June 27, 2011
American Guitar Masters - Peter Janson and Larry Pattis
American Guitar Masters artists Peter Janson and Larry Pattis are two acclaimed American Fingerstyle acoustic guitarists whose solo careers encompass nearly 50 years of performing and recording, and whose sensibilities are very much affected by today's world. They have numerous recordings to their credit and have performed widely across North America, from large concert stages, to elite clubs, to intimate house concerts.
Although the definitive history of music in the early 21st Century has yet to be written, one theme is evident: music is accessible as never before. But something may have been lost in the process: intimacy - the quality of the musical experience to transport the listener to his or her own place, above the noise and confusion of the culture. This means the artist must provide much more than background music or music that is pleasantly diverting. It must be music that not only entertains, but is also evocative and engrossing, with roots in tradition and a sense of history, while addressing and capturing the sounds, rhythms, and urgency of the contemporary world.
Intimacy in performance, however, involves more than simply having notes come out of the guitar. It involves establishing a deep connection between the artist and the audience, with a deep respect for the audience on the part of the performer. The music must be compelling, to be sure, but the concert experience must also be much more than the artist saying, in effect, "Sit there and watch me play." It must honor the audience.
American Guitar Masters artists Peter Janson and Larry Pattis share a mutual devotion to the heart and soul of guitar music. Their common vision is in bringing forth the highest level of emotive qualities of the acoustic guitar; their common goal is to delight the audience with landscape and mood of the life experiences that are the foundation of their music.
Rare indeed is the guitarist that brings this passion and effortless mastery to the musical journey. With American Guitar Masters we find two mature artists united in cause and spirit, bringing life to their music as only they uniquely can.
December 11, 2011
The Exiles are a Rhode Island-based trio featuring three members of the band Pendragon. The Exiles perform dance tunes, songs, waltzes and airs and elaborate on the cultural and historical context of their music while projecting a relaxed and humorous stage presence. The Exiles feature Bob Drouin on fiddle, bouzouki, whistle and vocals; Russell Gusetti on guitar, concertina and vocals; and Josh Kane on flute, whistles, bodhran and electric bagpipe.
They feature tunes from Ireland, Scotland, and French Canada and also perform original music.
March 23, 2012
Aoife Clancy (pronounced “Eefa”) brings a refreshing new voice to folk music, one that ranges from traditional Irish songs to ballads and contemporary folk. Aoife comes from the small town of Carrick-on-Suir, in Co Tipperary, Ireland, where her musical career began at an early age. Her father Bobby Clancy of the legendary Clancy Brothers, placed a guitar in her hands at age ten, and by age fourteen was playing with her father in nearby pubs.
June 1, 2012
The International String Trio
The International String Trio (IST) is a group of exceptionally talented musicians, all alumni of Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. The group prides itself on its stylistic diversity, delivering Gypsy jazz, Appalachian folk, and acoustic world music. The IST enjoys using the diverse cultural backgrounds of its members, hailing from Russia, Japan and England, to influence its stylistic diversity and unique performance aesthetic. Their shows are enormously entertaining, as the Trio strives to provide energetic yet intimate performances. The group’s latest CD release, Appalachia, is an acoustic collection of refined and articulate arrangements, exclusive to this rare instrumentation. IST members Slava Tolstoy, Ben Powell and Ippei Ichimaru delivered a night of music that everyone will always remember. Thanks!