HawkTail (formerly Haas Kowert Tice)
Theres a lightness and joy to the music of American roots trio Haas Kowert Tice, a sense of weightlessness that belies the complexity of the musical arrangements. This is music that uplifts, that soars, but that is also grounded by a respect and love for tradition. With just three acoustic instrumentsfiddle, guitar, upright bassHaas Kowert Tice are building a new kind of roots music.
Made up of three of the most exciting instrumentalists on the scene today, this trio of fiddler Brittany Haas (Crooked Still), bassist Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers), and guitarist Jordan Tice (Tony Trischka) have come together on their debut album, you got this, to use their string band roots to engage in close dialogue. Entirely instrumental, this is wordless communication heard from three distinct voices working for unity. There is so much we dont have to say to each other, explains Paul Kowert. We got together because we wanted a project in which we could explore our ideas--we wanted to see what we could find. We each contributed writing, and were each able to tinker with each others ideas. I think in this album you hear discovery. That joy of discovery is key to this collaboration of master instrumentalists. Its also the fuel thats powered their careers so far: Brittany Haas exploring fiddle traditions with Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger, and Alasdair Fraser; Paul Kowerts ground-breaking work with The Punch Brothers and now Dave Rawlings Machine, and his studies with Edgar Meyer; Jordan Tices ensembles and recordings with like-minded artists like Noam Pikelny and Casey Driessen. The thread that ties this all together is a driving passion to share great music with friends.
Trying to track the many overlapping influences on you got this is a labyrinthine process. For example, Grandpas Cheesebarn, a tune composed by Jordan Tice, brings together alternate banjo tunings, Norwegian dance tunes, hard-rocking folk rhythms, and Debussy-like string arrangements. Were all living lives that are bursting at the seams with all sorts of music, Haas explains. I think weve been inspired by similar things over the years and have inspired and influenced each others musical paths. Haas Kowert Tice also love to experiment with delicate balances. Opening tune Leadfoot slips back and forth between a buoyant dance tune and the deep growling of Kowerts bass lines. Tell Me Whatcha Gonna Do Now trades off a gorgeous, pastoral guitar line from Tice with Haas devilishly syncopated fiddling, incorporating sudden moments of softness and tranquility. Theres an element of surprise to the music of Haas Kowert Tice; tunes take unexpected turns, and melodies duck and weave in abrupt and exciting directions.
All three artists in Haas Kowert Tice have built their careers on their ability to move on the razors edge of tradition and innovation. They have a nearly unlimited arsenal of tools gathered from years in top-flight ensembles, but theyre not interested in flashy displays. This young trio would rather move their audiences with unique melodies, powerful arrangements, searingly beautiful playing on the fiddle and guitar, and stomach-rumbling chords and eloquent passages on the upright bass. They see each tune as a journey that they take with their listeners, but also as a path that they can travel together, discovering new ideas and new passions around every corner.
The Old Steeple (View)
246 Berding Street
Ferndale, CA 95536
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