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Darol Anger and the Furies

9 November 2018
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Chandler Center for the Arts

Fiddle legend Darol Anger returns to Vermont with one of his most popular groups, the Furies, when the eclectic American and global roots ensemble performs as part of Chandler’s “Live & Upstairs!” series on Friday evening, November 9.

The Chandler performance, set in the intimate, acoustically solid confines of Chandler’s Upper Gallery, will showcase Anger’s extraordinary fiddle talent alongside that of the young mandolin/fiddle genius Andy Reiner, and standout cellist and vocalist Joy Adams. Renowned singer-songwriter Emy Phelps rounds out the quartet, which is touring in support of its newest recording, Music of Our People.

One of American string music’s most revered performers, Darol Anger has spent more than four decades exploring bluegrass, jazz, and music from across the globe. He has helped drive the evolution of contemporary violin music through his groundbreaking work with acclaimed ensembles such as the David Grisman Quintet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, and his own Republic of Strings. Anger, an associate professor at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, has been composing, teaching, and performing internationally since 1977.

Anger’s band mates in the Furies have garnered significant recognition of their own. Singer-songwriter Emy Phelps has been a musician of note in her native Pacific Northwest since the mid-1980s. She has performed with a wide array of groups at many of the most prestigious string music festivals and venues in the country, including Rockygrass, Wintergrass, and the Music America Festival in Philadelphia. The core songwriter for the Furies, Phelps has collaborated on three recording projects and toured internationally with Anger.

Raised on a small farm near Spokane, Washington, Joy Adams began playing the cello at 15. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Adams’ classical adventures have included winning the Musicfest Northwest competition, performing at the world renowned Aspen Music Festival, and touring with the Selden String Quartet. During her last year at Eastman, however, the cellist turned her attention to American roots music, joining an old-timey string band, the Windsor Folk Family. Adams has since shared the stage with such major artists as Bruce Hornsby, Ben Folds, Bobby McFerrin, and Chick Corea.

Fiddler, mandolinist, composer, and educator Andy Reiner began performing at age five with the Massachusetts-based Reiner Family Band. Earning a degree in violin performance from Berklee launched Reiner into a flurry of performing and teaching the world over, including a stint touring with The Earth Stringband under the America Abroad Tour under the auspices of the U.S. State Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center. In addition to touring with the Furies and other string ensembles, Reiner also teaches improvisation, composition, and fiddle styles privately and at schools, universities, and music camps throughout the country.

Check out a heady mix of bluegrass, jazz, and global string music and song with Darol Anger & the Furies, “live and upstairs” in the Upper Gallery of the Chandler Center for the Arts on Friday, November 9 at 7:30 pm. For tickets and more information, call the Chandler Box Office at (802) 728-6464, visit chandler-arts.org, or stop by Chandler weekdays between 12 and 4 pm.


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