Tuesday, August 21, 2012
All ages welcome
About Stringed Migration
Stringed Migration is a Portland based quartet that performs a lush synthesis of Celtic and international roots music with a twist of jazz. Comprised of four multi-instrumentalists whose individual careers have garnered regional, national and international recognition, the band is enjoying a rapidly growing reputation in the Northwest folk world.
The band features a cast of musicians whose diverse backgrounds touch upon Latin music, Balkan, Americana, rock, Medieval, Indian classical, Western classical, and jazz ... yet all have deep roots in traditional Irish and Scottish fare. "The idea," says founder Elizabeth Nicholson, "is to allow everyone in the band to draw from the full spectrum of their experience, rather than conforming to a rigidly defined idiom." The resulting sound pays true homage to the American melting pot, revealing technical mastery, nuance, spontaneity and heart.
Harpist/singer Elizabeth Nicholson is at the vanguard of a new generation of Celtic musicians. Considered among the top American interpreters of traditional Irish music for harp, she has also studies Classical, Paraguayan, and Medieval music, which has lead her to stretch the traditional boundaries of the instrument into rock music and country blues. Her recent CD of traditional and original music, Sink or Swim (Waterbug Records) was released to widespread critical praise and international airplay, including a spot on Fiona Richie's "Thistlepod", which highlights outstanding new Celtic releases.
Born into a Scottish piping family, Rob Barrick grew up playing with the City of Victoria Pipe Band (one of the world's top-rated bagpipe ensembles). Today Rob is recognized as one among the west coast's premier Scottish pipers, and is in high demand as an adjudicator for piping competitions throughout the US and Canada. Also a veteran bass player, Rob has toured extensively with renowned Irish singer-songwriter Peter Yeates and his band New Shilling; performing at most of the nation's larger Celtic festivals and appearing with some of the genre's top players, including Kevin Burke and Johnny Cunningham.
Bob Soper is counted among Portland's most astonishingly versatile multi-instrumentalists. With a background as a rock and jazz drummer who also studied classical Indian percussion at the Ali Akbar College of Music, Soper went on to learn the Irish fiddle, ultimately becoming one the Northwest's most sought after players. Also an accomplished bouzouki player and vocalist in both Irish and American traditional styles, he's been a member of some of the region's most beloved and successful ensembles. This including the Irish bands Cul an Ti and Grafton Street, as well as the old-time/country-blues group The Pagan Jug Band. Bob is studying classical Indian Sarod and Irish tenor banjo.
Violinist/violist Eddit Parente first came to prominence as a member of the critically acclaimed Irish ensemble Touchstone (Green Linnet Records), which lead him to subsequently perform with members of the renowned Celtic super groups, The Bothy Band and Silly Wizard. Parente has since proven himself to be a master of multiple genres, performing in bands that range in style from Americana (The Oregon Trail Band), to Tango, Mariachi, Indian, classical, and more. However, he is perhaps best known for his immense prowess in the realm of jazz, and has filled concert halls throughout the world touring under his own name as a jazz soloist.