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Summer String Summit 2016
Kenneth Ford Theatre, College of the Siskiyous
Weed, CA
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Summer String Summit 2016
This one-night lineup isn't to be found anywhere else in the world...

The Summer String Summit has earned a reputation as an evening of epic proportions, each July uniting a staggering array of the most influential and innovative acoustic performers, for a monumental journey of bluegrass, old-time, jazz, Celtic, and Indian music, with many special guests and spontaneous collaborations.  Six-time Grand National Fiddle Champions and northern California natives Tashina and Tristan Clarridge have grown up in the company of these musicians, living and breathing music since the age of two.
Tashina and I were privileged to grow up in an unusual way, which prepared us for the way this event unfolds.  We were very connected as a family, and music was at the heart of it all; we'd sometimes drive 2500 miles to go meet some musicians and get a lesson and go to a fiddle camp, then wed backpack into the woods for weeks at a time and practice fiddles in our tipi where we lived on the side of a mountain.  It was a really simple and beautiful way to grow up, and we want to offer to others something of what we've experienced says Tristan.    This is a gathering of some of the musical friends we've made as we travel through life..  This project isn't a business, it's a community.  And we'll be sharing a good taste of that community, in Weed, on July 9th.

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For the past half century Jody Stecher's deep and vivid music has inspired four generations of musicians and music lovers on five continents. A renowned singer and multi-instrumentalist regarded as one of America's leading traditional folk artists, Jody has collaborated with David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Peter Rowan, Alasdair Fraser,Krishna Bhatt and Kate Brislin to name a few.His Grammy nominated, Indy Award winningrecordingsspan bluegrass, traditional old-time and Indian classical. Jody is known for his "ability to capture the essence and core of traditional music" and "to crystalize the spiritual essence of a song while making it his own". Accolades include " a creative master", "achingly expressive" and "a national treasure".David Bromberg said, "Jody Stecher was basically my teacher. He opened my ears to more beautiful music than anyone else ever did... more than I ever knew existed. He is also one of my favorite musicians on Earth to play with. I have never known anyone so intensely and completely enveloped in music. It's my suspicion that if you drained all the music out of Jody, you could carry what was left around in an eye dropper." "A high, hotly honed voice, sometimes cutting through melodies like a scythe, sometimes unfolding like fine old velvet, warm and worn just right, beyond his years. His guitar, fiddle and mandolin playing are the stuff for which the critical cliches "soulful" and "masterful" were invented. Singing like the ghost of himself, lost in the foggy ruins of time and dreams, Stecher lands the most elusive catch of all  the truth." -No Depression

Roy [Futureman] Wooten is a modern day renaissance man, a groundbreaking drummer, an inventor, composer, and a five-time GRAMMY Award winning member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Audiences first became curious when he appeared in 1988 playing a "Drumitar"  his own invention, using a unique hand drumming technique which allows him to play the drum set electronically with his hands and fingers instead of drum sticks...
Futureman's rhythmic, melodic, harmonic and symphonic explorations led him to compose a new kind of music and a series of large musical works. Young Roy Wooten remembers "I used to keep a quote in my wallet by Miles Davis that said "the melody would be found again in the rhythm of the drums and the bass".
With this new approach to melody, Futureman created his own original ballet dedicated to the many stages of Matriarchy, entitled "Evolution d' Amour" along with a prequel Symphonic work dedicated to Le Comte de Saint Germain, "the Secret of Kings". He composed an " Aesthetic Mathematics" translation of Pi and the golden ratio into a rhythmic and symphonic musical message and also an 8 movement symphonic work and a screenplay for his passion project "CHEVALIER - To Play & To Fight" ... A story celebrating the extraordinary life and times of a mix-raced 18th century composer, conductor, virtuoso violinist and sword fighter who rose from slavery to legendary status.
"It's no accident" Futureman says "especially now that I have realized my own way to melody, harmony and rhythm, that I now see the drumset as a piano and the piano as a drumset".
FuturemanLive.com  Flecktones.com

Violin maestro Kala Ramnath, the contemporary torch bearer of the Mewati Gharana, belongs to a violin dynasty from India- a unique musical lineage of seven generations which straddles both the classical systems of the subcontinent.  Born into a family of prodigious musical talent which has given Indian music such violin legends as Prof. T.N. Krishnan and Dr. N. Rajam, Kala began violin studies at age 3, under the strict tutelage of her grandfather Vidwan. NARAYAN IYER. Simultaneously she received training from her aunt Dr. Smt. N. RAJAM. For fifteen years she put herself under the training of Mewati vocal maestro, Sangeet Martand PANDIT JASRAJ. This has brought a rare vocal emotionalism to her art.
She has performed at all the major music festivals in India, and dozens of music festivals worldwide, such as North Sea Jazz Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, Celebrations of India's fiftieth year of Independence in Europe, Festival of India presented by Government of India in Dhaka Bangladesh,and the South Asian Heritage Festival in Toronto, Canada.  She has extensively toured the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, France, Belgium, Greece, Russia, South Africa, Seychelles, Middle East, Trinidad, Kenya, Tanzania, Australia, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Mauritius etc.

Sean Watkins co-founded Nickel Creek when he was just 12 years old, kickstarting a career thats taken him from the stage of the Grammy Awards to the top of the bluegrass charts. The groundbreaking trio's platinum selling albums earned them a Grammy Award and the respect of musicians and fans everywhere. Along the way, he's become a masterful guitarist, singer and songwriter and a member of many different groups, including the touring bands of legendary singers Jackson Browne and Lyle Lovett. Following the 25 anniversary tour of Nickel Creek, Sean hit the road solo. His brand new release What to Fear is a powerfully honest and insightful lyrical and musical statement, which follows his acclaimed 2014 release "All I do is Lie".

Paul Kowert is recognized as one of the best young bassists in the world.  A student of world renowned bassist & composer Edgar Meyer at Curtis Institute, Paul is known for his monumental work as a member of Grammy winning supergroup Punch Brothers (alongside Chris Thile), and Dave Rawlings Machine (with Gillian Welch), as well as Mike Marshall's Big Trio, Haas/Kowert/Tice, and many others. Paul has toured extensively around the world, performed with the likes of Paul Simon, released critically acclaimed records with Dave Rawlings and Punch Brothers, and contributed music to "Inside Llewyn Davis," "This is Forty," and "The Hunger Games,"and appeared onConan, Leno, Letterman,Jools Holland, A Prairie Home Companion, AustinCity Limits and the Coen Brothers' concert documentary "Another Day, Another Time."
PaulKowert.com -  PunchBrothers.com

A powerfully deft songwriter, singer, guitarist, arranger, and a charismatic performer, Jesse Harper is a founding member and lead singer of acclaimed supergroups Old School Freight Train and Love Canon. A resident of Charlottesville Virginia, Jesse has played thousands of concerts in North America and Europe and performed with many of his musical heroes including David Grisman, Madeleine Peyroux, k.d. lang, Jason Mraz, Josh Ritter, Ricky Skaggs and others. His 2016 release, One True Thing, draws from his signature synthesis of early Jazz, Classical, Folk and Pop music, featuring Jesse's songwriting and collaborations with all of the geniuses he is lucky enough to be friends with.

Ben Krakauer is a phenomenal banjoist and composer with a strikingly original style, drawing on his deep love of bluegrass, new acoustic music (he toured with David Grisman), jazz, and traditional Bengali folk music.

A masterful Texas fiddler, Luke Price began competing in fiddle contests at age 7, going on to win National titles at ages 12 and 17, along with a long list of awards from all over the country, including the Grand Masters in Nashville TN and the National Championship in 2014 and 2015. While continuing to carry on the Texas fiddling and contest traditions, Luke has expanded his playing to many other styles, namely; jazz, soul, blues,funk, bluegrass, and pop.  Rachael Price is a powerful vocalist, and a gifted songwriter.  Together they form the Old Soul Pop duo, DEAN!.  

A true master of Appalachian mountain music, John Herrmann has traveled the world performing for over thirty years, with extensive touring in France, Germany, Italy and Japan.  Equally adept on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and guitar, he has recorded at least fifty records on labels such as Rounder, County, and Sugar Hill, (most notably with Art Stamper and Ralph Blizard), and performed numerous times at the Smithsonian Folk Festival, and the  National Heritage Award Ceremony.  North Carolina fiddler John Engle is a master of the fiddling style of the legendary Tommy Jarrell and others.

Though only 25 years old, mandolinist Dominick Leslie has spent every one of those years immersed in bluegrass and acoustic music, and his innovative style and musical curiosity are informed by these deep roots. He has studied with mandolin masters David Grisman, Mike Marshall and Chris Thile, won numerous mandolin championships, and performed in France as a member of Mike Marshall's Young American Mandolin Ensemble. He has toured with The Bee Eaters, The Grant Gordy Quartet, The Deadly Gentlemen, and many others.

Young violinist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Duncan Wickel is quickly becoming known for his stylistic mastery of Jazz, Irish, Old Time and Bluegrass music, captivating audiences and fellow musicians with his creativity as well as the subtle authenticity and chameleon-like ease in which he blends and changes styles. The Boston Globe said "[he is] as persuasive in a traditional Irish ballad as he is country fiddling or ripping through cascading classical flourishes or atonal double stops.

A Drummer/Percussionist from Cape Elizabeth, Maine now living in New Orleans, Nicholas Falk is known for his virtuosity, sensitivity, and appreciation of traditional music from all over the world. A graduate of the prestigious  Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in New Orleans, Nicholas has spent the last four years touring in fourteen countries and throughout the United States with his group, The Rondo Rigs (formerly The Boston Boys).  They have performed extensively with The Wood Brothers and are set to release their debut record, produced by Oliver Wood, on July 22nd. They currently have a busy touring schedule which can be found at www.digtherigs.com

A native of Greensboro, NC currently residing in New Orleans, Eric Robertson has performed all over the world as lead singer, songwriter and mandolinist for The Rondo Rigs, who's upcoming release is produced by Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers. He was also a sideman in Indie-pop sensation Lucius.  His distinct vocal style combines influences ranging from Otis Redding to Red Allen, and his songwriting craft likewise covers ground from Dr. John to John Prine. Eric has performed in over twenty countries around the world. and currently tours and records extensively with The Rondo Rigs. The Rondo Rigs recently completed their debut album produced by Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers) which is set for release July 22nd 2016. When home in New Orleans, Eric can be found playing fiddle, mandolin, guitar and singing with the psychedelic old-time gospel group Taterface, or playing electric bass with Cajun music legend Brandon Moreau at The Bayou Club. www.digtherigs.com

6 time Grand National Fiddle Champion siblings Tristan and Tashina Clarridge join hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman to form The Bee Eaters. Steeped their whole lives in musical traditions of Bluegrass, Baroque, Jazz, Irish, and Appalachian mountain music, the trio is known for their uniquely blended tapestry of sound, which The Boston Globe described as chamber music's finely calibrated arrangements with bluegrass's playful virtuosity and pop music's melodic resourcefulness".  At the forefront of a folk-cello revolution, Tristan Clarridge is a member of internationally acclaimed Crooked Still, and has toured with Natalie MacMaster, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, and Bruce Molsky.  Tashina Clarridge performed at Carnegie Hall with renowned bassist Edgar Meyer, and has toured with Mark O'Connor, Laurie Lewis, Tony Trischka and others.  Hammer dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman brings a whole new approach to an instrument previously  thought to have limited range and technique.  His inventive touch and highly sophisticated rhythmic sensibilities are redefining his instrument, and earning the attention of musicians from all over the world.  


Kenneth Ford Theatre, College of the Siskiyous (View)
800 College Ave.
Weed, CA 96094
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Ambient
Music > Americana
Music > Bluegrass
Music > Celtic
Music > Classical
Music > Country
Music > Experimental
Music > Folk
Music > Jazz
Music > Singer/Songwriter
Music > Spiritual
Music > World

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Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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