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Summer String Summit 2014
Kenneth Ford Theatre, College of the Siskiyous
Weed, CA
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Summer String Summit 2014
This one-time lineup isn't to be found anywhere else in the world.

Hosted by Six-time Grand National Fiddle Champions and northern California natives Tristan and Tashina Clarridge.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.                                                  www.NicGareiss.com

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)

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.

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)


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



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