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Andrew Lipke and Matilda Lindell with the Azrael String Quartet

Sat, Feb 25
The Lounge at World Cafe Live
Doors: 6:00pm | Show: 8:30pm
$15
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Performers:

Andrew Lipke

Andrew Lipke

Andrew Lipke is a Philadelphia-based, South African born composer, producer, arranger, conductor, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and educator active in many styles across multiple genres.

As composer Lipke has written works for ensembles such as The Aizuri String Quartet, Carpe Diem String Quartet, Choral Arts Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Bach Collegium, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, virtuosic vocal sextet Variant Six, and many others. Lipke’s credits also include a punk rock score for the internationally released EPIX film “Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story”.

Lipke has released seven self-produced albums of original music encompassing a wide variety of musical styles from early madrigal vocal music to aggressive hard rock. His music has been described as “Liberated pop – ambitious long-form songs with harmonic freedom and emotional range unstymied by strict radio formats” (David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer), and he has been praised for his “…smartly constructed lyrics and gorgeously orchestrated melodies” (AD Amorosi, City Paper). In addition to his own material Lipke has produced dozens of recordings for artists in the Philadelphia region many of them engineered by Lipke in his studio The Record Lounge.

As arranger and conductor Andrew has worked extensively with American singer-songwriter Amos Lee, initially providing orchestrations for Lee’s 2015 album “Live at Red Rocks with The Colorado Symphony” and continuing to orchestrate additional material for Lee’s performances with prominent American orchestras including the Nashville, Los Angeles, Oregon, St. Louis, Utah, and Seattle symphony orchestras. In 2019 Amos Lee returned to Red Rocks in a performance featuring Lipke conducting the “Red Rocks Chamber Orchestra” assembled specifically for the event. Past conducting engagements also include The National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center, The Atlanta Symphony, The Colorado Symphony, and The Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.

As multi-instrumentalist Lipke spent more than a decade touring the country with the highly successful Led Zeppelin tribute band Get The Led Out as keyboardist, guitarist, and vocalist and has also traveled extensively as vocalist with conductor and composer Steve Hackman’s symphonic synthesis Brahms V Radiohead, including performances with the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Indianapolis, Colorado, Columbus, Charlotte, North Carolina, and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras.

From 2015 through 2019, upon invitation from esteemed maestro Dirk Brossè, Andrew was in collaboration with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia where he created, curated, and hosted an innovative, cross-genre concert series entitled “Intersect” exploring the common attributes of music that transcend genre and style.

Passionate about music education, Andrew – through his involvement with the Philadelphia based non-profit World Café Live – has collaborated with several members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and other established local and regional musicians creating cross-genre presentations for under-served youth, highlighting the transformative and boundary- crossing nature of music. Lipke was an artist in residence at Philadelphia’s Science and Leadership Academy in connection with the commissioning of Julia Wolfe’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize winning composition “Anthracite Fields”, and since 2016 Lipke has been in residence with Philadelphia high school Hill Freedman World Academy writing, arranging, producing, and recording albums of original music created in collaboration with the students resulting in 5 critically acclaimed albums.

Lipke’s latest artistic endeavor is an album cycle based on Herman Hesse’s groundbreaking novel “Siddhartha”, consisting of “Siddhartha” – released in 2015, “Kamala & The Child People” – released in 2020, and the final installment, “Murmurs of The River”, released in 2021.

Matilda Lindell

Matilda Lindell

Swedish born Matilda Lindell blends nordic melancholy with American country-pop presenting a unique sound that can only be described as captivating, earnest and unforgettable. For over a decade she has been touring the US as one of the principal singers in the tribute act “THE CONCERT – a tribute to ABBA”. Her passion and musicality has taken her to venues such as the prestigious Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and the gorgeous Wolf Trap Performing Arts Centre outside of Washington D.C.

Her newly released EP is a fascinating deep dive into ABBA, and includes interpretations of a selection of ABBA songs that have brought special meaning to her over the years. “The essence of the songs are there but I have created a new perspective and, I hope, a new emotional journey for the listener” says Matilda. Strings are an important element in these new beautiful versions that are co produced with Andrew Lipke. You’ll hear both these new renditions and a few of Matilda’s original songs. She is very happy to once again get to collaborate with Andrew and the amazing Azrael String Quartet!