Wes Swing with Meerenai Shim (($15 before/$20 day of show))

Wes Swing

Wes Swing is a singer, cellist, multi-instrumentalist and composer from Virginia. Swing's style of composition draws on classical, folk and alternative rock influences to create a "rich and lilting soundscape” of "beautifully swelling cello-folk." In live performance he loops his cello and violin to create deeply enveloping string sections to which "Swing demonstrates his vocal prowess with delicate intonation," delivering lyrics imbued with poetry.

The new full-length album "And the Heart" [2017] is an ambitious blend of Swing's signature chamber- pop songwriting with analog electronics produced by Paul Curreri. Using deliberately sparse and stark instrumentation, the album offers stunning vocal performances on "Sing To Me" and "Mirrors." These sections of intimate and personal performance transition beautifully into electronic escapades and flourishing full-band crescendos. With this album, Swing takes another step into the avant-garde of alternative folk.

Wes Swing's musical journey began as a four-year-old violinist. He developed an early appreciation for classical music, and later found his true musical love in playing and composing for cello while studying Latin at university. After graduating with a Latin degree, Wes taught for three years before quitting his teaching job and turning to music full time. A love of the classics comes through in his imagist lyrics and arrangements. He is currently planning a tour of Europe in support of his new album, and writing a book of short stories.

Milky Way or Galaxy are traditional Korean translations of the first name of flutist Meerenai Shim. Pronounced “me-ren-ay,” the unusual name befits this unique and forward thinking musician.

Meerenai is a founding member of the innovative flute and percussion duo, A/B Duo. In 2016, she joined the award-winning contemporary flute ensemble, Areon Flutes. She is also one half of the newly formed contrabass flute and contraforte duo, Keyed Kontraptions. She has performed all over the United States as a soloist and chamber musician. Recent performances include those at the Soundwave Biennial in San Francisco, the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta, and KNOB Fest in Wichita. She also served a two-year term as a curator at the Center for New Music in San Francisco.

In 2015 Meerenai founded Aerocade Music, a record label specializing in contemporary classical, electronic, and experimental music. Her third solo album, the all-electroacoustic Pheromone, was the first release on the label. Regarding Pheromone, Fanfare Magazine says, "Flautist Meerenai Shim has the chops and the heart to do these recently composed pieces full justice, and this inaugural release on her own Aerocade label is the proverbial proof of the pudding."

Meerenai Shim is a fiscally-sponsored affiliate of InterMusic SF, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to small-ensemble music in the San Francisco Bay Area. She resides in Campbell, California with her husband Dave, and their Great Dane mix, Lady.

$15.00 - $20.00

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$15 before and $20 day of show online and at the door.

Private Parlor Shows are open to all friends and fans of The Lost Church and the performers.

Seating is first come, first served. We recommend you buy in advance to ensure being a part of the event (parlor shows often sell out), but you can also try purchasing at the door on the night of the show.

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Ages 10 and over are welcome. (Parental discretion is advised for some events).

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