Susan Werner has done it again; the woman NPR named "Empress of the Unexpected" has brought forth another unique concept album with a national tour to match. Her hew EP, An American In Havana, is a collection of original songs inspired by Werner's recent travels to Cuba. The recording features performances and arrangements by legendary Cuban percussionist Marya Casales (Dizzy Gilespie, Tito Puente, Regina Carter), along with Werner's trademark songcraft and wry, poetic lyrics.
The upcoming multi-city tour will bring An American In Havana and Werner's lively concert persona to audiences across the U.S. The four-month circuit kicks off in September at the Kerrville Fall music Festival in Texas. Joining Werner for many of these shows is Havana born percussionist Mayra Casales, who grew up in a family of Cuban musicians and whose artistry, Werner says, informed all the songs on this record. "Mayra is the real deal, she has not only lived the sotry of Cuban music but plays it, and plays it at a world class level. Going to Cuba is amazing -- and if you can't pul that off this year, going to see Mayra play is the next best thing," says Werner.
A triple threat as a writer, singer and musician, Werner has been one of the most prolific singer/songwriters in the Univted States since her 1995 BMG/Private Music major label debut. Her iconoclastic concept albums, including 2007's agnostic gospel album The Gospel Truth and 2013's tribute to agriculture Hayseed, have won her passionate fans from coast to coast, interviews on NPR's Morning Editiion and Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, and inspired covers from Tom Jones, Michael Feinstein and Betty Buckley, amoung others. She is composer and lyricist for the forthcoming Broadway show, "Bull Durham, The Musical," based on the iconic MGM film.
"Susan Werner, a clever songwriter and engaging performer, brings literacy and wit back to popular song." - The New Yorker
"One of the most innovative songwriters working today." - Chicago Tribune
"When it comes to crafting a song, Ms. Werner's only peers are Jimmy Webb and Paul Simon." - No Depression
Coffee and Cabernet Series
The Coffee and Cabernet Series at Pruis Hall includes 15 world music performances within genres including Celtic, Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Americana, Swing, Folk, etc. Experience these internationally renowned artists in the intimate setting of Pruis Hall at the heart of Ball State University and enjoy a selection of wine or coffee bar while attending the performance. See a list of performances in this series here.
Pruis Hall is situated just off of Woodworth drive next to Bracken Library. This 640-seat venue provides an intimate setting for musical performances and is used to host a variety of special events throughout the school year. Emens Auditorium programs this series of talented musical artists at Pruis Hall.
How to Purchase Tickets
Tickets go on sale Monday, August 6, 2018 at 10 a.m.
Ways to Purchase:
Emens box office
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For more information call the Emens box office at 765-285-1539.
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