“My favorite memory of Strings is the rainbow before Kathy Mattea’s performance.”
|Strings Music Festival Tent – 1996
Last week, we were graced with another beautiful rainbow as we celebrated 25 years of Strings. It seemed especially fitting that it ended at the Pavilion.
|Strings Music Pavilion – 2012
Posted on July 20, 2012
“A seriously funky collective capable of bringing elements of deep soul, New Orleans funk, Stax/Memphis stylings and earthy R&B together . . . Kincheloe wove a sultry, sexy spell with her incredible blues-soaked lines and deep-in-the-groove dance moves.” -The Buffalo News
|Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds
Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds have hit the ground running since 2010 with the release of their debut, self-titled album. The band is the next hottest thing, having opened for the Black Keys, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, the Rebirth Brass Band, and the Soul Rebels Brass Band, and with lead singer Arleigh Kincheloe’s voice being compared to Adele, Amy Winehouse, and Janis. Their music turns jazzy New Orleans blues into rock ‘n roll, and the crowd can’t resist the urge to dance.
Below you can watch the band’s newest music video, ‘Another Ride.’ Kincheloe
says, “The whole carnival idea, “Another Ride” is about life, but the imagery is directly inspired by being a little kid at the Margaretville Fair.”
If you want the inside scoop from the band, check out their blog here: http://www.sistersparrow.com/category/tour-blog/
. Humorous anecdotes and entertaining stories from life on the road let you know that they have just as much fun off the stage as on.
Live Music in Steamboat:
Kincheloe talks about the band’s explosive live show in an interview with The Grateful Web
: “The boys sort of told me this early on, ‘Man you sing the song different every time and it’s really cool because it inspires us to do the same and to have that freedom and creativity.’ We try to play to the audience as much as we can and I think that immediately changes the vibe of the song. So you might not hear the same thing twice with us, which is exciting.”
Posted on July 18, 2012
|Chamber Orchestra – Strings Music Festival
The other day I was at one of our Outreach Programs
at the Boys and Girls Club with our artist-in-residence string quartet, the Tesla Quartet
. They asked the group of 6-10 year olds, “does anyone know what pizzicato is?” As my mind went blank, a curly blond haired kid, no more than 6, raised his hand and confidently said “plucking.” If you are wondering if he was right, keep reading because this post is for you.
Chamber Music: Written for a small group of instruments, the word “chamber” signifies that the music can be performed in a small room with an intimate atmosphere. This could also be compared to the modern day “jam session.”
Orchestra: A large instrumental ensemble with sections of string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments, led by a conductor. These have different names depending on size. A smaller-sized orchestra (of about fifty players or less) is called a chamber orchestra. A full-size orchestra (about 100 players) may sometimes be called a symphony orchestra or philharmonic orchestra.
Concerto: This basically means solo with the orchestra. Here you will want to pay attention because someone is about to show off some mad skills.
Applause: Here is the moment you have been waiting for to show your appreciation. Well sometimes you have to wait a little longer. Somewhere in the early 19th century it was decided that applause interrupted the momentum of a piece, which is why we now hold our applause until all movements (little songs within a piece) are complete. It looks like Mozart lost this battle years ago when he expected that people would eat and talk over his music, particularly at dinner, and was delighted when his audience would clap during his symphonies.
Pizzicato: Plucking – he was right.
Cristin Frey is the Marketing Director for Strings Music Festival. Look for more of her posts debunking classical music terminology.
Posted on July 16, 2012