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Cellist/Singer Ben Sollee To Play Hastings' Purple Crayon

Singer/songwriter and cellist Ben Sollee will perform at the Purple Crayon in Hastings on July 19. Photo Credit: Purple Crayon
Tarrytown's Nicolette Schoen and Jen Fischer will open for cellist Ben Sollee at the Purple Crayon. Photo Credit: Purple Crayon

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - Singer/songwriter and cellist Ben Sollee brings his unique talents to Hastings-on-Hudson for a performance at the Purple Crayon on July 19.

Sollee, a Kentucky native, composer, producer and environmental activist, recently produced his CD "Half Made Man", which showcases his ability to merge folk, classical, pop and R&B genres.

“[The cello is] as versatile as a Swiss army knife, but maintains a distinct voice," Sollee said. "So, when I was bouncing back and forth between my institutional life of studying classical and the vernacular music of my family and friends, like R&B, folk, and rock, the cello was always there for me.”

Opening for Sollee will be Nicolette Schoen and Jen Fischer, a local duo from Tarrytown who attend the Berklee College of Music and recently performed at a Purple Crayon open mic night. Sollee uses his art and "legs" to raise awareness of the amount of energy we use to travel by often riding a bicycle to performances with his cello strapped over his shoulder. He says the mode of transportation is a “reasonable response to the super-human-paced touring that us musicians find ourselves compelled to do." "I’ve been able to experience and be a part of communities that before, traveling by plane, train and car, I was just passing by," Sollee said. Information and tickets for Sollee's appearance are available on the Purple Crayon website.

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