Anna & Elizabeth

The Grey Eagle and Worthwhile Sounds Present

Anna & Elizabeth

House And Land, Shane Parish

Tue, April 10, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15.00

This event is all ages

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Anna & Elizabeth
Anna & Elizabeth
Their show is like no other. Through their immersive creative process and bold interpretations, Anna & Elizabeth’s visionary partnership pioneers new ways of presenting old songs and stories to modern audiences. Since 2011, with a deep and shared love of old Appalachian music, they stand at the vanguard of tradition and the avant-garde, transforming traditional music with innovative, modern arrangements. Their captivating performance integrates visual art, movement and experimental film with breathtaking harmonies.

The performance magic comes from unique strengths of each artist: Elizabeth LaPrelle, lauded as the finest traditional singer of her generation, is rooted in rural Virginia and a lifetime of singing ballads. Anna Roberts-Gevalt’s musical path has led her from the kitchens of Kentucky banjo elders to sessions in Brooklyn’s thriving experimental music world. A master instrumentalist, Anna is the band’s arranger and driving force.

In winter 2018, Anna & Elizabeth will release their third full-length album; a continuing progression of their evolving sound. It is co-produced by Anna and Benjamin Lazar Davis (avant-pop outfit Cuddle Magic) and features Jim White of The Dirty Three on drums, and lauded experimental pedal steel player Susan Alcorn (Mary Halvorsen Octet).

In the spring, Anna & Elizabeth will tour the US, UK & Europe to support their new project, with additional accompanists to recreate the expansive sonic landscape of their album. The spartan simplicity of their voices and acoustic instruments will include percussion, synth, pump organ, woodwinds, field recordings, film projections, choreography, and crankies -- illustrated, hand-cranked scrolls depicting songs and stories as they are performed.

Anna & Elizabeth has appeared on stages across the world, including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Brighton Festival, Newport Folk Festival, National Sawdust, Atlanta Museum of Modern Art, Old Town School of Folk Music, Brooklyn Folk Fest; intimate theaters across the U.S., U.K. & Europe; and fellowships to develop their work at the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Centrum. They have released two acclaimed full-length albums--Sun to Sun (2012) and Anna & Elizabeth (2015).

Anna Roberts-Gevalt is a voracious and curious musician who nestles in the space between ancient ballads and new sounds. After spending years in Baltimore’s underground art scene, she now resides in Brooklyn, NY. She fell in love with the sound of banjo in college, moved to the mountains, and learned with master musicians in Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina. She has been a fellow at the Berea College Traditional Music Archive and OneBeat (Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation); three years artistic director of Kentucky’s traditional music institute, the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School; and co-curator of Baltimore's Crankie Festival. She is a summer 2017 fellow at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, and recently studied in a workshop with Meredith Monk.

Elizabeth LaPrelle is a world-renowned ballad singer who resides on a farm in Rural Retreat, VA. The student of master singer Ginny Hawker and National Heritage Fellow Sheila Kay Adams, LaPrelle was the first recipient of the Henry Reed Award from the Library of Congress at age 16, and won the 2012 Mike Seeger Award at Folk Alliance International. She has been hailed as “the best young Appalachian ballad singer to emerge in recent memory” by UK’s fRoots Magazine.
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We're really excited for their new record on Smithsonian! Here's a little information on that as well...

Rarely does an album based on traditional folk music resonate so strongly in modern times, but Anna & Elizabeth’s new album The Invisible Comes to Us taps into their imagination-fueled arsenal to present a work of unique, genre-bending storytelling and sonic exploration. Lauded by many well-known musicians and widely loved for their moving minimalist arrangements, Anna & Elizabeth’s partnership pioneers new ways of presenting old songs and stories to modern audiences. Co-producer Benjamin Lazar Davis (of Cuddle Magic) and musicians like legendary avant-rock drummer Jim White (The Dirty Three, Xylouris White) assist in the duo’s vision of breathing life and new perspective into the crackling and disintegrating recordings and artifacts of the past. The Invisible Comes to Us is Anna & Elizabeth’s third full-length album and first with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, available Spring 2018.
House And Land
House And Land
House and Land is the duo of Sally Anne Morgan (fiddle, shruti box, banjo, vocals) and Sarah Louise Henson (vocals, 12-string guitar, shruti box, bouzouki). Sally and Sarah started playing together after Sarah opened for The Black Twig Pickers for whom Sally plays the fiddle. The duo quickly discovered that they were both interested in the same very specific forms of traditional music. Additionally, they both viewed it through the lens of their shared love of modern, experimental and minimal music. “We honor what two voices and bodies can do in one moment in time. It totally shapes our sound.”
Shane Parish
Shane Parish
Guitarist Shane Parish is an improvisor, composer, and educator residing in Asheville, North Carolina. He founded the avant-rock band Ahleuchatistas in 2002, which has released eight studio albums to date on esteemed creative music labels such as Tzadik Records, International Anthem, and Cuneiform Records. The band’s critically acclaimed 2004 album The Same and the Other was hailed by legendary NYC saxophonist and composer John Zorn as "one of the most intense documents of compositional rock complexity ever recorded.” Pitchfork gave it an 8.0.

In late 2016, Parish released an instrumental solo acoustic album called Undertaker Please Drive Slow, on Tzadik Records. The music for this album was conceived in a single night of inspiration in February 2016 when Parish freely interpreted several Appalachian, folk, blues, gospel, and old English tunes into his tape recorder, allowing all of his background in classical guitar, country blues, jazz, and free improvisation to blend into a seamless and effortless flow. This demo caught the ears of Zorn, who immediately offered to produce the album. When guitar maestro Marc Ribot heard these recordings he proclaimed, “Shane Parish is one of the most interesting new guitar voices to come out of the country blues tradition of Mississippi John Hurt, Lightin Hopkins…” Having long established his creative voice as a radical and creative electric guitarist in the long-running Ahleuchatistas, Parish now reveals a more elaborate and intimate inner world with his solo acoustic performances of whimsy, passion and virtuosity.



"The longer pieces contain silences and pronounced dissonances that suggest a more than passing acquaintance with John Cage’s music for prepared piano, as well as melodic permutations that move as fluidly as Grant Green in a purposeful mood. Parish does not improvise according to any known set of jazz prescriptions, but like Django Reinhardt or Charlie Christian, his improvisations express a strong sense of form."--Bill Meyer, Dusted



"Parish's deeply personalized spin on roots music transcends any semblances of playing it safe. More importantly, he establishes a musical conduit that pays homage to tradition while unlocking new passageways, enacted with the utmost sincerity." --Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz



“It’s not easy to find such vitality, originality, and fire in songs this old and familiar, but Parish both underlines the lasting power of these songs and makes them sound as if they’re new bolts of wisdom from the great beyond. His music has never hit me so hard.” —Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
Venue Information:
The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC, 28801
http://www.thegreyeagle.com/