A benefit concert for the
NEW ENGLAND FOLK MUSIC ARCHIVES
The New England Folk Music Archives preserves, promotes and documents the ongoing cultural legacy of folk music and its connections to New England through education, collaboration and entertainment.
Sam Weiser on violin & viola,
SONiA Guitar and Vocals,
Phoebe Hunt Violin and Vocals,
Seth Kibel on Clarinet and Saxaphone,
Laura Cerulli on percussion,
Saso Sver on Guitar and Mandolin
and Nathaniel Smith on Cello
Friday, February 12
Doors open 7:30pm
Concert 8:00 pm
General Admission $15.00
Sam attended his first Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp in Nashville in 2002, where he was introduced to string music of multiple genres. His exposure to the variety, talent and vitality there began an artistic journey that frees him to embrace all music on the violin without boundaries. He has continued to attend O'Connor's camps ever since, and has made lasting friendships and created deep musical bonds there with world-famous instructors and musicians of all ages, backgrounds and interests. Sam also performs with Mark in the American String Celebration Tours and at fundraisers for the camps.
Sam met Grammy® nominee and world music artist SONiA of disappear fear on the FODfest (Friends of Danny Pearl) tour in 2008, along with many other talented musicians who donate their time. After just a few shows, Sam and SONiA bonded musically and personally. Sam wanted to record a CD to raise money for charity, and was thrilled to have SONiA help translate the diverse genres of music he hears in his head into reality. Sam signed with disappear records, and his debut CD, 'Sam I Am', will be released Feb 16, 2010. Guest artists on the CD include Phoebe Hunt of Belleville Outfit, Sara Caswell of The Caswell Sisters, Mike Block of the Mike Block Band/ Appalachia Waltz Trio, Lulo Reinhardt of the Lulo Reinhardt Project (Django Reinhardt's great-nephew), and Dennis Chambers of Santana and SONiA of disappear fear. All profits will go to the Daniel Pearl Foundation and FODfest.
Sam is a tenth grade honors student. He is a fanatic Mets fan, a NY Giants lover, a crazed Madden game aficionado and a rabid fantasy football and baseball team enthusiast. He is also a Fishman-endorsed artist, the youngest ever, and only uses Fishman pickups and amplification equipment.
Sam Weiser's Instruments: Violin, 5 String Wood Viper Electric Violin, 2009 artisan-made Jonathon Cooper 5 String Viola, David Segal Viola, Mandolin, Guitar.
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Artist's website: http://www.myspace.com/samweisermusic