Erie Art Museum Contemporary Music Series Presents Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem

All of roots music's a stage for Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, who apply fiddle, guitar, bass and recycled percussion to traditional and original songs. Anchored by Arbo's scintillating vocals and rich 4-part harmonies, the band "has a rare gift for fashioning hip, sleek sounds from the solid cloth of vintabe American music." (The Boston Globe).

Erie, PA, April 19, 2007 --( The Erie Art Museum Contemporary Music Series presents Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem in concert on Friday, May 4, 8 p.m. in the Erie Art Museum’s Annex, 20 East 5th Street.

All of roots music’s a stage for Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, who apply fiddle, guitar, bass, and recycled percussion to traditional and original songs. With influences ranging from Doc Watson to Django Reinhart, from traditional Chanaian drumming to the funky Meters, and from old-time fiddler Tommy Jarrell to British songwriter Nick Drake, Arbo and her colleagues create a bracing musical fusion with good humor, impeccable musicianship, and a clear love of playing together. Anchored by Arbo’s scintillating vocals and rich, 4-part harmonies, this band, “has rare gift for fashioning hip, sleek sounds from the solid cloth of vintage American music.” (The Boston Globe).

The band’s leader, Arbo, is a top-notch fiddler and lead singer with a bewitching and expressive alto. Steeped in 30 years of choral singing, Arbo also spent years with a honky-tonk band, a Balkan rock band, and folk-bluegrass band Salamander Crossing. A cellist by training, her swampy, self-taught fiddling draws from swing, blues and old-time music. She is joined by Andrew Kinsey on double bass, Anand Nayak on guitar, and Scott Kessel who pilots the “Drumship Enterprise,” a recycled drum kit comprised of a cardboard box, cat food tins, a Danish butter cooking tin and a suitcase.

The Erie Art Museum will host a workshop for kids with Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem on Friday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m. in the Erie Art Museum Annex, 423 East 5th Street. Kids will make their own harmonicas and percussion instruments and rehearse a piece right with the band. Kids are invited back to perform their piece with the band during the concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 4. Cost is $3 per child and reservations are required by calling Kelly at (814) 459-5477.

The band will present a family concert in the Museum’s Annex on Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 for non-members, $10 for Museum & JazzErie Members and $6 for students and seniors.

About the Contemporary Music Series
Celebrating over 20 years of great music, the Erie Art Museum Contemporary Music Series is a highly regarded performance series that includes some of the most creative, adventurous and accomplished musicians of our era. The Erie Art Museum brings exciting new music from nationally and internationally renowned artists to Erie each year, encompassing a wide variety of jazz, blues and world music.

The Contemporary Music Series is sponsored by Connoisseur Media.

About the Erie Art Museum
The Erie Art Museum anchors downtown Erie’s cultural and economic revitalization, occupying a group of restored mid-19th century commercial buildings, including an outstanding 1839 Greek Revival Bank. It maintains an ambitious program of 15 to 18 changing exhibitions annually, embracing a wide range of subjects, both historical and contemporary and including folk art, contemporary craft, multi-disciplinary installations, community-based work, as well as traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 5,500 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.

The Museum offers a wide range of education programs and artists’ services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a wide variety of classes for the community. Performing arts are showcased in the 24-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz festival.

The Erie Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members, free on Wednesdays, $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students and $2 for children under 12.

For additional information on the Erie Art Museum, visit online at or call (814) 459-5477.

Erie Art Museum
Tammy Roche