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VAA to feature world fusion group
Island music aficionados are in for a double treat at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 7, when Vashon Allied Arts New Works Series continues with two acts in one evening — all-original world music by Resonance, a new Island-based band, and a performance by popular Island duo Pat Reardon and Kim Cronin.
Resonance features Jason Everett on six-string fretted bass, five-string fretless bass and piccolo bass; Bill Moyer on percussion; Ken Jacobsen on guitars, cello and oud; Chip Lamason on mandolin, violin, viola, guitar, mandola and mando-cello; and Carolyn Candy on flutes.
The group plays all-instrumental, eclectic world music, drawing on the sounds of East Indian, Persian, Middle Eastern, world funk and Appalachian genres.
“It’s very much world fusion, and almost all original,” said Everett. “We all write, and there’s a wonderful collaborative approach to the music.”
Everett, who has played bass for more than 25 years, founded Minneapolis World Music Ensemble and has performed with several Vashon-based groups, including Rumpus, Turner Down and Loose Change.
Moyer has studied a variety of traditions from drum set to Afro-Cuban folkloric to North Indian classical. He has performed and recorded with many artists, including UMO, Ota Prota, Ela Lamblin, Jeff Greinke, Amy Denio and Trolls Cottage.
Jacobsen has performed and taught for nearly 20 years, holds a bachelors in classical guitar performance and has played numerous concerts and events. His repertoire of classical music ranges from traditional and modern composers to music from Latin and South America, Spain, Turkey and Japan.
Lamason, past member of Washington Mandolin Quintet and award-winning contra dance band Screech Malone and the Chaos Bubbas, is a student of West Virginia “Listening” fiddle music. He studied with Melvin Wine, Bruce Molsky, Jimmy Triplett and Dave Bing and has recorded two solo CDs of traditional Appalachian music arranged for mandolin chamber ensemble and a CD of contra dance tunes with the Chaos Bubbas.
Candy and her husband have lived on Vashon for 29 years. A music major at San Francisco State University, she is the elementary music teacher at Chautauqua Elementary School. Candy has played in many Bay Area ensembles and Island groups and taught flute lessons.
Reardon and Cronin, a duo, will launch the evening with their one-of-a-kind singer/songwriter original material.