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Vagabond Opera stops in Sutter Creek

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From page B5 | June 21, 2013 |

“The Pocket Watch” marks the premiere of Vagabond Opera’s first show with a plot. Portland Oregon’s own Bohemian Gypsy cabaret ensemble, Vagabond Opera, is bringing its rip-roaring brand of contemporary cabaret to the Wast Coast for a 14-date tour with songs in seven languages, top hats and notable flair.

The fun arrives in Sutter Creek on Sunday, June 23 at 8 p.m.

A mustache touting accordion player bellows opera from a Victorian hot air balloon, while Tesla Coil’s and Theremin’s whistle on stage. The cellos begin to duel. A belly dancing chanteuse sings of ancestors and wails to the moon. The guitarron’s been drinking.
The play is  directed by Annie Rosen and Eric Stern and includes not only the ensemble but the Sepiatonic Dancers.

The  Vagabond Opera, features four singers — two operatically trained — two cellos, saxophone, clarinet, accordion, double bass and drums.

The Bohemian neo-cabaret gypsy pop ensemble plays a combination of cabaret, burlesque, tango, Balkan beats, Klezmer, rock, Arabian music, Parisian hot jazz and opera that will leave  heads spinning.

The ensemble sings in 14 languages and mixes its genre-defying original tunes with covers made famous by such artists as Jacques Brel, Tom Waits, Raymond Scott, and Edith Piaf  — all performed with theatrics, flair and more than a nod to the old world.

Vagabond Opera is at the center of the neo-cabaret phenomenon, and through its theatrical performances and eclectic repertoire bring the eclectic artistic spirit of Portland, Ore. to the world.

The October 2011 release of “Sing For Your Lives” marks the fourth full-length release from the band to date. The ensemble premiered its first full-length opera “Queen of Knives” in May 2010.

Vagabond Opera has performed across the USA, and in Europe from Poland to Portugal. The group is played regularly on NPR and has shared stages and players with Pink Martini, Devotchka, The Decemberists, and the Oregon Symphony, to name a few.

On this set of dates, Vagabond Opera has many guest artists, including vocalist and violinist Annie Rosen, and the Sepiatonic Dancers: Karolina Lux and Victoria Bevin.

“The Pocket Watch” plays at the Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. South in Sutter Creek. Tickets for the performance are $20 to $23.

Check the Website at suttercreektheater.com for more information.

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