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The Bee Eaters Play Bach in Tiller OR
South Umpqua Community Church
Tiller, OR
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The Bee Eaters Play Bach in Tiller OR
An improvisational chamber music exploration.
Featuring hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman with fiddle champion siblings Tristan and Tashina Clarridge, [The Bee Eaters] combine chamber musics finely calibrated arrangements with bluegrasss playful virtuosity and pop musics melodic resourcefulness. (The Boston Globe)  With Tashinas delicate 5-string fiddle and Tristans grounding cello wrapped around Simons ethereal dulcimer, The Bee Eaters weave a tapestry of sound all their own, drawing on roots in bluegrass, Irish, Baroque, jazz and old-time fiddling traditions.
It is a joy to hear both the exploration of this music and the grounding of it simultaneously. Also, I love the emphasis on the simple beauty of the acoustic instruments.  -Edgar Meyer (GRAMMY-winning composer, bassist, MacArthur Fellow)

The music of J.S. Bach has been a central theme in Tashina and I's lives for 30+ years... 
Beginning as toddlers with small fiddles, we spent as much of our childhood practicing the music of Bach as anything else we did.  As young adults, our lives turned towards improvisational folk music, towards touring the world in bands, towards house concerts, and away from the stiffness, and dearth of rhythm and groove, that all too often permeates "classical" music.  Much of The Bee Eaters' past 18 years of practicing and performing music together has been devoted to our own compositions, and to traditional tunes.
Now, as we reflect on J.S. Bach as the truly masterful improviser that he was, (renown for improvising fugues on the spot amidst Baroque jam sessions), and consider the rhythmic dance forms he used, his works stand simply as some of the greatest music of all time, ready to be brought to life in musical conversation by anyone with an instrument on hand. He tapped a deep well of melody and harmony; deep enough to keep us challenged and inspired for many lifetimes.

Bach wrote for whatever instrumentation he had around.  We'll bring all that we've learned these past 18 years as a band - of rhythm, harmony, and improvisation - to arrange and improvise around some of Bach's solo violin, cello, vocal and keyboard works on fiddle, hammer dulcimer and cello, and finish with a few melodies inspired by Bach (what melody isn't?!).

Let's do our best to bring this music back to it's original setting: improvisational chamber music.
Grand National Fiddle Champion Tashina Clarridge has toured with Mark OConnor, Tony Trischka and Laurie Lewis and has performed at Carnegie Hall as a part of MacArthur Fellow/Grammy-winning bassist Edgar Meyers Young Artists program.  Multi-instrumentalist brother Tristan is a 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion and a pioneering cellist, synthesizing traditional folk influences with rhythmic vocabulary from jazz, rock and pop music, and leading a revolution among adventurous young cellists throughout the country.  He has toured the world with bluegrass/nu-folk sensation Crooked Still and Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, as well as Mike Marshall, Bruce Molsky and Cape Breton fiddle phenomenon Natalie MacMaster.  Hammer dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman brings a whole new approach to an instrument that has previously been thought to have limited range and technique.  His inventive virtuosic touch and sophisticated rhythmic sensibilities are redefining the instrument and earning the attention of musicians from all over the world.


South Umpqua Community Church (View)
27292 Tiller Trail Highway, Tiller Oregon
Tiller, OR 97484
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Classical
Music > Early/Baroque
Music > Folk
Music > Spiritual

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


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