Noctambule

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Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor are NOCTAMBULE. They play original and traditional music in a variety of forms – original musical settings of a broad array of poetry, original instrumental pieces, and traditional Irish tunes and songs. This unique collaboration brings out qualities in both of these seasoned musicians that you may not have heard from them before. Their music is rendered with lush beauty, sensitivity and humor on an unusual array of strings – various guitars in varied tunings, mandola, mandolin, bouzouki, cittern, tenor guitar – and their blended voices.

They take the name Noctambule, French for "night-owl," from a Robert Service poem about a nocturnal ramble through the back alleys of Paris, which they have set to music and included on their acclaimed CD Travel in the Shadows. Their first CD together, it explores many forms of the ‘night journey’ in song, offering the traveler the opportunity to see and experience things differently once the usual sources of light have been extinguished. They have selected a broad variety of "noctambulatory" verse from Tennyson, Neruda, Roethke, St. Vincent Millay, and Robert Service. In addition, they include two original instrumental pieces – a reel and a waltz – as well as one traditional Irish song. 

Praise for Travel in the Shadows…

"The irregular phrases, unpredictable meters and strangely beautiful harmonies...overlapping voices, guitars, and TravelInTheShadows_.jpgmandolins conjure a nocturnal world in which the words of some of our finest poets take shape and snap together magically like recently discovered pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Travel in the Shadows is folk music at its best--hand made, without a template."   - Alex DeGrassi

"The arrangements have the kind of genius that reflects lives lived fully, souls not unscathed, but with glittering musical imaginations grounded in joyful glorious experience. The playing is simply beautiful, and the interplay between Bruce's moving, deft yet muscular guitar playing and Marla's always magic mandolin reminds me of watching two strong dancers moving together, creating so much more than the sum of the parts."   - Kevin Carr, Folkworks 

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" by one of the editors of Acoustic Guitar magazine. He 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.

Please visit us at NoctambuleMusic.com.

 


Noctamblog

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April 24, 2015
Noctambule is Bruce Victor and Marla Fibish, and in this video they perform "If I Could Tell You," a poem by W.H. Auden that they put to music.
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December 09, 2014
John Brown's Body, the second Civil War, pining for the fjords, and the Point Richmond Acoustic Music Series.
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October 27, 2014
Here we are playing our friend John Whelan's lovely tune "Trip to Skye" in one of our favorite nocturnal haunts.
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