Acoustic Music Concert with Ari & Mia Friedman
April 26, 2013
Brookline Music School welcomes Ari and Mia Friedman, who will perform mostly original and traditional old-time, folk, Celtic and bluegrass music in the Acoustic Music Concert on Friday, April 26 at 8:00pm in Brookline Music School’s Bakalar Recital Hall for free. The Friedman sisters, Boston's Americana sister act, are a soulful and spirited acoustic accompanied duo exploring the traditions of Southern Appalachia, Northeastern fiddle music, and the realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their hearts also lie with early American swing and jazz music. Their bold approach to song and tune-writing, with their interpretations of traditional music will open hearts and dance floors. Born into a musical family, Mia Friedman started playing violin and singing at an early age. She has her roots in Americana and old-time Appalachian traditions, and blends this with contemporary experimental music in her compositions. In 2012, she graduated from New England Conservatory where she studied with Anthony Coleman, Carla Kihlstedt, and Hankus Netsky, and is an active composer, performer, and educator. Her song "Across the Water" won the 2011 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category. She tours around the United States with her sister Ari and has her own solo act. Ari Friedman is a recent graduate of Northwestern University where she studied cello performance with Hans Jorgen Jensen. She is an inventive folk cellist and, aside from gigging with Mia, she performs, tours, and records with Scottish National Fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel. Ari is a member of New England’s highly acclaimed fiddle band Childsplay, and teaches at various fiddle camps. She is a talented fiddler, singer and banjo player studying at New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation program. She won first place at the New England Regional Scottish Fiddle Champion in 2006 and performs around New England with various musicians. Both girls live in Boston and are the founding members of Fireside, a four-piece band that mixes old-time Appalachian songs and Scandinavian fiddle tunes. Lorraine and Bennett Hammond will open for the Friedmans. The Hammonds are skilled entertainers, who will be play a lively assortment of traditional American instruments and songs with five-string banjo, Appalachian dulcimer, Celtic harp, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and a vast repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs, tunes & ballads.