Come join the Friends of the Robbins Library for the first of the Winter Reading Room Concerts as we are bring you the joyful sounds of the C#s Jazz Combo. The full group comprises Tino D’Agostino on bass, Louise Grasmere vocals and percussion, Peter Lehman on theorbo (lute) and vocals, and our special guest Fabio Pirozzolo on hand percussion. Soulful songs, jazzy instrumentals, and a delicious variety of genre bending musical delights await you, so please join the Friends of the Robbins Library for this exciting event. 

Sabatino D’Agostino, electric and acoustic bass. Beloved music Director at the Arlington High School, Tino is an award winning, virtuosic bassist who has performed widely in North America and Europe. A founding member of The C#s, Tino also teaches at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. 

Louise Grasmere, vocals and percussion. Combining all the grace and elegance of the classic jazz singers with the ringing power and authority of the great blues shouters, Louise has a voice that will lift you out of your seat and into the heavens. Louise not only brings her amazing sing-from-the-heart vocals, but also sets the groove with a subtle, light percussion.  

Peter Lehman, theorbo (lute) and vocals. After decades of performing in historically informed styles, Peter branched out and rekindled the innovation typical of the ancient lutenists. It was the instrument of choice in Shakespeare’s time, and the large lutes, like the theorbo, appear in the earliest vocal plays – soon to be named opera. Peter, a founding member of The C#s, is one of the very few to use the theorbo in a contemporary setting.

Fabio Pirozzolo is an Italian drummer, multi-percussionist and singer currently based in Boston. Originally from Terracina, Italy, he started his career as a folk percussionist, playing Italian frame drums tamburello and tammorra, in one of the most famous folk groups in his area. He traveled throughout Europe, playing concerts and giving lectures on regional Italian frame drum techniques. Fabio performs in virtually any genre of music from jazz to world music to rock.

This concert takes place in the Reading Room of the Robbins Library on Sunday, January 21, 2024 at 3 pm. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. The event is free and open to all.

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