Alba’s Edge is a tapestry of cultures – the expressive melodies of Scottish fiddle music woven together with jazz improvisation and harmony, funk bass lines, and the rhythms of Latin America – to form a cohesive and singular musical experience. Fiddle, piano, drums and bass come together seamlessly in a new sound that BBC Radio Scotland has called “a wonderful concoction”. Alba’s Edge performs across the US at venues ranging from house concerts to festival stages.
Pianist and bandleader Neil Pearlman comes from a musical background uniquely suited to such a project. Raised in a family deeply rooted in Scottish music and dance, Neil studied jazz piano extensively and further expanded his musical horizons into Brazilian, Afro-Colombian and Cuban music while studying in New York. Neil’s sister, fiddler Lilly Pearlman, has had a similar artistic journey, growing up with Scottish culture and falling in love with the dance and music of Brazil, Cuba and beyond. The band is rounded out by percussionist Jacob Cole, a recent graduate of the NEC Jazz program, and bassist Doug Berns, a well-respected player on the NYC music scene and longtime musical colleague of Neil’s.