Thursday Oct 27, 2016
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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Van Blake employs unusual handmade instruments in her songwriting and performs with Jim Ahrend, Rodney Bowe, Douglas Cardwell and several special surprise guest artists.
Singer-songwriter Carla Van Blake, who performed last year at the Outpost as a featured vocalist with Bobby Shew, was born in the Appalachian Mountains in the early 1950’s and raised in a remote area of West Africa. She now resides in Albuquerque. Her musical career started in the church as a second generation gospel singer while her adult career began in 1993 when she copyrighted her first collection of songs and was featured in California Jazz Now magazine as a promising upcoming artist. Her culturally diverse early musical influences are reflected in her songwriting and she has created several collections of work that feature a wide variety of genres, including a Contemporary Christian collection, portions of which appear on her recently released CD, Latter Rain. Van Blake often employs unusual handmade instruments in her songwriting, such as the Idiopan, which she will use in tonight’s performance. She is joined by Jim Ahrend, piano; Rodney Bowe, bass; & Douglas Cardwell, drums, plus several special surprise guest artists.