Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 28 and again for Wednesday, March 28 when notloB music will present at the Arts at the Armory cafe (191 Highland Avenue, Somerville) rising talent from the Berklee College of Music. Admission is by free-will offering ($5-10pp suggested). Reservations are recommended - http://tinyurl.com/notlobtickets.
Two additional concerts in April and May are in the works and will be announced at a later date.
Sailbow Band (Emilie Rose & Casey Murray) and Jordan & Jordan (Minnie & Ella)
Wednesday, February 28, 7:00pm
Sailbow is a contemporary Celtic fiddle and cello duo featuring Emilie Rose and Casey Murray.
The two met at Berklee College of Music in the American Roots Music Program. They compose and arrange original fiddle tunes and enjoy combining their musical individuality to bring a fresh perspective on traditional folk music.
Both Casey and Emilie were heavily influenced by their respective musical communities on different sides of the country. Casey comes from Rochester, NY where New England Contra dancing and Contra music sparked her interest and the flame kept growing. Emilie grew up through various fiddle camps in her community in Northern California and flourished with guidance and inspiration from instructors. In combining their unique experiences that they hold very close to their hearts, Emilie and Casey are able to channel their emotional and musical sensitivity into energetic, heartfelt music.
JORDAN & JORDAN
Minnie and Ella Jordan have been playing music together for more than a decade—starting on violin, over the years they have added vocals, guitar and tenor guitar to their repertoire. They are fluent in the Jazz, Swing, Western Swing, Country, Bluegrass and Classical idioms. They have been performing publicly for many years, and play upwards of 50 gigs a year. Both are currently studying at Berklee College of Music on scholarship. Scholarships have enabled them to study eclectic string styles at numerous camps, including the Randy Elmore Fiddle Camp, Christian Howes’ Creative Strings Workshop, Dave Alexander’s Big Texas Swing Camp, Berklee Global String Intensive, and the Berklee Roots Weekend. They have been able to study privately with legendary fiddle players Billy Contreras, Mike Barnett, and Buddy Spicher, and with jazz violin master Christian Howes. They were the winners of the 2010 Old Settlers Music Festival Youth competition, and have been featured performers on SUN and KOOP radio in Austin. They were especially honored to have been the 2014 recipients of the Daniel Pearl Memorial violins. They have appeared in print in Texas Monthly, Huffington Post, the Austin Chronicle, and most recently, on the cover of Texas Polka News!
Ethan Setiawan & Ella Jordan
Wednesday, March 28, 7:00pm
ETHAN SETIAWAN is a Boston-based mandolin player who’s won such accolades as the National Mandolin Championship, the RockyGrass Mandolin Championship, and a full-ride scholarship to Berklee College of Music. An involved member of the Boston alt-bluegrass scene, his path has wended its way through traditional bluegrass, to Bach partitas, to free jazz, and his debut full-length album is made up of original tunes drawing from all these wells. The album was conceived and crafted as a whole; the tunes were written for the band, who were chosen for the tunes. To write the album, he dove deep into the compositional techniques and tunes of some of the pioneers of the current wave of bluegrass: Bela Fleck, Matt Flinner, David Grisman and Mike Marshall, to name a few. After months of writing, discarding, and editing, a body of tunes emerged as clear candidates for a record. Over several years, the community around Ethan in the Northeast and Midwest evolved into the perfect band for a project such as this. The band features Julian Pinelli and Avery Merritt on fiddles, Sam Leslie on guitar, and Jacob Warren playing bass. Skilled engineer and mandolinist Dan Bui of Twisted Pine engineered and mixed the album. The recording process took place at the Record Company in Boston, and the resulting album contains close friends and bandmates, a batch of carefully crafted tunes, and the freshest grooves in bluegrass. He has shared the stage with Julian Lage, Darrell Scott, Bryan Sutton, Mike Marshall, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, Casey Driessen, the Steel Wheels, Don Stiernberg, Matt Flinner, and Jacob Jolliff, and has performed at venues such as Savannah Music Festival, IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Streetfest, Prairie Home Companion, the Walnut Valley Festival, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Freshgrass, the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, the Red Wing Roots Music Festival, and Club Passim. He’s a member of bands Theory Expats, The Leafless, Corner House, The Harmolodic String Band, and OctoPladd (notloB Music concert #182, 3/23/16).
MINNIE JORDAN is a talented cross-genre violinist currently splitting her time between Massachusetts and Texas. Although violin is her primary instrument, she is also a skilled vocalist, mandolinist, and tenor guitar player.
Growing up on a ranch in rural Texas, Minnie was immersed in the sounds of Western Swing and Texas fiddle. She began playing publically at age 9 in a duo with her younger sister, Ella. The two busked and played Texas Oprys, honing their chops and ultimately winning the youth talent competition at the renowned Old Settlers Music Festival, where they showcased in 2011. In 2014 Minnie was awarded use of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin, made by Jonathan Cooper, and awarded at the Mark O’Connor String Conference.
Minnie continues to perform at festivals and other venues in both the Boston area and central Texas. She has also worked as a session musician, and recorded the theme song for the NYC Employees Deferred Compensation ad series. She has performed on festival stages at FreshGrass, MEOWcon, and the Texas Music Jamboree.
Minnie has actively sought to expand her musical horizons by studying with some of music’s most gifted contemporary teachers and players, including Billy Contreras, Christian Howes, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, and Buddy Spicher, among others. Her efforts led to her accepting a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. While there, she was admitted into the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute, where she receives instruction from preeminent players in the genre as well as participating in community outreach efforts.
In addition to being a talented musician, Minnie has won awards for her visual and textile art and academic achievement.
Since 2007, notloB Music has presented close to 200 Folk, Old-Time, Blue Grass, Progressive String, Celtic and World concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.
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Arrive as early as 6pm to enjoy the cafe's offerings, which include sandwiches/wraps, salads, coffee, teas and pastries as well as beer and wine.
Free parking in the back lot, on street (mind the signage) and two satellite lots.
Bicycle: Take the SomervilleCommunity Path from Davis Square to its end, then surface streets.
More info at http://artsatthearmory.org/about/getting-here/get