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Strings & Wood presents a multi-media evening with Americana Singer/Songwriters Gabrielle Louise and Ian Cooke at The Oriental Theater, located at 4335 West 44th Ave. in the Denver Highlands.  The show will kick off with an art reception at 6:00pm, showcasing Fort Collins' painter Sheila Dunn and Fort Collins' photographer Darren Mahuron.  Music will begin at 7:00pm and will feature a live tango performance.  Tickets to this music, art, and dance event are $10.00 and can be obtained at the door, or by clicking the "Buy Now" button above.

The artwork is on display for the entire month of June. What's interesting about the pieces on display is that there is a synesthetic interweaving of sound and movement. The dancers and musicians on the stage are reflected in both the exhibited photography and the paintings.

Gabrielle Louise, a Denver based singer/songwriter, will present her original music ranging from smoky jazz to old time folk.  The daughter of two gypsy musicians, Gabrielle inherited the genetic predisposition to wanderlust and song.  Her set will incorporate live tango dancing by local teachers Ariel Cado and Dave Jones.  Gabrielle's songs are performed alongside David Rynhart, who adds rich vocal harmonies and exciting instrumental grooves.  Both multi-instrumentalists and songwriters, Gabrielle Louise and David Rynhart toggle between genres and instruments to craft an eclectic show.  The storytellers color their songs with two guitars, a mandolin, a traditional Irish flute, a peppy ukulele and one sultry piano.  For this exciting evening, Gene Libbea (of the Nashville Bluegrass Band) will add the upright bass.

Denver cellist Ian Cooke will kick off the musical portion of the evening with "Forlorn Folk."  This lanky pushover makes art for your ears using his cello and voice as core instruments for songwriting. Components of his style are pulled from classical music and pop, to world music and jazz.  Self-released debut record "The Fall I Fell" was voted best recording 2008 by the Denver Westword.  Cooke’s record also employs piano and percussion.  In a live setting, he accompanies himself using a loop pedal to layer his cello.  Said Joe Sampson of the Denver Westword: "Slowly but surely, Ian Cooke has become one of the most vital artists in this region...with his honeydew voice and looped cello, he made songs that seemed to come out of the ground organically and fill the room with pure sound."

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Paintings on Display

Fine Art Photography