French for 'night-owl,' Noctambule are Marla Fibish
and Bruce Victor from San Francisco.
They play a variety of musical forms - traditional
Irish tunes and songs, their own compositions written
in traditional forms, and compelling settings of a broad
range of poetry.
This unique collaboration brings out surprising qualities
in these seasoned musicians. Their work is rendered
with lush beauty, sensitivity and humour on an unusual
array of strings - different guitars in varied tunings,
mandola, mandolin, cittern, tenor guitar - and their
In performance, Bruce and Marla take you on a journey.
Their love of traditional music shines through their
instruments. They wrap you in their exquisitely crafted
songs, bringing diverse selections of poetry to life
with music and voice.
Reviewers have portrayed their work with descriptions
such as - 'irregular phrases, unpredictable meters and
strangely beautiful harmonies'; 'glittering musical
imaginations grounded in joyful glorious experience'
and simply, 'folk music at its best - hand made, without
Marla is one of the prominent voices of the mandolin
in Irish music. She brings a deep and distinctive sensibility
to the music on one of its lesser heard instruments.
Bruce is an eclectic and accomplished guitarist and
composer, who plays different guitars in different tunings.
Seemingly resisting any single musical genre, he has
been labeled a 'poly-stylist' by one of the editors
of Acoustic Guitar magazine.
A Noctambule experience is like no other - a wake-up
call for body and soul. For more details about Bruce
and Marla's music, visit www.noctambulemusic.com.