Saturday, June 21, 8:00pm
Grand Fiddler’s Rally
Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp will celebrate the fiddle music of Scotland and the US and Sweden with their 8th annual Fiddle Camp concert. Featured instructors include Alasdair Fraser, Americana phenom Brittany Haas and Over 150 musicians, singers and dancers ranging in age from 5 to 85 will join Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and the world-class faculty to celebrate. And Ryan Murray, MIM Resident Conductor, makes a special guest appearance on the pipes and his wife Jane McPherson joins him with the side drum.
“Alasdair Fraser is recognized throughout the world as one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced; [his] name is synonymous with the vibrant cultural renaissance which is transforming the Scottish musical scene.” —Scots Magazine
Renowned performer and master teacher of the rich fiddling tradition of Scotland, Alasdair Fraser inspires to higher and deeper levels of self-expression within an embracing community of listeners, learners and like-minded folk. The variety and expressivity of Alasdair’s playing is evident in his numerous recordings—from intimate fiddle/guitar duets, to a more contemporary interpretation of tradition, to high energy original tunes with his Skyedance band. Recent, highly acclaimed albums include “Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle, Vols. 1 and 2,” and “Fire and Grace, ” which was named Scots Trad Album of the Year for 2004, “In the Moment” and most recently, “Abundance.”
California-born Brittany Haas is widely regarded as one of the most influential fiddlers of her generation. She grew up honing her craft in fiddle camps nationwide and came to her unique sound through the old-time fiddling of Bruce Molsky and the innovative stylings of Darol Anger. A prodigious youth, she began touring with Darol’s Republic of Strings at the age of 14. She simultaneously studied baboons in the evolutionary biology department of Princeton University (and minoring in music performance, composing with professor Dan Trueman) and joined seminal chamber-grass band Crooked Still. She has toured with them since, and also performed with Yonder Mountain String Band, Tony Trischka, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (her cellist sister), Abigail Washburn, and The Waybacks. She played her fiddle on Steve Martin’s Grammy Award-winning CD, “The Crow,” and performed in his band on Letterman and SNL. She released her debut self-titled solo album at 17, produced by Darol Anger and featuring Bruce Molsky, Mike Marshall, Alison Brown and others. Currently residing in Nashville, she is the co-leader of the Brittany Haas/Dan Trueman band who released their debut record “CrissCross” in 2011. She also plays in a fiddle duo with Lauren Rioux, an all-girl indie old-time band called The Fundies, “4tet” with Cleek Schrey (hardanger fiddle/pump organ), Jordan Tice (guitar) and Nic Gareiss (percussive dance), a trio with Jordan Tice and Paul Kowert (bassist in the Punch Brothers), and a duo with Kai Welch.
Anders Hall comes from Arbrå, Hälsingland in Sweden. He plays fiddle, viola and also the Hardanger fiddle, an instrument he studied at the Ole Bull Academy in Voss from 2006-2008. As a result he now has a unique knowledge of both, Norwegian traditional music as well as his native Swedish.
He has established himself as a creative and gifted musician on the Nordic folk music scene working with the likes of SVER and Taus with Sigrid Moldestad. He has an ability to reach the listener, fitting together old traditions with innovative ideas and expressions.
Prolific singer/composer Moira Smiley combines her vocal versatility with a passion and reverence for roots music worldwide to create, revive and re-interpret, lighting up the stage with body percussion, warm wit and a spell-binding array of American, East European and African-influenced folksong. Her vocal group, VOCO, was named #1 a cappella group in the U.S. in 2007.
“imaginative, stirring and transcendent” – The Daily News/The Mercury News
Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, composer and creative instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world, bridging folk, jazz and chamber music. His most recent release, The Other Side of the Air (2013) traverses the Cinnamon Route through Persia and India, revisits and reinvents melodies that Stone collected in West Africa, and includes a Concerto for Banjo and Chamber Symphony written for him.
“Stone’s airs evoke the sensation of simply being in the world, alive and aware.” – Washington Post