Alba's Edge is a tapestry of cultures: the expressive melodies of Scottish fiddle music are 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". Their new release Run to Fly ("sophisticated, mellow, contemporary" fRoots) presents all original music from the quartet and is produced by 2014 BBC Folk Musician of the Year Aidan O'Rourke.
The band is fronted by a brother-sister powerhouse in Neil and Lilly Pearlman, who were raised in a family deeply rooted in Scottish music and dance. Neil Pearlman studied jazz piano extensively growing up and further expanded his musical horizons into Brazilian, Afro-Colombian and Cuban music while studying in New York. He is in demand as a performer and teacher across North America and Europe for his unique blend of Celtic, Jazz and World music on the piano. Lilly Pearlman has had a similar artistic journey, absorbing the intricacies of Scottish and Cape Breton fiddling growing up and falling in love with the dance and music of Brazil, Cuba and beyond. In the wake of Neil's solo CD Coffee and the Mojo Hat (Paddledoo Music, 2011), which explored the connections between these seemingly disparate musical worlds, Neil and Lilly joined forces to create Alba's Edge. The quartet is grounded by drummer/percussionist Jacob Cole and bassist Doug Berns, both multi-faceted and versatile musicians in the Boston and New York music scenes. A veteran of Neil's earlier Scottish/Jazz project, Doug lays down the groove with his distinctive bass playing, honed in the funk, afro-beat and jazz communities of New York City. Jacob's varied background in Ska, Indie Rock, Jazz and Latin rhythms provides a lush palette of textures that bring Neil and Lilly's compositions to life.