Saturday, August 19, 2017
Darol and The Furies Eclipse-a-Rama at the Ellen!
17 West Main Street Bozeman, MT 59715
The Furies will be returning to one of their favorite venues, the Ellen Theatre, celebrating the impending solar eclipse, and the release of Emy and Darol’s recent recording TREASURES.
“All Those Treasures In Your Nest; Can You Tell Me Which One Is The Best?" That's a crucial line from Emy's original song "The Magpie", written on her 2015 life-changing Artist Residency at the famed UCross Artist Colony in Wyoming. It's hard to say what might be the "best" of this collection of songs by Emy Phelps, reaching across 2 decades of songwriting. But the idea of family, love, attachment, separation, and many of the most important issues that humans face are up front, framed in a wide-ranging acoustic palette presided over by one of Acoustic String Music's most wizardly characters, Darol Anger, who contributes not only state-of-the-art pop fiddling, but numerous other memorable instrumental moments on such instruments as Nylonic Mando-Uke, Left-handed Accordion, electric screwdriver, and Fuzz Octave Mandolin.
This concert will feature the talents of renowned singer/songwriter Emy Phelps, and the amazing duo of fiddle genius Andy Reiner with cello guru Joy Adams.
Darol Anger is a true fiddle guru, unique in his range and depth, who has spent almost four decades reinventing American string music to encompass his explorations of bluegrass, jazz, and music from across the globe. Anger has helped drive the evolution of contemporary violin through pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, Newgrange, Psychograss, and others. He has performed and taught all over the world Composing and performing internationally since 1977, he has produced numerous important recordings and soundtracks. He is an Associate Professor at the Berklee School of Music and recently began an ambitious online Fiddle School at www.ArtistWorks.com.
His playing and composition overflow with passion, prodigious technique, and a generous sense of humor. He has spent his career enlightening and inspiring his fellow musicians, and vice-versa. That’s where the Furies come in:
Emy Phelps is a remarkable singer/songwriter who put her career on hold to raise four kids and is now back in the game. She and Anger have collaborated on 3 recording projects and tour internationally.
Raised on a small farm in Spokane, Washington, Joy Adams began playing the cello at age 15 and is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. Despite a string of classical adventures that included winning Musicfest Northwest, attending the Aspen Music Festival, soloing with the Spokane Symphony, and touring with the Selden String Quartet, Joy ultimately returned to her roots, joining an old-time band, the Windsor Folk Family, during her last year at Eastman. Recipient of a Mancini Fellowship at the Frost School of Music (where she also taught bluegrass songwriting, contemporary improvisation, and led the Frost Fiddle Band), Joy completed her Doctorate in 2016. She teaches for the American Music System and Denver School of the Arts, and has been on the faculty of fiddle camps in Boston, Charleston, Maine, Connecticut, New York City, and Sandpoint, Idaho. She has made over a dozen concerto appearances and has shared the stage with major artists such as Bruce Hornsby, Ben Folds, Bobby McFerrin, and Chic Corea. Recent highlights include releasing Trifecta, a CD of Indian fusion music, publishing Fiddle Club Favorites for the Cello, touring the Northwest with fiddle-cello duo Half Pelican, and performing at the 2017 Big Sky Big Grass festival with Darol Anger and the Furies. In her spare time, Joy enjoys eating pie and climbing on things.
Andy Reiner, an award-winning fiddler, composer and educator originally from Lexington, MA, began playing at age five with the Reiner Family Band. He has since developed his own style featuring creative, rhythmic melodies, and thoughtful fusing of world styles. Earning a BM in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston launched Andy into a flurry of touring and teaching around the globe - including Heavy Metal with Devil in the Kitchen, Folk/Hip-Hop with FiddleFoxx, Swedish/Appalachian with Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, Electronic/Celtic with Firecloud, and Bluegrass with The Earth Stringband, which toured Southeast Asia on the 2011 American Music Abroad tour for the State Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Also known as the "Skiing Fiddler," Andy skis every month of the year and many of his compositions are influenced by mountains and nature. Andy currently tours both as a solo artist and with groups Half Pelican, Whitewater Ramble and Andy Reiner and Jon Sousa, and composes fiddle tunes, songs, new works, and arrangements for string orchestra. He teaches improvisation, composition and fiddle styles privately and at schools, universities, and at music camps across the US.