Bruce Molsky Residency
Sunday, February 18th, 2007 — Old Cabell Hall
The McIntire Department of Music presents widely recorded and highly respected Old-time musician Bruce Molsky atmthe University of Virginia's Old Cabell Hall on Sunday February 18th at 8pm.
Hailed "The Rembrandt of Appalachian fiddling" by Darol Anger, Molsky has been proficiently exploring traditional music from a variety of cultures over the past two decades. His influences range from Appalachia to Ireland to Eastern Europe. Whether he is performing alone, with other musicians, with a banjo, fiddle, or guitar in his hand, audiences are guaranteed an extremely unique and marvelous experience.
Molsky's six solo recordings, including his latest 2006 Soon Be Time album, have not only received great praise from the Washington Post, Washington Times and Bluegrass Unlimited, but they have also become significant marks for music lovers worldwide. Molsky continues to tour in the U.S and Europe; his many accomplishments include performances at the Lincoln Center in New York and at the Smithsonian Folk Festival in Washington, D.C. His collaborations with other artists have also proved to be high points in his career: Fiddlers 4 (with Darol Anger, Michael Doucet and Rushad Eggleston) was a 2003 Grammy nominee, and his participation in the recording "Abaraka!Tack!" from Swedish/Senegalese duo Ellika & Solo helped earn them the 2005 Swedish "Grammy". Because Molsky is such a highly-coveted fiddle and banjo teacher, he also teaches his own instrument workshop all over the U.S.
We are honored to have Molsky in Charlottesville on February 18th for a wide range of events. Molsky will start the day by giving a 10 am lecture in Old Cabell Hall: with fiddle in hand, he will present an overview of the southern music that was so much a part of American life before the 1930's radio and television takeover. This hour-long demonstration will leave you with a fresh perspective on old time music. The events will continue at 12:30 pm for Molsky's hands-on fiddle workshop. This informal session welcomes fiddlers and violinists from all styles: participants do not need to be advanced players. The only experience requirement is the ability to learn short phrases of music by ear. Molsky will teach some tunes as a means of focusing on musical elements that give old-time fiddling its distinctive sounds, like rhythm, intonation and ornamentation. The music will be presented aurally, and recorders are encouraged although video cameras will be prohibited. The lecture and workshop will be open to the public and free of charge.
Molsky will take the stage for a much anticipated 8 pm concert. Tickets ($10 for the general public in advance and $12 at the door, $6 for students), can be purchased at the Cabell Hall Box Office by calling (434) 924-3984 Monday-Friday 12pm-5pm, and two hours prior to the concert. Parking for events in Old Cabell Hall is located across from New Cabell Hall on Jefferson Park Avenue. Handicap parking is located behind Bryan Hall, adjacent to Old and New Cabell Halls. Be sure not to miss out on world-renowned artist Bruce Molsky's first visit to the University of Virginia.
"The Rembrandt of Appalachian Fiddling"
". . . brings a humble elegance and keen intellect to old-time music."
"Bruce Molsky has tapped in to a mystical awareness of how to bring about the new in something that is old. . . Bruce is a
complete musician and folk music entertainer."
". . . old-time music's answer to Ry Cooder."
Soon Be Time - Lazy John/The Bucking Mule
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112 Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Departmental Information: (434) 924-3052
Cabell Hall Box Office: (434) 924-3984