SPRINGVILLE — Named for a small but powerful river in Tennessee, Harpeth Rising brings its original sound to Springville Center for the Arts on Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. The band’s music is the convergence of a classical education, folk music, Americana, blues, bluegrass and acoustic. The players create songs that layer instrumental arrangements with four-part harmonies and lyrics that depict wanderlust, curiosity, class struggle and love.
The band has played internationally, with The Bath Philharmonia, at The Cambridge Folk Festival and folk festivals across England and the United States.
The band includes Jordana Greenberg, a native of Ontario, Canada, who has performed violin as a soloist in the United States, Canada, France, Japan and throughout South and Central America.
Rebecca Reed-Lunn grew up listening to Gustav Mahler, Edith Piaf and Bob Dylan in her hometown of Davis, Calif. She began teaching herself the banjo, by watching Pete Seeger videos on YouTube while studying the viola in graduate school at Indiana University. She started performing across the United States with Greenberg, developing a style of playing that integrates her classical viola training with her left hand and traditional frailing with her right. She has also incorporated right-hand techniques more typical of other instruments, such as ukelele and Spanish guitar.
Chris Burgess was born and raised in Louisville, Ky. and first developed an interest in ethnic music and percussion instruments from around the world, which he continued while completing a Masters of Music at The Boston Conservatory. He utilizes the diversity of musical cultures he has studied, to help create the distinctive percussion style of Harpeth Rising.
Maria Di Meglio hails from Brooklyn, N.Y., and currently resides in Nashville, Tenn. She performs a wide variety of musical styles, including classical and folk music of Eastern Europe and the Americas, as well as contemporary music. Her performances have taken her throughout the United States and Europe, ranging from folk stages to Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall.
Opening for Harpeth Rising is local musician Bethany Fonda. Fonda utilizes euphonious melodies and rhythmic guitar work.
This show is produced by JimHoweConcerts. The SCA is located at 37 North Buffalo St. in Springville.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at SpringvilleArts.org
or by calling 592-9038. Tickets are also available at the door.