11am to 2pm

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The Stylites are a new acoustic power trio comprised of three very experienced yet impassioned Twin Cities musical artists. The Stylite’s sound features the cello/guitar interplay of Michelle Kinney and Chris Cunningham grounded by the virtuosic bass violin of Nick Gaudette, producing a unique new genre that could be best described as post-national urban acoustic. Their compositions, arrangements, and improvisations draw equally from progressive jazz, Nuevo Tango, Celtic, North African, Middle Eastern, and European/ American folk traditions.

All three are well known to Minnesota audiences for their work with the groups Jelloslave, Mississippi Peace, Fall of the House of Usher, The Orange Mighty Trio, Coloring Time, Chastity Brown, and others. All have been regularly commissioned as composers for Theater, Film, and Dance, and Kinney and Cunningham have performed and recorded with a vast list of international artists such as Henry Threadgill, Nirmala Rajasekar, Marianne Faithfull, Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne, The Lounge Lizards, John Zorn, Richie Havens, Jeff Buckley, Omar Farouk, and The Contortions.