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The Rhythm Future Quartet @ Cotuit Center for the Arts

When: Sun Dec 8th
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Cotuit Center for the Arts |4404 Route 28 | Cotuit

The Rhythm Future Quartet at Cotuit Center for the Arts

Cotuit Center for the Arts presents the Rhythm Future Quartet, featuring Olli Soikkeli, on Sunday, December 8, at 8 PM.

Named after a Django Reinhardt tune, the Rhythm Future Quartet performs dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz, standards and original compositions. The four young jazz virtuosos who make up the quartet—Jason Anick on violin, Olli Soikkeli and Vinny Raniolo on guitars, and Greg Loughman on bass—are  all accomplished musicians in their own right

Born in Finland, Olli Soikkeli started playing guitar at age of 12 and was introduced to the music of gypsy jazz great Django Reinhardt a few years later. Gypsy jazz became Soikkeli’s main focus and he soon excelled. It was not long before he was playing in jazz clubs and festivals all around Finland.

Now only 22, Soikkeli is considered one of the best gypsy jazz guitarists in the world and has already played with stars such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Öberg, Paulus Schäfer, Antti Sarpila and Marian Petrescu. He tours regularly tours and has recorded two CDs.

Boston-based Jason Anick, 27, is a performer, composer, and one of the youngest instructors at Berklee College of Music. He soon made a name for himself in the world of jazz violin and mandolin, winning top honors for improvisation in the ATSA Alternative Styles competition in 2007 and performed with the Robin Nolan Trio at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

While he was a senior at Hartt Conservatory in 2008, Anick began touring nationally and internationally with Grammy award-winning Nashville guitarist John Jorgenson. He recorded a CD with Jorgenson and, in 2011, recorded a critically acclaimed solo album, “Sleepless.”

He has performed around the world and is a sought-after educator, teaching violin and mandolin to students at string camps, workshops, and clinics around the world.
Guitarist Vinny Raniolo has already toured 14 countries, playing alongside many of the finest musicians in the world, such as Frank Vignola, Tommy Emmanuel, Bucky Pizzarelli and David Grisman. He was featured in a PBS documentary, “Four Generations of Guitar," in which he represents the younger generation.

Greg Loughman started playing electric bass a 15 in Zanesville, Ohio. He studied electric and upright bass in college and quickly became one of the top freelance jazz bassists in the Midwest. Now based in Boston, Loughman has performed with such musicians as Curtis Fuller, JoAnne Brackeen, Mark Murphy, and others and has toured internationally. He is on the faculty member at the University of Maine, Bates College, and Bowdoin College.

Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors, and $17 for members. Premium tables with reserved seating and a bottle of wine are also available. A Silver table for four is $200, and a Gold table for four is $300. For more information and to order wine, visit artsonthecape.org.

Cotuit Center for the Arts is at 4404 Route 28 in Cotuit. For more information;  call 508-428-0669, or visit artsonthecape.org.

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