Lena Jonsson, Tristan Clarridge & Dominick Leslie in Aptos
Collectively, these three have studied with many of acoustic music's greatest legends; Lena from members of the Swedish folk supergroup Väsen and a host of Sweden's most revered traditional masters, Tristan from Darol Anger, Alasdair Fraser & Mark O'Connor, and Dominick from mandolin gods David Grisman, Mike Marshall and Chris Thile, to name a few.
The musical conversation is playful and exuberant, exploring old and new songs and tunes of Sweden, Ireland, the Appalachian mountains, and beyond.
Their collaboration was inspired by a meeting at the renowned Mt Shasta Music Summit, where acoustic masterminds from around the globe unite each summer for a series of concerts and workshops for dedicated musicians of all ages. Thanks to the support of Sweden's Musikverket, they're embarking on a US west coast tour in March 2016, and a Swedish tour in October, with recording plans also in the works.
All three grew up in a musical household, learning and absorbing music since just about the day they were born. Lena was raised in Hälsingland, Sweden, in a family where everyone plays the fiddle. Tristan grew up in a tipi, in the mountains of northern California, attending fiddle camps all over the country and playing in his first fiddle contest at age 3. A native of Colorado, Dominick attended his first bluegrass festival at the age of 5 months, and has immersed himself in music ever since.
Lena Jonsson is a curious and exuberant musician. She was brought up in Hälsingland, a region in Sweden with a rich tradition of folk music and culture, in a family where everyone plays the fiddle.
Lena began her musical journey at age 6, continuing on to study Swedish folk music performance at the Royal Music Academy in Stockholm. Active in Sweden's progressive and creative youth folk music community, she has recorded on over twenty albums, received numerous performance and composing grants, and tours Sweden, Europe, and the US with her bands Duo Jonsson Coudroy, The Goodbye Girls, Skenet, Limbohofvet, and in duo with Brittany Haas. She also composes new tunes in the Swedish folk tradition, and plays for traditional dances.
Tristan Clarridge is a 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion who began music studies at the age of two. He has toured the world as the cellist with folk-grass sensation Crooked Still, The Bee Eaters, and Darol Anger's seminal Republic of Strings, and performed with Mike Marshall, Bruce Molsky, and Cape Breton fiddle star Natalie MacMaster. Inspired by revolutionaries such as Darol Anger, Rushad Eggleston, Edgar Meyer and Bela Fleck, Tristan has found himself amidst a cello revolution, synthesizing traditional folk and fiddle influences along with rhythmic vocabulary from jazz, classical, and popular music.
Dominick Leslie Though only 26 years old, mandolinist Dominick Leslie has spent every one of those years immersed in bluegrass and acoustic music, and his innovative style and musical curiosity are informed by these deep roots. He has studied with mandolin masters David Grisman, Mike Marshall and Chris Thile, won numerous mandolin championships, and performed in France as a member of Mike Marshall's Young American Mandolin Ensemble. He has toured with The Brotet, The Bee Eaters, The Grant Gordy Quartet, Noam Pikelny, and The Deadly Gentlemen.
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