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Summer String Summit 2011
Kenneth W. Ford Theatre
Weed, CA
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Summer String Summit 2011
All-Star Concert Features Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Tony Trischka, Roger Tallroth,  Brittany Haas, Jeremy Kittel, Nic Gareiss, Billy Contreras, The Bee Eaters, and literally dozens of others.

Weed, CA (June 3, 2011)Many of America's most influential and brilliant acoustic musicians will gather here Wednesday July 6, 2011 at 7:30 p.m., at College of the Siskiyous Kenneth Ford Theatre for what promises to be the summer's most memorable concert, Summer String Summit 2011, produced by renowned acoustic musicians and educators Tashina and Tristan Clarridge.

The 7th annual event will bring together many of the most influential and innovative musicians from the worlds of bluegrass, jazz, Celtic, old-time and Swedish folk 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.

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 American acoustic tradition.

"This show is absolutely the dream show of the year for anybody interested in acoustic music, strings, or fiddling," said Darol Anger.  "I've watched these young artists grow up.  They are the future, but they're happening right now. Bring your kids and watch their ears grow big and their eyeballs pop."

Tickets to the Summer String Summit also available at Village Books in Mt. Shasta, The Music Coop in Ashland, and at the door.

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 has 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.

Appalachian fiddle master Bruce Molsky explores traditional music from an astonishingly broad range of cultures, synthesizing them and refracting them through his own evolving sensibilities to the point where the sources of his inspiration transform themselves into a sound that is uniquely his.  His extensive list of collaborators includes luminaries such as Mike Seeger, Bill Frisell, Mozaik, and the Grammy nominated Fiddlers 4, with a list of performances that includes Lincoln Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, NPR's All Things Considered, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

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.

Guitar virtuoso / composer Roger Tallroth will journey from Uppsala Sweden to make his Summer String Summit debut.  A master of traditional Swedish folk music with ears wide open to the sounds around him, Roger is revered by musicians around the world for pioneering a powerful new approach to the 12-string guitar, in a tuning he invented himself.
He helped found the internationally renown folk band Vasen, now with nearly a dozen albums and a Swedish Grammy to their credit.

Old-time fiddle phenomenon Brittany Haas tours the world with folk/bluegrass sensation Crooked Still.  She has 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

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

Nic Gareiss "may be the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene." (Boston Herald)  
The Bay City Times calls him "Mesmerizinga whirling dervish in tap shoes."
Since the age of eight, Nic has been intrigued by cultures that employ the feet as rhythmic entities, transforming dance into a musical activity that appeals to both the eyes and the ears. This fascination has led Nic on an international study of shoe-sounds and grooves from Irish sean-nós dance, to American flat-footing, to Quebecois gigue.  Following his studies at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Nic has collaborated with The Chieftains, Alasdair Fraser, and Liz Carroll, performing throughout North America, Ireland, Scotland, France, Belgium, and Australia.

Widely recognized as one of his generation's most brilliant innovators, jazz violin cult genius and Nashville recording artist Billy Contreras has recorded for Willie Nelson, and currently tours with George Jones.

Tashina Clarridge, the 2005 Grand National Fiddle Champion, has performed at Carnegie Hall with Grammy winning bassist Edgar Meyer, and has toured with Mark O'Connor, Tony Trischka and others.
Five-time Grand National Fiddle Champion and brilliant cellist Tristan Clarridge tours internationally with folk/bluegrass sensation Crooked Still, and has also toured with Natalie MacMaster, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, and Bruce Molsky.

their quartet The Bee Eaters, featuring hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman, will debut their soon to be released CD, Oddfellows Road at this show.
The Bee Eaters "combines chamber music's finely calibrated arrangements with bluegrass's playful virtuosity and pop music's melodic resourcefulness."   (Boston Globe).

Maeve Gilchrist "a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity" (Dirty Linen)

To schedule interviews with any of the performers, or for high res performer photos, contact Tristan Clarridge: trclarridge@gmail.com
General publicity contact:  Carol Coho - cscoho@sbcglobal.net
This project supported by the Siskiyou Arts Council.


Kenneth W. Ford Theatre
800 College Ave
Weed, CA 96094
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages
Music > Bluegrass
Music > Celtic
Music > Classical
Music > Country
Music > Folk
Music > Global
Music > Jazz
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Minimum Age: 0
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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