Noctambule is Marla Fibish & Bruce Victor. They take their name from one of the songs on their acclaimed CD Travel in the Shadows, their setting of a Robert Service poem about a nocturnal ramble through the unsavory back alleys of Paris. The recording is centered on the idea of the ‘night journey,’ the opportunity to see and experience things differently once the usual sources of light have been extinguished. All the songs are original settings of poetry from a variety of poets– Tennyson, Neruda, Roethke, St. Vincent Millay, and several from Robert Service. There are original instrumental pieces as well, and a traditional song. The music is rendered with lush beauty, sensitivity and humor on an unusual array of strings – various guitars in varied tunings, mandola, mandolin, bouzouki, tenor guitar, accordion, and their blended voices.
Marla Fibish is well known in the Irish music world, bringing a musicality and excitement to the tradition that is seldom heard on the mandolin. She is also known for her compositions, musical settings of poetry and instrumental pieces that have been featured in her work with Out of the Rain, and Three Mile Stone, and on her recording with Jimmy Crowley, The Morning Star. In addition to the mandolin, Marla brings mandola, tenor guitar, bouzouki, accordion, and her alto voice to the Noctambule sound.
Bruce Victor is an eclectic and accomplished guitarist and composer, who plays several different guitars in several different tunings. Seemingly resisting any single musical genre, he has been labeled a ‘poly-stylist,’ and has played with The Sirens of San Francisco, The Triplicates, and as a solo performer. He was the founder of The Acoustic Vortex, a non-profit musical organization that produced house concerts, mentored youth performers, and performed benefit concerts for other non-profit organizations. He is also a practicing psychiatrist and was a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
In performance, Bruce and Marla take all comers on a fun and varied musical ramble, blending their diverse backgrounds in sometimes surprising ways. You’ll hear lilting and sometimes driving Irish tunes, whiffs of Motown, beautiful airs, poignant and funny songs, and be invited to join them on their musical explorations into the night.
You’ll find lots more info about them, and you can hear sample tracks from the album at www.noctambulemusic.com.
The concert will be Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm and the suggested donation is $20 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, please see our about page.