GatherNYC: Cellist and Vocalist Marika Hughes with Guitarist Kyle Sanna
GatherNYC continues its Sunday morning concert series at the Museum of Arts and Design in Columbus Circle, presenting cellist and vocalist Marika Hughes with guitarist Kyle Sanna on February 5.
Guests at GatherNYC are served exquisite live classical music by New York’s most celebrated artists, a taste of the spoken word, and a brief celebration of silence. The entire experience lasts one hour and evokes the community and spiritual nourishment of a religious service – but the religion is music, and all are welcome.
Marika Hughes is a native New Yorker, a cellist, a singer, and a storyteller on The Moth. Described by All About Jazz as a musician who “makes a joyful noise at the intersection of classical, jazz and experimental avenues,” Hughes has worked with Whitney Houston, Lou Reed, Anthony Braxton, David Byrne, Adele, Henry Threadgill, D’Angelo, Idina Menzel, Nels Cline, Somi and Taylor Mac, among many others. She was a founding member of the Bay Area-based bands 2 Foot Yard (Two Foot Yard, Tzadik 2003 & Borrowed Arms, Yard Work, 2008) and Red Pocket (Thick, Tzadik 2004). She is a master teacher and director for Young Arts and a teaching-artist at Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project.
Hailed by The New Yorker as a “first-rate, versatile musician”, guitarist Kyle Sanna’s musical practice includes composition, improvisation, the recording studio, coding, and the traditional music of Ireland. His compositions have been performed at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, the Royal Opera House in Oman, Sydney’s ABC studios, the National Recital Hall in Taipei, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and many points between. WNYC’s New Sounds and Soundcheck host John Schaefer called his music “unconventionally beautiful.” He is equally at home in the recording studio as on the stage, and has produced nine full-length albums by various artists. Kyle Sanna studied jazz at the University of Oregon and composition at the Universite Lumiere Lyon II in France. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.