Leyla McCalla is not your average roots musician: a New York-born Haitian-American living in New Orleans, who sings in French, Haitian Creole, and English and plays cello, tenor banjo, and guitar, she is deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun, and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk. Her sound is at once earthy, elegant, soulful, and witty – it vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive, and contemporary. She has a new record coming out this year, and will be at FreshGrass to perform a newly commissioned live score to silent film as part of our FreshScores program.