10 String Symphony

10 String Symphony

Although difficult to categorize, the music of 10 String Symphony is instantly recognizable as a blend of two distinct but equally vivacious musical voices. Vocally, Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer lock in seamlessly, and their vocal duets often take center stage despite the fact that they are self-described fiddle players. While their love of traditional fiddle music (Old-Time, Bluegrass, Scottish) is evident in their music, a diversity in taste and influence is equally apparent, and their original repertoire is complemented by songs by Townes van Zandt and Loudon Wainwright III. Decidedly contemporary in their musical approach, their debut album showcases Sedelmyer's virtuosic improvisation and love of dissonance alongside Baiman's old-time rhythm and emotional melodic sensibilities.

The two Nashville-based musicians are well established individually in the acoustic music world. Sedelmyer, originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, moved to Nashville in 2008. He has since performed and/or recorded with Peter Rowan, The Greencards, The Black Lillies, Nora Jane Struthers, The DanBerrys, Roustabout, and is most well known as a previously full-time member of acoustic pop group The Farewell Drifters. Rachel Baiman grew up in the Chicago area and is a two-time Illinois state fiddle champion. Since moving to Nashville, she has appeared with Kelsey Waldon, The Flea Marketeers, and on the Grand Old Opry with Mike Snyder. Most recently, Rachel has toured with progressive folk quartet Belfry Fellows. For both, the 10 String Symphony project creates broader responsibilities for their instrumental ideas, and brings their vocal work to the forefront.

10 String Symphony is an arena for mesmerizing acoustic innovation. Harmony vocals, soulful lead-playing, original compositions, timeless songs, percussive back-up, and ripping fiddle-tunes are all in the mix for this not-to-be missed duo.

the Rosenthals

The Rosenthals with Naomi Sommers

The Rosenthals are a unique father-and-son collaboration between Phil and Daniel Rosenthal. Their music weaves together elements of bluegrass, folk and jazz with the unusual instrumentation of banjo, trumpet and vocals. Joining the duo for this special concert will be Phil’s daughter, Naomi Sommers, a singer-songwriter currently living in Germany. The trio will be performing original music by all three musicians, as well as new arrangements of traditional American folk tunes.

Phil Rosenthal served for many years as lead singer and guitarist in the acclaimed bluegrass band, The Seldom Scene. He’s been called “A roots music master” by Billboard magazine, and “One of the most expressive singers in traditional country music,” by the Washington Post. His original songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe and Nick Cave. Phil’s son, Daniel, is an accomplished trumpeter and composer. He has performed with jazz legends such as Steve Lacy and Bob Brookmeyer, and has toured throughout Europe, Africa and North America with Boston’s famed jazz and latin ensemble, the Either/Orchestra. He’s been called “A young trumpeter with a bright future,” by All About Jazz. Naomi Sommers is a talented singer-songwriter and guitarist. Her last solo release, Gentle As the Sun, gained much popularity in the UK and spent time at the top of the Americana radio charts in Europe as well.

The Rosenthals recent release, Fly Away (2013), has garnered praise from both music fans and critics alike. The Hartford Courant had this to say: “They’re the real deal. With their unique vibrancy and freshness, they don’t sound old-timey, but just plain timeless.” Vintage Guitar Magazine called it, “An unexpected gem.” The New Haven Register said, “If you’re the Rosenthals, it’s all in the family. And it works, beautifully.”

Cricket Tell the Weather

Cricket Tell the Weather is a good old-fashioned bluegrass/old-time clusterpluck string band featuring adventurous songwriting and authentic interpretations of bluegrass old-time repertoire, tight vocal harmonies and impressive instrumental chops to boot.


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