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Summer String Summit 2013
Kenneth Ford Theatre, College of the Siskiyous
Weed, CA
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Summer String Summit 2013
Grand National Fiddle Champions Host 9th Annual String Summit at College of the Siskiyous, July 17

Featuring Grammy-Winning Songwriter/Singer/Fiddler Laurie Lewis, Legendary
Chambergrass Iconoclast Darol Anger (Co-founder Of The David Grisman Quintet &
Psychograss), North Indian violin maestro and International Treasure Kala Ramnath,
Mesmerizing Dance Phenomenon Nic Gareiss,  Footworks Percussive Dance
Ensemble Founder Eileen Carson, Jazz Violin Genius Billy Contreras, Folk-Pop Singer Jesse Harper, Legendary Appalachian Music Master John Herrmann, Composer/Scottish Fiddle Champion Jeremy Kittel, Irish Tenor Banjo Virtuoso Dave Cory,  Old-Time Fiddle Powerhouse Brittany Haas, Bluegrass Veteran Mark Schatz  (Bassist For Platinum-Selling Band Nickel Creek), Bluegrass Guitar Master David Grier, Acoustic Guitar Innovator Scott
Nygaard, Bluegrass Mandolin Icon Mike Compton (Featured on "Oh Brother Where
Art Thou?"), Chambergrass Innovators The Bee Eaters, And Many Surprise Guests.

Mt Shasta, CA (June 12, 2013) Many of America's most influential and brilliant
acoustic musicians will gather, Wednesday July 17, 2013, 7 p.m., at College
of the Siskiyous' Kenneth Ford Theatre for the Summer String Summit 2013,
produced by renowned acoustic musicians and educators Tristan and Tashina
Clarridge and supported by the Siskiyou Arts Council.

Now in it's 9th 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 and old-time
music for a monumental 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, living and breathing music since the age of two.  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

BrownPaperTickets.com and by calling (800) 838-3006 (24/7 hotline).  

Tickets may be available at the door and can be purchased with cash or check.

Adults: $20 Advance / $22 Door
Youth (25 and under): half price
Children (12 and under): $5
Kenneth Ford Theatre 800 College Ave Weed, CA


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.

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.

During the past two decades, Laurie Lewis has established herself as one of the
best artists in Bluegrass and American Roots music.  She is an accomplished
singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler, and bass player, as well as a bandleader
and record producer.  She won a Grammy as part of the 1997 compilation
album "True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe" and was twice named female
vocalist of the year by the International Bluegrass Music Association.  Laurie's
1996 album with Tom Rozum "The Oak and the Laurel" was nominated for a
Grammy. "Laurie's strength manifests in many ways: her commanding presence on stage
combined with an emotional vulnerability, the truths in her lyrics, her physical
voice which transcends gender, her strong commitment to causes and issues
in which she deeply believes, which all resonate with a respect for the land, the
natural world, and human mercy and justice." Darol Anger

Appalachian clog dancer, veteran bluegrass bassist, and longtime member of the
platinum-selling band Nickel Creek, Mark Schatz 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, Tim & Mollie O'Brien, and Claire
Lynch.  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 be an
acoustic performance, bound to astound.

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.

Mike Compton is a master of the bedrock of old time music and a vision that's
both modern and ageless. Its been over 40 years since Mike Compton started
playing the mandolin, and the decades that have followed, of him honing his
craft, have lead him on concert tours from his small hometown of Meridian
Mississippi to countries around the world. Whether playing with The Nashville
Bluegrass Band, Helen Highwater Stringband, The Jumpsteady Boys, in duet
with guitar virtuoso David Grier or old-time banjoist and songwriter Joe Newberry,
or as a solo performer, Mike shines with his brilliant playing and humble
respect for the music. Mike Compton is widely known for his collaboration
with producer T-Bone Burnette, for whom he performed as a Soggy Bottom
Boy on 2001's Grammy Album Of the Year, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?        

Nic Gareiss is truly a phenomenon of percussive dance. "The human epitome
of the unbearable lightness of being...Gareiss is more fleet of foot than
an Olympian sprinter and more buoyant than a helium-filled balloon...his
restraint is palpable and freeform flight is inevitable." (Siobhán Long, The
Irish Times)  "Mesmerizinga whirling dervish in tap shoes." Bay City
Times).  "A show-stopper...this Michigan native may be the most
inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene. The nimble Gareiss called
forth visions of Fred Astaire."  (Daniel Gewertz, The Boston Herald).  Nic
has performed with The Chieftains, Dervish, Gráda, Beoga, Téada, FIDIL,
Le Vent du Nord, Genticorum, Dr. Anthony Barrand, Liz Carroll, Frankie
Gavin, Martin Hayes, Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger and Alasdair Fraser.                                              

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".

Scott Nygaard is one of the most inventive and original guitarists in bluegrass
and acoustic music. His solos, a seamless amalgam of bluegrass, folk, and jazz
influences, shift easily from breathtaking virtuosity to soulful melodic musings and
his accompaniment is always intriguing, supportive, and propulsive.  
"As adept at creating magnetic rhythms as he is knocking off stunning solos,
Nygaard is possibly the best acoustic guitarist to come along in bluegrass music
since Tony Rice."Edmonton (Alberta) Journal
"Nygaard's flatpicking is so fluid and clever the crowd keeps squinting at his
hands, checking to make sure there are only two." (Oakland Tribune)

As founding director of Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, Eileen Carson
received a two year National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship,
a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, a Celebration of the Arts
in Maryland Award, an "Annie Award" form the Arts Council of Anne Arundel
County, and was selected "Artist of the Year" by Young Audiences of Maryland.
Footworks, considered pioneers in bringing traditional Americana music and
percussive dance to the concert stage, has performed in such venues as The
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center.

Ben Krakauer is a phenomenal banjoist and composer with a strikingly original
style.  He's returning fresh from a year of studying traditional Bengali Music, in

A masterful Texas fiddler, Luke Price began competing in fiddle contests at
age 7, going on to win the National Title at ages 12 and 17, along with a long
list of awards from contests all across the country, including the Grand Masters
in Nashville TN.  While continuing to carry on the Texas fiddling and contest
traditions, Luke then began toexpand his playing to many other styles, namely;
jazz, soul, blues,funk, bluegrass, and pop.

Old-time fiddle powerhouse 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
"Brittany is a joy to listen to and her style just makes you feel happy."  
-Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster

A 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.  He'll perform alongside traditional North Carolina fiddler John
Engle and bassist Meredith McIntosh, to form the trio, Chicken Train.

U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion and brilliant jazz violinist Jeremy Kittel
holds a Masters in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music.  He has
toured, composed, and arranged for the Grammy winning Turtle Island Quartet,
and appeared at the Kennedy Center, and on A Prairie Home Companion.
"Jeremy is an excellent musician."  -Chick Corea

Lauded by many as one of the greatest jazz violinists alive, Billy Contreras
toured for years 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 inventive cellist Tristan
Clarridge is a member of the 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" (The Boston Globe)

To schedule interviews with any of the performers, or for high resolution
performer photos, contact Tristan Clarridge: tristan@beeeaters.com
This project is supported by the Siskiyou Arts Council.


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



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