A monthly series curated by RDL+, Bay Area Bridges celebrates the Bay Area music scene, with Oakland as its launch pad. Join us this month for an intimate evening of music that will pull on your heartstrings and open your mind featuring RDL+’s Doug Lee on bass, in dialogue with underground soul sensation Aled Ordu. Aled was once a screenwriter -- that is, until he started playing guitar, right here in Oakland. With several albums and tours across Europe, Aled returns to Oakland to share his stories and enrich our ears with soulful melodies. See you there!

 

Aled Ordu

 Aled Ordu   

Aled Ordu

 

Aled Ordu moved to the Bay Area as an escape from the relentless hustle of the film industry. Music was, at first, just a means to be a better director - one who could communicate with composers and better understand the role of music in visual storytelling.

 Doug Lee   

Doug Lee

 

But something happened when he picked up the guitar and started messing around on the piano - songs emerged. Deeper, truer stories than anything he had every attempted to write for the screen. And people were listening. First on street corners and living rooms and soon all over the world when a busking trip blossomed into an adventure that has spawned three albums - with a fourth on the way - and performances in intimate venues on several continents.

Of the 27 cities he played in Europe, Aled spends most of his album-making time amongst a great artistic community in Sofia, Bulgaria, one of the last great underground art capitals of the world. His songs of life and loss seem to resonate well amidst the post-communist landscape, full of contrasting hopes, dreams, decay and new possibilities.

It’s a pleasant surprise to have Aled back in the Bay Area for a pop-up concert - especially since Doug Lee was one of his earliest collaborators and the first friend to put a guitar in Aled’s hands. The two friends have collaborated on several songs together and hopefully, many more.

 

Doors 6:30 pm // Show 7:00

$5-15 sliding scale suggested donation {NOTAFLOF}