Original music by Celtic folk sextet Night Tree
Night Tree includes the dark resonance of the cello, baritone saxophone, and cajon meeting with the drones of accordion and intertwining with the soaring melodies of dueling fiddles. Contrast is created with the replacement of the baritone saxophone with the soprano saxophone, adding another fiddle-like melodic instrument to the mix. Drawing from an unusually diverse mix of musical backgrounds, Night Tree has discovered a sound both colorfully and resonantly different while delving into the realm of harmonies and rhythm that range from edgy to inviting, both unheard of and timeless.
Night Tree, named the 2016-2017 Wildcard Honors Ensemble at the New England Conservatory (NEC), first began in a practice room starting with just fiddle, cajon, and accordion. It quickly expanded to include an additional fiddle player, cellist, and baritone saxophone. This creative and spiritually connected band held early rehearsals in complete darkness to have an unobscured focus on developing their musical and aural connection. These rehearsals guided them as they targeted each other's individual sounds. Duos and trios formed within the ensemble, as well as building and molding the sound of the band. Rehearsals consisted from free improvisations to traditional Irish jig-to-reel sets and everything in between, as can be heard in their arrangement "Ships," which surrounds two traditional tunes about actual ocean vessels with improvisational sections that depict a shipwreck.
Night Tree are Lily Honigberg,violin; Chris Overholser, violin; Zach Mayer, bari and soprano sax, voice; Sunniva Brynnel , accordion and voice; McKinley James, cello; and Julian Loida, percussion. Though each member of Night Tree originates from a different world, the six members have come together to create something new and unique specifically to their instrumentation and musical voices, attracting new audiences and connecting folk music lovers, caf radio junkies, jazz enthusiasts, free-improvisation cliques, and beyond.
The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Tickets in advance are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, and $45 for premium, reserved seats. At the door, prices increase by $5 to $25 general admission and $20 for seniors. Information and advance tickets are available in person at Village Square Booksellers on the Square in Bellows Falls, by phone at 802-460-0110, and at stonechurcharts.org.
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