Leyla McCalla (photo credit: UMass Fine Arts Center)
Haitian-American artist Leyla McCalla was scheduled to perform tonight at the UMass Fine Arts Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, but her concert was cancelled there due to the state’s shelter-in-place rules. So, now, she’s streaming the concert live on Facebook from her home at 8-9 p.m. Eastern time, 5-6 p.m. Pacific.
Leyla plays cello, tenor banjo, and guitar, and sings in French, Haitian, Creole, and English. Her work is influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun, and Haitian music, along with folk and American jazz. The Capitalist Blues, her latest solo album, and a collaborative project, Songs of Our Native Daughters with Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, and Allison Russell, were released last year. She’s a founding member of Our Native Daughters and alumna of the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
After her performance, Vermont Jazz Center Eugene Uman will moderate a conversation from questions submitted in Facebook chat during the concert.
The livestream is sponsored by the UMass Fine Arts Center and Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro.
The concert is free. Get more information and access the livestream from facebook.com/UMassFineArtsCenter.
If you don’t have a Facebook account, use this link to watch: