THE NIGHTINGALE TRIO with Mama Caught Fire

The Cedar and KFAI Present

THE NIGHTINGALE TRIO with Mama Caught Fire

Sun, February 18, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Cedar Cultural Center

Minneapolis, MN

$12 Advance / $15 Day of show

This event is all ages

This is a seated show.

Tickets are available online, by phone, ​and at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.

The Nightingale Trio
The Nightingale Trio
The Nightingale Trio returns to Minnesota for their first performance after a year of travel and study. The Nightingale Trio is an all-woman vocal group devoted to studying and celebrating the rich women’s vocal traditions of Eastern Europe and the Balkans. With sounds that could fill a hall and the tight harmonies of a family band, the Nightingale Trio captures this amazing tradition's incomparable richness, dizzying rhythms, and raw, earthy power. An emerging force on the global folk music scene, the Nightingale Trio serves as emissaries of the deep women's folk tradition from Eastern Europe.

“Izvora,” the Nightingale Trio's second full-length album, was released in St. Paul, MN in September 2016. On the album, the Nightingale Trio is rich with nuance and fire, and leverages their unique and diverse vocal backgrounds to bring new spirit to old sounds, effectively bringing the music of Eastern European tradition into the palette of today’s new folk generation. The album includes dazzling arrangements of ancient songs from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Russia, and the Republic of Georgia. For the listener, “Izvora” ignites the imagination—vocalists Nila Bala, Sarah Larsson, and Rachel LaViola deftly draw the listener into stories of women’s struggle and triumph around the world. From one track to another their voices range from the strident, brassy sound of village celebrations to lush and heartwrenching ballads of love and loss.

Nila Bala, Sarah Larsson, and Rachel LaViola met as students at Yale, and have toured together since 2013. The Nightingale Trio has performed on “A Prairie Home Companion,” and collaborated with Twin Cities favorites Prairie Fire Lady Choir, Ethnic Dance Theater, Sara Pajunen, Aida Shahghasemi, Siama Matuzungidi, Hummingbirds, and Artemis. Performance highlights include Zlatne Uste Golden Festival (NYC), ArtScape (Baltimore), Capital Fringe Festival (DC), Basilica Cathedral of St. Joseph (San Jose), St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (Minneapolis), Bedlam Theatre (St. Paul), and Icehouse (Minneapolis). The Trio has studied vocal technique and music of the Balkans and Eastern Europe with master-singers Tsvetanka Varimezova (Bulgaria), Petrana Koutcheva (Bulgaria), Drazen Kurilovcan (Croatia), Bojana Djordjevic (Serbia), and Mary Sherhart (Bosnia). The Trio tours together while maintaining day jobs and study in the fields of law, cultural anthropology, and software engineering.

Awarded the Howard B. and Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment grant in 2016, the Nightingale Trio has been engaged in commissioning new arrangements of Jewish women’s folksongs in collaboration with women composers from across the U.S. The Trio will premier two of these new arrangements at this show: one by Ayanna Woods (of Yadda-Yadda, Chicago IL) and one by Olga Amelkina-Vera (of Kithara Duo, Dallas TX).

The Nightingale Trio will be joined by special guests for a musical celebration of their return to Minneapolis.

Recommended if you like: Wailin Jennys, Joseph, The Staves, Mountain Man, Beirut, Balkan Beat Box, Kitka, Les Mysteres Des Voix Bulgares
Mama Caught Fire
Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, Mama Caught Fire is an all-female trio whose music explores intricate harmony, emotional storytelling, and the power of the voice.

Band members Abigail Tuominen, Molly Sowash, and Julia Hobart met as students at Macalester College in 2013. All three write for the group, which performs around the Twin Cities.
Venue Information:
Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN, 55454


Ticket options and info

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are not always available at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus & The Cedar.

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  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm M-F ($2 fee per ticket)
  • In person: Tickets can be purchased at The Cedar when we are open for shows. Check our calendar for show dates and door times  (no fee; cash, check, credit card). Our other ticket outlets are Depth of Field (no fee; cash or check only), and Electric Fetus (approximately $2 fee).
  • Online: (On Ticketfly, typically $2–$3 fee/ticket + $1 restoration fee) until 2 hours before door time on day of show
  • The Cedar is an all ages venue
  • Discounts: Students with ID, seniors over 65, and children under 12 may purchase tickets at a discount at the door (subject to ticket availability).
  • Access: The Cedar strives to make our facilities and programming available to as many community members as possible and will accommodate special requests to the best of our ability. To request special accommodations or seating at an upcoming Cedar show, please contact our box office at 612-338-2674 or