Acclaimed cellist Natalie Haas and Quebecois musician Yann Falquet will join Scottish harpist and singer Maeve Gilchrist and percussive dancer Nic Gareiss to perform as The DuoDuo Quartet at Phippsburg Congregational Church on Saturday, May 26, at 7:30. The show showcases the intimacy of each duo as well as the powerful collaboration between all four.
Haas is one of the most sought after cellists in Celtic music today, well-known for her 18-year collaboration with Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser that has resulted in five popular albums and numerous international tours. She has performed and recorded with a who's who of the fiddle world including Mark O'Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Irish supergroups Solas and Altan, and Americana icon Dirk Powell. Her husband, Yann Falquet is one of the leading acoustic guitarists in the Québécois music scene, having toured the world as part of French Canadian power trio Genticorum. In the last few years, the married couple has also performed as a duo, playing a mix of Quebecois traditional songs and new takes on western European folk music.
Born and raised in Scotland, Maeve Gilchrist‘s innovative approach to her instrument stretches its harmonic limits and improvisational possibilities. Her many appearances include the Tanglewood Jazz festival, the World Harp Congress in Amsterdam and the opening of the Scottish Parliament. Also a composer, Gilchrist recently premiered her first concerto for lever harp and symphony orchestra and is currently working on a number of commissions including a string quartet for Irish harp and string quartet to be premiered in Scotland this year.
Gilchrist and percussive dancer Nic Gareiss made their duo debut at Celtic Connections in Glasgow. Gareiss has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington and at venues and festivals throughout America, Canada and Europe. He has performed with luminaries of contemporary traditional music including The Chieftains, Darol Anger, Solas, Liz Carroll, and Bill Frisell. Gareiss has been described by the Irish Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald.
The show will be performed at the historic 1802 Phippsburg Congregational Church, 10 Church Lane (at Parker Head Rd.) in Phippsburg. Tickets are $20 at the door; $18 advance tickets are available at BrownPaperTickets.com Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 389-1770.
As always, if you wish to bring a refreshment for our intermission table, it makes our gathering all the merrier!