Artists from the Family Album

Family Album

Performing in the 2014 Green Show on Tuesday, July 22, Tuesday, July 29 and August 31.

This is their first season in the OSF Green Show.

Funky instrumentals, dreamy lullabies, supple vocals, & improvisation defying expectation.

Marika Hughes, Cee Gibbs, Dana Lyn, Luqman Brown and Vinni Sperrazza are all cast members of this summer’s original OSF production of Stew's new musical, Family Album. Each musician/actor is a band leader in their own right, all are Brooklyn based and will be bringing their eclectic sounds and original music to the Green Show this summer.

Marika Hughes
Granddaughter of the great cellist Emanuel Feuermann, and a childhood regular on Sesame Street, cellist Marika Hughes grabs tradition by its head, reshaping the landscape of genre and sound. Her cello stylings are reminiscent of her classical upbringing yet defy expectation as she moves us with her supple vocals though jazz, funk, rock and back again. She has two records under her own name: The Simplest Thing and Afterlife Music Radio: 11 New Pieces for Solo Cello. She plays regularly with her band Bottom Heavy and they will release their debut album in 2015. Marika is a storyteller for The Moth and is an occasional guest host on WQXR’s All Ears. She has performed and recorded with a vast array of artists including Whitney Houston, Lou Reed, Santana, David Byrne and Quartet San Francisco among others.

Dana Lyn
Violinist and pianist Dana Lyn inhabits a musical world somewhere in the Venn diagram of 70's art rock, classical, traditional Irish and improvised music. She has collaborated with actordirectors Ethan Hawke and Vincent D'Onofrio, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Susan McKeown and the edgy string quartet Brooklyn Rider, among others. Her quintet, Mother Octopus, made its first recording last year via Ropeadope Records entitled Aqualude and was heralded by music critic Dave Sumner as "a gorgeous and intriguing album, and one of those rare instances when a recording that sounds like nothing else has the possibility to appeal to just about everybody."

Christian Gibbs (aka C.Gibbs)
A NYC singer-songwriter who has released over 12 albums under monikers such as C. Gibbs, Lucinda Black Bear and others. Rolling Stone Magazine has called him “The country brother of Tom Waits” and Billboard said “rarely do you hear songs that are this deep, this profound.” Gibbs has also performed in the Tony Award Winning Broadway musical Passing Strange (Stew) and appeared in the Spike Lee film of the same name. He has shared the stage with Margaret Cho, John Mellencamp, Little Richard, Son Volt, John Doe and
many more. Most recently he completed a tour of the U.S., Switzerland and Germany in support of his last album Sleep The Machines.