It’s finally starting to warm up in Austin, but Aaron Lack’s Vibetet will make you feel like you are sitting by a fire on a snowy night. The Vibetet joined us in Studio 1A to play selections off of his newest album, Lovely Night, which contains jazz covers of songs from the hit musical film La La Land, and a special surprise – Drake’s Hotline Bling. Their use of the vibraphone uplifts the more melancholic songs on the album, and their sense of rhythm and swing will make you want to get up from your desk and dance around. The Vibetet consists of some of the most talented jazz musicians in Austin, so you won’t want to miss their performance at Central Market’s Westgate location from noon – 3 PM on Sunday, May 6th. Have a listen to their Studio 1A session below!
Austin outfit Wood & Wire create tried and true Texan bluegrass music. Their fast songs are just as meaningful as their slower ones, and, due to its incredible harmonies, their music wouldn’t sound out of place in a movie like “O Brother, Where Art Thou.” Lead singer Tony Kamel writes from the heart, often incorporating stories of his family or grandfather from Llano, TX into his songs. His songwriting is collaborative, working either with his bandmates or friends to write the sweet, bluesy lyrics we hear on their records. Join Wood & Wire at the Historic Scoot Inn on Saturday, 4/28, to celebrate the release of their new album, North of Despair, along with Kalu & the Electric Joint. Take a listen to their Studio 1A Session below!
Scoot Inn – Doors 7 PM
Vocalist Icy Simpson, Cellist Liz Lee, and Beerthoven creator and pianist Daniel Swayze joined us in Studio 1A to give us a taste of this coming weekend’s Americana-themed Beerthoven program. Lee and Swayze first played “Berceuse” for cello and piano by Amy Beach, a composer from early 20th century Boston. The piece is like a lullaby and a great example of Beach’s incredible compositional talent. The second piece, solo cello piece “Julie-O” by Mark Summer, is played expertly by Lee and incorporates many unusual cello techniques, giving it a jazzy flair. Our host John Aielli was correct in describing Simpson’s voice as “splendid” for their last piece, “There Is a Balm in Gilead.” The musicians work seamlessly together, and their musical talent is some of the finest in Austin. See them perform live at Austin’s Historic Saengerrunde Hall, and listen to their Studio 1A session below!
Friday 4/27 at 7:30 pm – Tickets and info
Sunday 4/29 at 3:00 pm – Tickets and info
Italian cellist Francesco Mastromatteo is more than just a talented musician. He is a full-fledged music historian. He plays each piece with not only musicality, but with a deeper understanding of what the composer intended. The first piece he played by Italian composer and cellist Alfredo Piatti, Capriccio Op. 25, is called the Chopin of cello pieces. The way Chopin encourages pianists to extend their fingers to the full range of the piano is what Piatti has done for the cello. For his second piece, Mastromatteo performed the first movement of Hindemith’s Sonata for Cello Op. 25, which he describes as a piece that asks not what emotion we’re feeling, but why and how do we feel it? These philosophical questions serve to add complexity and seriousness to Mastromatteo’s tone and prove his unyielding respect to these great composers. Francesco Mastromatteo will be performing at Oakhill United Methodist Church’s “Love Concert” benefitting the Interfaith Action of Central Texas for Refugees on April 21, and make sure to listen to his Studio 1A session below!
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Keikilani, Daniel, and Leo Lindsey form the Mele’Uhane Trio, a father and sons project from Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island that is dedicated to dispersing the spirit of Hawaiian music abroad. The ancestral Lindsey family moved to Hawaii from Scotland in the 1800s as cowherds, but the current Lindseys’ proclaim they are no farmers. Instead, they are nomadic musical powerhouses, trading the Hawaiian life for the touring life. They have experimented with language on their albums, with the first two entirely in the Hawaiian language and their most recent in English. Though some of their songs are in the native Hawaiian language, you don’t need to know the language to be affected by the music. Keikilani’s emotions are easily expressed through the nuance in his voice and he harmonizes perfectly with his sons’ voices and guitars. They are performing an acoustic set at NeWorlDeli on Wednesday evening, April 18th. Check out their Studio 1A Session below!