Music at the Museum
April 9, 2010
The Westford Historical Society presents Matching Orange with Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers MATCHING ORANGE is an exciting new band from the Boston area, distinguished by their high-energy playing and brightly colored music folders. Using the trio of Eric McDonald (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Eric Eid-Reiner (piano), and Brendan Carey Block (fiddle), they create a swirling level of intensity, sometimes gritty, sometimes pure, and always engaging. Matching Orange takes full advantage of a diverse musical background, with extensive training in folk, classical, jazz, and other traditions. Using this training, a love for all varieties of traditional music and dance, and a desire for minimalism, they bring to the dance floor an intriguing mix of sound that is equally at home in front of a listening audience. Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers (BMUZ): Brewing up a tasty mix of traditional music infused with startling rhythms and innovative arrangements, BMUZ is one of the most dynamic groups based in the Boston area today. BMUZ takes from the rooted traditions of many cultures and translates their essence into a unique, vibrant sound. The members of BMUZ use an eclectic group of instruments. Brownyn Bird plays the accordian and the ethereal nyckelharpa, the traditional bowed stringed instrument from Sweden, where she lived for a year. Andy Reiner, who comes from a musical family and has studied at many a fiddle camp across the country, plays the five-string fiddle and is especially rooted in the lively music of Cape Breton. A fiddler who has studied traditional music in Ireland and Norway, Mariel Vandersteel also plays hardanger fiddle, the traditional string instrument of Norway. Stash Wyslouch, who has traveled with guitar through South America and is influenced by hip hop and funk, brings a driving sense of rhythm and groove to the group. . Completely entertaining on stage, it is obvious that BMUZ is having as much fun playing together as the audience is while listening to them.