Round Mountain, The Ocular Concern

Round Mountain

Blending dusty American grit with a worldly amalgam of global influences, Santa Fe-based duo Round Mountain presents a singular take on folk music that is both foreign and familiar. The multi-multi-instrumentalist band of brothers has travelled the globe absorbing bits and pieces of musical cultures, returning to filter them through their own sepia-toned Americana framework.

Char and Robby Rothschild have been writing songs and singing together since they were kids harmonizing in the back of the family car. They live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they grew up, now with families of their own, yet their musical horizons are as broad as the world. They weave elements of world music into their original songs, providing both the comfort of the familiar with the excitement of the new. They themselves are family men as well as travelers, whose performances bridge folk and world genres. They play their original songs on a multitude of instruments from around the world, often playing several of those instruments at once. Their lyrics evoke the emotion of family, giving listeners a path to access the universal and rugged beauty conveyed by global traditional music.

The Ocular Concern

"Yet another project featuring the indefatigable jazz pianist Andrew Oliver, this trio includes his fellow traveler guitarist Dan Duval and Paxselin Quartet drummer Stephen Pancerev. [...] Their new EP brews up a bubbly mix of originals and covers of Arabic and Eastern-European-inspired jazz, with a zingy electrified sound that recalls Chick Corea and other ’70s fusioneers." - Willamette Week



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