Thursday, December 17, 2015


Portland, OR

Darol & Emy & Keep It In The Fam for Xmas in Portland

Alberta Rose Theatre

3000 NE ALBERTA STREET, Portland, OR 97211

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Darol amp Emy amp Keep It In The Fam for Xmas in Portland

Keep-It-In-The-Fam Holiday Show
Darol Anger, Emy Phelps and friends

DEC 17: Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland, Oregon

Northwest Native Pickers Anger, Phelps, Clarridge, Chrisman unite for the holidays.

What better way for some of the country's most  string musicians to celebrate the holidays than to go home and play some shows with family and friends?

Acoustic Music legend Darol Anger joins singer-songwriter Emy Phelps in organizing some of the country's hottest young string musicians in a multigenerational musical show orbiting around the holidays.

Multi-award-winning fiddler & Crooked Still cellist Tristan Clarridge, the phenomenal youthful bassist/Edgar Meyer protege Ethan Jodziewicz, and hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman will join Anger & Phelps in this season's concerts.

December's series of shows will be a wonderful break from the holiday runaround. Darol's experience with holiday shows from Windham Hill through Newgrange to Yulegrass, his quirky humor, and genius for organizing multi-generational bands will be utilized at full bore. Special guests, family and friends will undoubtedly make appearances.

Darol Anger is a flat-out fiddle guru, unique in his vast range and depth, who has spent the past three decades reinventing American string music to encompass his explorations of bluegrass, jazz, and musical traditions from around the world. The groups that he founded or co-founded include the David Grisman Quintet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, The Montreux Band, the Furies, and the Republic of Strings ensemble. He has recorded dozens of influential recordings since 1976. His playing and composition overflow with passion, prodigious technique, and a unique sense of humor. He has spent his career enlightening and inspiring his fellow musicians, and vice-versa.

Emy Phelps is a remarkable vocalist, songwriter and a musician of note from the Oregon region. She has performed all around the Pacific Northwest since the late 80's. Trained in Ashland, Oregon's world-renowned theatre program, she worked for years in Festival events. She was a founding member of Brian Ransom's Ceramic Ensemble, touring internationally from 1980–1987. As a member of that ensemble she did research on indigenous music in Peru. Her touring career was put on hold while obtaining a degree in education, teaching at elementary and middle schools and successfully raising four children, but now her public work continues as a recording artist, a member of the Furies, and as a duet with Darol Anger.  In addition to her current release, Look Up, Look Down, she released a previous recording entitled As It Should Be on Sweet Mercy Records

Tristan Clarridge is a 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion who began music studies at the age of two. He has toured the world as the cellist with post-grass group Crooked Still, The Bee Eaters, and Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, and performed with Mike Marshall, Bruce Molsky, and Cape Breton fiddle star Natalie MacMaster.  Prompted by Darol's urging, Tristan has found himself amidst a cello revolution, synthesizing traditional folk and fiddle influences along with rhythmic vocabulary from jazz, rock, and pop music. 

Ethan Jodziewicz (pronounced "yo-jeh-vits") is a classically trained crossover string bassist quickly gaining renown among audiences and musicians for his musicality and virtuosity across styles. A sought-after session musician and ensemble player, Ethan performs at festivals and concert halls from RockyGrass to Carnegie Hall. He has shared the stage with Darol Anger, Sierra Hull, Tony Trischka, Alison Brown, and Richie Stearns, among others. He has performed with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and other classical venues.  In 2013, Ethan participated in the Savannah Music Festival's Acoustic Music Seminar, a juried week of hands-on mentoring from Mike Marshall, Julian Lage and other luminaries. He has also studied at Le Domaine Forget Academie Interationale, the WaBass Institute, and Ithaca College. Ethan took a degree at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied under legendary double bassists Edgar Meyer and Hal Robinson, and held the Florence R. Laden Memorial Fellowship. Whether he performs Jazz, Pop music, or traditional music of Appalachia to Scandinavia, Ethan earns praise for his consummate skill and elegance.

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.

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