NORWOOD -- The Norwood Village Green Concert Series presents Harpeth Rising July 13 at 7 p.m. and the Sultans of String on Thursday July 17 at 7 p.m.
Named for the small but powerful river in Tennessee, Harpeth Rising creates original songs that layer lush instrumental arrangements with rich harmonies and powerful lyrics. Their songs depict wanderlust, eternal curiosity, class struggle and extraordinary love. The result is a sound that is both rooted in the folk tradition and simultaneously pushing the envelope.
Having studied music for a combined 70 years, they are capable of expressing the full range of human emotion using only the 13 strings they have between them. But they don’t stop there: Their harmonies run the gamut from traditional Bluegrass to full on Gregorian organum. Articulate lyricists, expressive and innovative players and singers, Harpeth Rising is the complete package. The members met while earning performance degrees at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and despite their diverse beginnings (hailing from vastly different cultures and geographic areas), found in each other a unified musical idea – and a brand new one at that.
2010 JUNO Award nominees and “Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity”, Sultans of String thrill their audiences with their global sonic tapestry of Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, and French Manouche, Gypsy-jazz, celebrating musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar while a funk bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance.
The band is riding a wave of success from their sold out Yalla Yalla! and Move Canadian CD release tours, to their national features on CTV’s Canada AM and CBC’s Canada Live, and their triple nomination for the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards, winning Instrumental Group of the Year.
Admission is free but there is a “pass the bucket.”