"AppalAsia is one of the most innovative and musically exciting groups I have ever heard. The unusual combination of instruments creates such a joyous feeling and combines sophisticated composition with brilliant playing in a way that makes it all seem effortless. Those of us who sat and listened were all literally spell bound. Hearing the banjo played in new ways and the use of the traditional Chinese violin played with stunning virtuosity with Jeff Berman’s dulcimer was just what the world needs to hear. This wasn’t cross-over or fusion. This was great music making that needs no label ,,,” -- David Amram/ NERFA 2015
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Jeff Berman, dulcimer, percussion
Mimi Jong, erhu
Susan Powers, banjo, vocal
AppalAsia’s evocative and ambitious performance language for dulcimer, erhu, banjo and voices combines influences from Appalachian and Asian music tradition with uniquely original compositions to create music that is soulful, sophisticated, and genre bending. Drawing on the inspiration of these traditions, they extend the language and context for using these instruments as both solo and ensemble players.
The individual members of AppalAsia have extensive histories of collaboration, touring, and genre-extending interaction with artists from across the globe, including Min Xiao-Fen, Andy Statman, Osei Korankye, Tony Trischka, Susan McKeown, Karen Han, Samir Chatterjee, Devilish Merry and Arthur Russel,. The group has performed and collaborated with such artists as Tibetan singer Pasang Dolma and Alash: Tuvan Throat Singers and Musicians, as well as conducting lecture/demonstrations for the ethnomusicology department of the University of Pittsburgh, highlighting their cross-cultural collaboration.
Tickets: $15 in advance/$18 at door/$10 full-time student with ID