Matt Bednarsky / Escaping Pavement
Music at 8:00 pm (Doors at 7:30 pm)
People try to box others in. Genres and artist comparisons are how the public makes sense of a musician. You cant really do that with Matt Bednarsky.
Born to a jazz guitarist and music teacher father and a mother with a classical pedigree, Matt grew up in Shelton, CT engulfed in music. He began violin at the age of 4 (soon after left behind), guitar at age 8, and started singing probably not long after he could make farm animal noises. He first put pen to paper in songwriting at the age of 12.
Matt attended New York University and studied Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, psychology, and music. After studying abroad in Italy, graduating from NYU, and living at an orphanage in Trujillo, Peru for eight months, he eventually found himself back in NYC and immersed in Greenwich Villages singer/songwriter community. However, it wasnt long until he made the move to Nashville in 2013 to dive into Music Citys vibrant scene.
Since then, Matts been full steam ahead.
Hes released three full-length studio albums, A Bigger Picture (in part executive produced by Ed Cash) in 2014, Two (co-produced with Gus Berry) in 2015, and Luminescence (co-produced with Neilson Hubbard) in 2017.
Hes toured the country and the world, playing to audiences in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia.
He opened for legendary British artist Joan Armatrading on multiple engagements during her final major tour as well as soulful American Idol Season 9 Runner-Up Crystal Bowersox.
He was named a 2015 Artist of the Year by Concerts In Your Home.
And, hes built upon his expansive internet presence; currently he has over 2.7 million cumulative views on YouTube.
If his body of work up til now is any indication, the future is bright for Matt Bednarsky.
From Detroit to Pasadena, to the high seas and then back to Detroit; its only when singer/songwriter duo Emily Burns and Aaron Markovitz escaped the neon blitz and car-strewn concrete of the city that they discovered how well their music could bloom when they brought it back to the roots. There is so much life and vitality in the Americana-folk journeys of Escaping Pavement, sprung entirely from an acoustic guitar, a mandolin, and two voices. Fiery passion, wistful reflection, awestruck adventurousness, and heartstring-plucking poignancy, the duo discovers, through song, the range of human emotion and celebrates the purities of what weve left behind for the artifices of tech trends, drug stores and cacophonous city centers.
Their romance together came only after they started singing songs together, having met in 2005, as teenagers, at an open-mic night. From there, they would continue collaborating in several other bands together, but they stepped up their game when they both got accepted to the Los Angeles College of Music. When they graduated, they hopped a cruise ship as part of a band running through covers of Top 40s hits for waltzing baby-boomers. They came back to Detroit, but discovered that after two years of singing songs together on that cruise ship, for four hours a day, seven days a week, their singing voices had become fused into a perfect harmony.
Started in 2012, Escaping Pavement released their debut, Uprooted in the summer of 2013, with the stomp of drums and the growl of the guitars giving it more of a blues-rock feel. However, soon after, Burns and Markovitz felt their inspirations being drawn toward the sounds of folk, country, bluegrass and Americana, and so Escaping Pavement became a duo, with unplugged string instruments, and centered on the surest magic of their musical collaboration, their voices in melodic unison. The grit and swagger of Burn This Bridge (from Uprooted) sounds a world away from Fuel The Fire, the lead single from 2016s The Night Owl, where the eureka being shared by its two singers is palpable, that theyve discovered their natural environment. That the music they make should, itself, sound like a natural environment.
The talent, the chemistry, the holistic mindset, it shines in every song. Burns and Markovitz have dismissed glitz and glamour, no amp feedback or laser light shows, no bandwagons hopped nor convoluted fusing of disparate subgenres; just the beauty of acoustic music and the warm rejuvenation of two vocal intonations that perfectly complement one another.
The Detroit-Music-Award winning album, The Night Owl was released in summer of 2016, and songs like Fuel The Fire, Derailed, and Mary crackle and shine with the synchronicity theyve built up over a dozen years together. With Escaping Pavement, were reminded about how vital of an instrument the human voice can be, how much a shared relationship manifests harmonic magic, and how restorative it can be, as a listener, to get back to the basics, the roots, the acoustic timbres and twangs, the elegance of which we may have forgotten while we were distracted by billboards, nightclubs and Instagram feeds How wonderful it is, to escape the pavement, and get some dirt, and gravel under your shoes again. Have you escaped the pavement, lately?
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