Ari & Mia and Lucy Wise
Event on 2016-05-26 20:00:00
Ari & Mia, Boston's Americana sister act, reference the traditions of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to song and tune-writing and the result is a fresh and contemporary sound.
Ari & Mia "blend a traditional rootsy grounding with a clear background of classical training. Their own works are soothing and fresh, tasteful and accomplished. This duo is taking the classical study of a conservatory program and bringing it alive in folk touring circles,’ says SingOut! Magazine. Both sisters studied at Boston's New England Conservatory in its cutting edge Contemporary Improvisation department. Their newest album, Unruly Heart, ranked high on the national folk radio charts for 2011 and Mia’s song “Across the Water,” won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category. Their new album, Land on Shore, will be released in May 2013.
Ariel Friedman, a classically trained cellist from the Boston area, is one of few musicians to be challenging the boundaries of cello-playing. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2008 where she studied cello performance with Hans Jorgen Jensen, and received a masters of music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory in 2011. A winner of ASTA's 2009 Alternative Styles Award, she is in current exploration of American roots traditions, early jazz, a range of classical repertoire, and in composing songs and pieces influenced by her diverse musical tastes. She tours internationally with Scottish National Fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel, plays with New England's highly acclaimed fiddle band, Childsplay, and has taught at music camps and programs from New England to New Zealand. Mia Friedman began playing violin and singing at an early age. She is largely influenced by American roots music and old-time Appalachian traditions, and blends this with contemporary experimental music in her compositions. She graduated from New England Conservatory in 2012 where she studied with Anthony Coleman, Carla Kihlstedt, and Hankus Netsky, and is an active composer, performer, and educator. Her song "Across the Water" won the 2011 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category. She tours around the United States with Ari and has her own solo act.
Hailing from the far South Western corner of Australia, singer-songwriter Lucy Wise has delighted audiences across Australia, New Zealand and the UK with her unique blend of folk, chamber and pop music combined with masterful storytelling. Drawing inspiration from her background in Appalachian and Celtic folk music, as well as legendary songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, Lucy’s songs sketch universally recognisable stories that are grounded in the realities of everyday experience.
Lucy brought together some of Australia and Scotland’s finest musicians to form the backing band for her two first albums: Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies (debut, 2011), When We Wander Far From Home(2013). The band, “The B’Gollies”, includes Chris Stone (violin), Holly Downes (double bass) and Graham McLeod (guitar) of New-Acoustic Instrumental trio, The String Contingent, and accordionist Mischa Herman of Melbourne’s premier Tango quintet, Colectivo 29. Lucy’s debut album, Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies features songs about people and the small things that illuminate everyday life. Her second album, When We Wander Far From Home is a collection of Lucy’s songs inspired by her travels as a musician. Bringing to life the characters of near and faraway places, the album traverses the landscapes of memory, travel, and human relationships to place.
In 2013 Lucy teamed up with violinist Chris Stone and double bassist Holly Downes to form her current trio lineup – Lucy Wise Trio. They toured their first live EP, A Painting of the Universe to Australian folk festivals through March and April 2015 to high acclaim. The EP consists of five songs, each telling a different story about life in Australia and all inspired by past winning poems of a national schools poetry competition, The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards. The songs on the EP are set in a diversity of Australian landscapes and touch on many issues and themes including love, the social effects of drought, the mystery of ageing, the wonder of learning and creativity, and Australia’s Indigenous heritage.
As well as touring and recording her own projects, Lucy has co-produced several recordings with musician and sound engineer, Mischa Herman, including Maggie Rigby (of Mae Trio) – EP: Tangle of Strings, and Timothy Haines – Single: When I Was Thinking About Her. She is also co-founder ofNeighbourhood Productions, a small production company that nurtures new music and ideas in the suburbs of Melbourne by running house concerts.
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