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Cello and drum quartet comes to Crossings

Hear quartet Jelloslave on Saturday June 29 at Crossings.

An ensemble pairing cellos with drums, including tablas used in Sikh devotions, will bring its eclectic, explorative music to Zumbrota. Jelloslave plays 8 p.m. Saturday June 29 at Crossing at Carnegie.

The collective diversity of members' individual influences fuels the Jelloslave sound, which draws from the European classical tradition reflected in the cellos, the Hindustani classical rhythms of the tablas, and a continuum of international drumming styles.

The members merge their foundational training with modern extended techniques and their classical education with sonic experimentation and grooves, promoters said.

In addition to the compositions of cellists Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney, Jelloslave's repertoire includes works by J.S. Bach, Manuel de Falla, tangos by Astor Piazzolla -- also songs by George Harrison, Leonard Cohen and Led Zeppelin.

Drummer Greg Schutte has recorded, performed and toured nationally and internationally with many artists, spanning multiple musical genres.

Gary Waryan has studied and played tablas for more than 30 years. His focus is on the lighter folk rhythms of India.

The quartet formed in 2003 and has performed at several major Twin Cities festivals and produced two full-length recordings.

Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 day of show. To reserve tickets, call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Avenue in Zumbrota. For more information, visit

This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State's arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

If you go...

Jelloslave quartet.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday June 29

Where: Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota

Cost: $16 in advance, $18 at the door

More info: 507-732-7616 or