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Cantata Profana: American Songbook II featuring John Taylor Ward

Joe's Pub

January 20

Doors at 6PM
Show at 7PM

John Taylor Ward returns to the stage at Joe’s Pub with pianist Daniel Schlosberg to continue their whirlwind exploration of the roots and future of American song. Joined by several special guests, Dan and Taylor will lend their panache to everything from lutesong to lounge, from hillbilly harmonies to highbrow hoedowns, and from bourbon street bands to back street boys.

Cantata Profana is a fearless vocal and instrumental chamber ensemble now entering its sixth season of presenting “every kind of classical music you might imagine” (New Yorker). The ensemble is devoted to new music, old music “to most anything, so long as the mixture is put together thoughtfully and put across persuasively” (NY Times). Cantata Profana’s artists combine virtuosic talent with innovative staging, lighting, and design, collaborating to present eclectic and diverse masterpieces with a theatrical flair. We transcend the typical chamber music concert with programming that pulls from every century, allowing pieces to speak to each other across time periods and continents, just as the performers speak to the audience. Each concert offers a never before imagined way of telling stories through music.

In demand across the U.S. and abroad as soloists and chamber musicians, our core artists continue to create some of their best work in their performances with Cantata Profana. We have performed in venues all over New York City, such as Joe’s Pub, Symphony Space, Roulette, Dixon Place, Issue Project Room and the Baruch Performing Arts Center. Cantata Profana has also recently traveled to Avaloch Farm Music Institute in New Hampshire, the Banff Centre in Canada, Connecticut’s Music Mountain, the Princeton Sound Kitchen, and Boston’s Goethe-Institute.