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Neil Dixon Smith performs music from across the solo guitar traditions of Latin America, stemming from a longtime apprenticeship with Chilean master Alfonso Chacon. In concert Smith weaves roots rhythms from Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, and Chile into a flow, swinging from romantic lyricism to hypnotic trance to ecstatic dance music.
Mercedes Landazuri is a Chicago-based jazz vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with a passion for the music of Brazil. She can be seen and heard in many venues throughout the Chicagoland area.
Congress of Starlings is a long-time favorite on the Chicago indie music scene. Aerin Tedesco and Andrea Bunch have been called ‘two of the most beautiful noises on the planet.’ The Starlings have brought their music to world famous venues like Milwaukee’s Summerfest, The National Women’s Music Festival, Halsted Market Days, Taste of Chicago, Pride Fest, Hard Rock Café, The House of Blues, and to beloved Chicago venues like The Old Town School of Folk Music, SPACE, Schuba’s and Martyr’s.
Whether as an acoustic duo or a full band, Congress of Starlings joyfully delivers a unique, startling blend of unearthly harmonies, rich melodies, and unusual meters. Lyrically, their concerns reach from the depths of the heart, across the damaged American landscape, and through the mists of other worlds. Their voices are unmatched in their ability to move and enrapture audiences. Their songs are raw and powerful.