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Friday
25
MAY

Sara & Kenny at the cheel

21:00
00:00
the cheel
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"Italy meets Wisconsin, and makes beautiful music” (WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio).

Sara and Kenny met twice, by chance, in a Milwaukee bar. After Kenny pursued Sara for a classical guitar lesson, they fell in love. In July of 2015, the duo began writing music together as a result of mutual admiration for each other’s work. An eclectic blend of voice, ukulele, nylon and steel string guitars, Sara and Kenny embrace their wide range of influences to create music that's “one of a kind” (Kennebec Journal).

Their music is a meltdown of classical (Bach, Satie), jazz (Snarky Puppy, Billie Holiday, Gilad Hekselman) and folk (Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, Kate Bush). Their diverse and unique style portrays music as a form of constant dialogue between our inner selves and the universe, between the strings of a guitar and the emotions of an audience.

The duo’s debut album, Spirit of Gold was released in the fall of 2015 to rave reviews and a sold out show at the historic Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in Milwaukee, WI (USA). Piet Levy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said: “it’s striking how simpatico Sara and Kenny sound...especially considering their backgrounds couldn’t be more different. From Kenny's bright, flighty guitar work on Four Minutes to Sara's rich vocals during a romantic cover of Luigi Tenco's Ti Ricorderai, Spirit of Gold will leave you smitten”. The songs are simple and yet sophisticated, melodic and elegant all at once.

After months of traveling and writing, the duo’s second album, “Familiar Rhythms,” was recorded in Cosenza, Italy and Berlin, Germany. Shortly after they relocated to London (UK) and have been growing and performing their music actively around the U.S.A. and Europe. Chris Farlie of w21music says “[Sara and Kenny] challenge your conventional idea of the way a tune should go in an entertaining way.” Tony Moore of Soho Radio London says “Fantastic, original and inspiring music from two astonishingly gifted musicians.” Bonnie North of WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio calls the duo a “distinctive collaboration that draws on both of their strengths and creates a sound that is their own.”

Born into a multicultural and musical family, Sara grew up in Calabria, Southern Italy. After obtaining her degree in classical guitar from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, she moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A native of Wisconsin, Kenny began his study of classical piano at age five and guitar at age twelve. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, and returned to Wisconsin to finish his degree in Economics.

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the cheel