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Puzzle of Light / The Elements

September 17, 2021 | 7:00PM

Free concert as part of the 2021 Eichelberger Concert Season.

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“Puzzle of Light . . . is a world-flavored quintet with roots reaching deep into jazz, blues, folk, African rhythms, Middle Eastern harmonies, Brazilian chords, Old world sounds. . . The band leaps nimbly from one inspiration to the next, wrapping them all in the signature Puzzle sound; in the course of one set, listeners might hear sources as varied as Van Morrison, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Leonard Cohen, Duke Ellington, Sting, Stanley Turrentine, John Hyatt and Dave Brubeck, among numerous original tunes.” Duante Beddingfield, Dayton City Paper, May 2012. Michael Bashaw, flutes, harmonicas, illembe, Sound Sculptures and vocals: Sandy Bashaw, guitar and vocals: Erich Reith, percussion: Richard Roll, bass: John Taylor, drums.

Michael and Rick have known each other since their high school days in the late sixties. It was also then they first heard Sandy playing in local coffee houses. When Sharon hit the Dayton scene in the early eighties, it didn’t take long for all of them to recognize kindred spirits, rich in collaborative possibilities. In 1997, their first collaboration, Do You Remember This?, sold out the 2,000 seats of Memorial Hall in Dayton, Ohio.

Playing their own, smart original material, along with the songs of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Miller, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Carter Family, among others, The Elements are drawn to melodies, harmonies, and rhythms that call out to them with a feeling generated or a memory triggered, regardless of the source. Add the excitement of Sharon’s step dancing and you have a show that brings Modern American Folk and Traditional Music to a new level of entertainment.

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