An Evening of Roots Americana with Annalivia and Ari & Mia
April 6, 2014
Annalivia is an American 'roots and branches' string-band which draws from tradition and today to create their own brand of new acoustic folk music alive with new energy and innovation. The members of Annalivia – Liz Simmons, Flynn Cohen, and newest member Emerald Rae - are all masterful players and have long histories with traditional music, ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, and Old Time Appalachian music. This background, combined with each member's stellar compositional skills and cutting edge arranging chops, makes for music which sounds rooted yet contemporary. Folk and string-band enthusiasts alike will be drawn in by the expert vocals and songwriting, excellent musicianship, and innovative approach. The members of Annalivia are seasoned musicians and have toured and performed with the likes of Darol Anger, Ruth Moody, Cathie Ryan, John Whelan, Aoife Clancy and Adrienne Young, among others.
Flynn Cohen: mandolin, guitar, vocals
"A versatile string virtuoso." –Dirty Linen Magazine
Liz Simmons: vocals, guitar
"A honey-voiced singer. . .Simmons sings with winsome ease and genuine feeling." –Dirty Linen Magazine
Ari & Mia, Boston's Americana sister act, reference the traditions of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to song and tune-writing and the result is a fresh and contemporary sound.
Ari & Mia "blend a traditional rootsy grounding with a clear background of classical training. Their own works are soothing and fresh, tasteful and accomplished. This duo is taking the classical study of a conservatory program and bringing it alive in folk touring circles,” says SingOut! Magazine. Both sisters studied at Boston's New England Conservatory in its cutting edge Contemporary Improvisation department. Their newest album, Unruly Heart, ranked high on the national folk radio charts for 2011 and Mia’s song “Across the Water,” won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category. Their new album, Land on Shore, will be released in May 2013.