Kenneth Ford Theatre, College of the Siskiyous Weed, CA
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Summer String Summit 2012
Grand National Fiddle Champions Plan Best Musical Lineup Yet for 8th Annual String Summit
All-Star Concert Features Bluegrass-Folk Titan Tim O'Brien, Fiddler/Composer Darol Anger (Founding Member Of The David Grisman Quintet), Appalachian-Pop/Chinese Folk Singer/Songwriter/Banjoist Abigail Washburn, Indian Tabla Master Ty Burhoe, Wildly Inventive Cello-Goblin Rushad Eggleston, Jazz Violin Genius Billy Contreras, Folk-Pop Singer Jesse Harper, Scottish Fiddle Champion Jeremy Kittel, Irish Tenor Banjo Virtuoso Dave Cory, Appalachian Fiddle Phenom Brittany Haas, Tony Trischka ("one of the most impressive banjoists alive" -Billboard), Bluegrass Veteran Mark Shatz (Appalachian Clogger, And Bassist Of Platinum-Selling Band Nickel Creek), Bluegrass Guitar Master David Grier, Scottish/Jazz Harpist Maeve Gilchrist, chambergrass innovators The Bee Eaters, And Many Surprise Guests.
Weed, CA (May 15, 2012)Many of America's most influential and brilliant acoustic musicians will gather, Wednesday July 11, 2012, 7 p.m., at College of the Siskiyous' Kenneth Ford Theatre for what promises to be the summer's most memorable concert, Summer String Summit 2012, produced by renowned acoustic musicians and educators Tristan and Tashina Clarridge and supported by the Siskiyou Arts Council.
Now in it's 8th year, the concert has earned a reputation as an evening of epic proportions, each July uniting a staggering array of the most influential and innovative performers from the worlds of bluegrass, jazz, Celtic, old-time and pop music for an evening of music and dance that will take the audience on a stunning cross-genre journey, with many special guests and spontaneous collaborations. This one-time lineup isn't to be found anywhere else in the world.
Six-time Grand National Fiddle Champions and northern California natives Tashina and Tristan Clarridge have, literally, grown up in the company of these musicians. Acclaimed in their own rights, both have risen to become sought-after performers and teachers in the new acoustic tradition.
Tickets to the Summer String Summit are available at Village Books in Mt. Shasta, The Music Coop in Ashland, from BrownPaperTickets.com and by calling (800) 838-3006 (24/7 hotline). Tickets are available at the door and can be purchased with cash or by check. Adults: $20 Advance / $22 Door children 12 and under: $5 / $7 Kenneth Ford Theatre 800 College Ave Weed, CA www.SummerStringSummit.com
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS: A winner of multiple Grammy and IBMA Awards, Tim O'Brien is recognized as one of the most influential performers and songwriters in acoustic and bluegrassmusic. Since he first gained renown as a founding member of one of bluegrass' premiere bands, Hot Rize, Tim has gone on to release nearly a dozen highly acclaimed albums, collaborating with numerous artists such as Del McCoury, Earl Scruggs, Edgar Meyer, Darrell Scott, Maura O'Connell, Paul Brady, Seamus Egan, Kathy Mattea and Steve Earle. www.TimOBrien.net
Grammy nominated fiddler/composer Darol Anger was a founding member of the David Grisman Quintet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, and his own Republic of Strings. His ideas and sound have reshaped fiddling all over the globe, inspiring 3 generations of players. He can be heard on NPR's Car Talk every week, with Earl Scruggs, Tony Rice, and David Grisman. www.DarolAnger.com
Singing, songwriting, Nashville-based clawhammer banjoist Abigail Washburn is "a daring, definite talent" (Wall Street Journal) who's every bit as interested in the present and the future as she is in the past, and every bit as attuned to the global as she is to the local. From chinese folk songs to old-time sensation Uncle Earl to her own Sparrow Quartet (which featured 10-time Grammy winning banjoist Bela Fleck), Abigail pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody's ever heard before- "Appalachia and folk-pop, with tinges of Asia and Bruce Springsteen" -The New York Times www.AbigailWashburn.com
Grammy nominated banjo legend Tony Trischka was called "One of the most impressive banjoists alive" (Billboard) and "The godfather of what's sometimes called new acoustic music" (New York Times) His CD Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular, featuring guests such as comedian/banjoist Steve Martin, and Earl Scruggs, earned him IBMA awards for Banjo Player of the Year, Instrumental Album of the Year, and Recorded Event of the Year. A true banjo legend for the past 3 decades, Tony has played banjo with a long list of incredibly diverse luminaries including Bruce Springsteen, Steve Martin, Ralph Stanley, Doc Watson, The Boston Pops, Sam Bush, Alison Krauss, Bill Monroe, and Bela Fleck. www.TonyTrischka.com
A disciple of the great Indian tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain since 1990, Ty Burhoe is wholly dedicated to music as a career and as a spiritual path. He is internationally recognized for his uplifting presence in Indian classical settings, and for his unique collaborations, weaving tabla with other world traditions. Ty is instrumental in bringing together the many faces of the arts. Founder of Tala Records, he teaches "Sound and Spirit" workshops focused on the spiritual nature of sound, as well as tabla intensives throughout the world. www.TyBurhoe.com
Appalachian clog dancer, veteran bluegrass bassist, and longtime member of the platinum-selling band Nickel Creek, Mark Shatz was twice named IBMA Bass Player of the Year and has worked and/or recorded with an impressive variety of artists including Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Maura O'Connell, Tony Rice, John Hartford and Tim & Mollie O'Brien. He is the Musical Director for the internationally-acclaimed Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble.
Born in a log cabin in Big Sur CA, Cello-goblin Rushad Eggleston is a masterful improviser and a wildly inventive performer; he's known for his revolutionary cello playing, semi-acrobatics, and motivational songs from his own land of Sneth. Two decades of practicing and meditation led Rushad to invent bluegrass cello, co-found folk-bluegrass sensation Crooked Still, and earn a Grammy nomination with the all-star group Fiddlers 4. In 2007 he strapped on his cello and unleashed the cello-driven rock band Tornado Rider. This will mark his first String Summit appearance since 2008. www.TornadoRider.com
A masterful bluegrass guitarist with a sharp wit, David Grier is "a willful, accurate instrumentalist who's every note seems to run through a bright, intelligent sieve. He maintains an unqualified standard of excellence... always with a knack for unorthodox surprise". (Claire Lynch) Grier is featured on the Grammy Winning recording, "True Life Blues-The Songs of Bill Monroe" and is a three-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year. www.DavidGrier.com
Old-time fiddle phenomenon Brittany Haas has toured the world with folk/ bluegrass sensation Crooked Still and performed with Steve Martin on The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Saturday Night Live. "Brittany is a joy to listen to and her style just makes you feel happy."-Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster www.CrookedStill.com
U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion and brilliant jazz violinist Jeremy Kittel holds a Masters in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music. He is a member of the Grammy winning Turtle Island Quartet, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center, and on A Prairie Home Companion. "Jeremy is an excellent musician." -Chick Corea www.JeremyKittel.com
Lauded by many as one of the greatest jazz violinists alive, Billy Contreras tours with country music legend George Jones, and has recorded for the likes of Willie Nelson.
Dave Cory is a leading exponent of irish tenor banjo, known for his driving impeccable rhythm, innovative variations, and abounding virtuosity coupled with profound understanding of the traditional idiom.
Tashina Clarridge, the 2005 Grand National Fiddle Champion, has performed at Carnegie Hall with renowned bassist Edgar Meyer, and has toured with Mark O'Connor, Laurie Lewis, Tony Trischka and others. Five-time Grand National Fiddle Champion and brilliant cellist Tristan Clarridge is a member of internationally acclaimed group Crooked Still and has toured with Natalie MacMaster, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, and Bruce Molsky.
Their trio The Bee Eaters, featuring hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman, combines "chamber music's finely calibrated arrangements with bluegrass's playful virtuosity and pop music's melodic resourcefulness" according to The Boston Globe. www.BeeEaters.com
Maeve Gilchrist is "a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity" (Dirty Linen) www.MaeveGilchristMusic.com
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This project is supported by the Siskiyou Arts Council.
Kenneth Ford Theatre, College of the Siskiyous (View)
800 College Ave.
Weed, CA 96094