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance||Details|
|May 02, 2014||Third Life Studio||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance||Details|
|Jun 07, 2014||Lilypad||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance||Details|
|Jul 19, 2014||Outpost 186||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance||Details|
|Aug 23, 2014||The Lily Pad||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance||Details|
|Sep 12, 2014||The Lily Pad||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance||Details|
|Oct 10, 2014||Arts at the Armory Cafe||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance||Details|
|Dec 05, 2014||Lily Pad||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance||Details|
|Feb 27, 2015||The Green Room||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance||Details|
|Mar 21, 2015||SALON (Bo & Rachel's House Show)||Medford, MA||Performance||Details|
|Apr 24, 2015||Third Life Studio||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance||Details|
|Jan 30, 2016||Arts at the Armory Cafe||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance||Details|
|Mar 25, 2016||Lilypad||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance||Details|
|Dec 02, 2016||The Green Room||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance||Details|
|Feb 01, 2017||Club Passim||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance||Details|
|Sep 23, 2017||Musical Chairs House Concerts||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance||Details|
|Mar 03, 2018||Third Life Studio||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance||Details|