September 16, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Sonia Rutstein will return to Illinois Wesleyan's Blue Moon Coffeehouse Saturday Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. This time she will perform with her folk-pop band disappear fear, featuring percussionist Laura Cerulli. The Blue Moon Coffeehouse is located in the Young Main Lounge of the Memorial Center (104 E. University St., Bloomington).
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and coffee, tea, and light pastries will be available for purchase. Admisison for students, faculty and staff is free with a valid IWU id. Tickets are $10 and are currently available at The Garlic Press in uptown Normal (108 W. North St., Normal), through the telephone request line at (309) 556-3815, requested by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and at the venue beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the night of the performance.
Sonia and disappear fear released their last album, t a n g o, in 2007. Critics cheered the group's tight harmonies and use of global beats and rhythms, evocative of Latin and Middle Eastern sounds. The group has toured around the world playing venues ranging from a sold-out show at the Sydney Opera House to a cramped bomb shelter in Israel. One trip to perform at a girl's summer camp in Palestine inspired Rutstein to start Guitars for Peace, after the girls asked if they could keep her guitar. The charity delivers guitars to children in impoverished and war torn areas.
Rutstein's social and political ideals have always influenced her music. Her desires for peace, equality and the absence of fear are reflected in her lyrics and even in her band's name. The album has songs recorded in four different languages, including Hebrew and Arabic, which the group learned in order to be able to communicate their message to more people. Critics note that the global sound of t a n g o provides testament to Rutstein's passion for global harmony.
Critics have also applauded the fearless stage presence, inspiring lyrics, and infectious energy that makes this group a joy to see in concert. For additional information about disappear fear's concert at Illinois Wesleyan go to the Blue Moon Coffeehouse Web site at http://titan.iwu.edu/~bluemoon//. To learn more about disappear fear visit their Web site at www.disappearfear.com.
Contact: Hannah Griffin '12, (309) 556-3181