MOKB Sun King Concert Series
The Parkington Sisters
Tall Tall Trees
1043 Virginia Ave #215
Murphy Arts Center
Indianapolis, IN, 46203
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
The Parkington Sisters
From Wellfleet Massachusetts, a town of crashing waves, gnarled pine trees, and the only town clock in the world that still rings ship's time, step the Parkington Sisters. Like their hometown surroundings, they have "a collective magic -- part chemistry, part alchemy, and entirely mysterious." The four sisters emerge from a lineage of musicians, each a songwriter and dynamic multi-instrumentalist: Rose plays piano, guitar and accordion, Ariel and Sarah play violin and viola, and Nora plays violin and percussion. They have a magnetic stage presence and can feel at home in front of a rock crowd at the House of Blues, but just as easily adapt to the sophistication of Symphony Hall. With incomparable vocal harmonies and intricate string arrangements, their music is at once timeless and fresh.
2012 has brought many opportunities for the Parkingtons. In October, they joined Dispatch on their "Circles Around the Sun" reunion East Coast tour. They have toured extensively across the US, Canada and Europe with the Dropkick Murphys, opened for Mavis Staples at Symphony Hall in Boston, performed at the 2011 Bonnaroo festival, and even shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen. They have performed on records for State Radio, Dropkick Murphys, Dub Trio, Sonya Kitchell, The Spring Standards, Mieka Pauley and The Horrible Crowes (The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon).
The sisters are currently recording their follow-up album, which will be released in early 2013. Their 2011 debut album "Till Voices Wake Us" was produced by Joel Hamilton (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and recorded at Avatar Studios and Studio G in New York City. The collection of songs explores the darkness but also the hope of each new day, the light in September, the geese flying north, the deer dead on the highway, the struggle to move beyond. The album was selected by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as one of the top essential albums of 2011.
These roads led them through every direction including stints in eclectic rock bands, to performing on stages in far away lands, with symphonies and string quartets, and to conservatory and university. Between the sisters they hold seven degrees; five of which are in string performance.
Despite their extensive musical background, it wasn't until 2005 that their roads harmonized and they began performing instrumentals together for the first time on the salty streets of Provincetown. Eventually their passion for songwriting won out as their sound evolved into each sister writing and singing individually. Combining their diverse tastes, filtered through their acquired classical training, the sisters soon realized the potential for combining four dynamic voices with four confident instruments. Rose plays guitar, piano and accordion, Ariel and Sarah play violin and viola and Nora plays violin and percussion. Nonetheless, all are multi-instrumentalists and their music is embodied by vibrant string arrangements combined with tight, interwoven four-part vocal harmonies, and gorgeous, blending voices. Ambitious and intricate, the Parkington Sisters produce an undeniable expression of sisterhood able to slip from their hearts into a sound all their own.
Since 2005, the sisters have traveled the country, capturing audiences wherever they play. They have been guest artists on recordings by The Spring Standards, Sonya Kitchell, Dub Trio, Dropkick Murphys, Horrible Crows and recently, recorded their debut album at New York City's Avatar Studios and Studio G with engineer/producer Joel Hamilton (Elvis Costello, Tom Waits). After performing at the Bonnaroo Music Festival 2011, they will be touring Canada and the West Coast with the Dropkick Murphys.
Tall Tall Trees
Mike Savino is not your grandaddy's banjo player, and Tall Tall Trees is definitely not your average indie-folk outfit from NYC. Savino has released two records on his own start-up label Good Neighbor Records, Tall Tall Trees (2009), and moment (2012), and has toured extensively, mystifying audiences with his innovative banjo technique. Whether performing with a full band or solo, Savino runs his instrument, dubbed by fans as the "banjotron", through a slab of effects and loopers, bowing, drumming, and strumming out multi-textured arrangements on the fly to support his lyrically driven songs. Most recently, Tall Tall Trees has been touring the US and Ca nada collaborating with beatboxing violinist, and of Montreal alum, Kishi Bashi. Savino is currently working on a third record which he is expecting to release in 2014.