World and Americana Music Fusion with Free Planet Radio & The Billy Sea
Concert & Workshops
Concert 8 pm
Workshops: 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
(828) 348-5327 http://myaltamont.com/
Tickets: Concert $15
Workshops:$25 for all three/$15 for individual classes
Workshops & Concert package - $30
World & Americana Music Fusion with Free Planet Radio & The Billy Sea
Free Planet Radio and Billy the Sea share the stage at the Altamont Theatre on Saturday July 14th 8pm for a richly unique night of World Americana, smooth Jazz blends, rhythmic adventures and improvisational mastery. Join us in the afternoon for workshops with the musicians on the topics of Global Melodies (with Chris Rosser & Billy Caridine) World Percussion (with River Guerguerian) and Groove Construction with the Modern Bass (with Grammy Award winner Eliot Wadopian & Jake Wolf). Tickets available at the Altamont Theatre. myaltamont.com
*5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: World Percussion Class with River Guerguerian (www.ShareTheDrum.com)
Bring your instruments to the workshops: dobro, indian slide guitar, lap steel, banjo, oud, electric and string bass, hand drums
The Billy Sea Bio
The Billy Sea is a collection of prolific solo artists who have come together to create a sound called 'Global Americana' music. Founded by slide guitar revolutionary Billy Cardine, the sound is firmly planted in American roots music, but also pulls influence from all corners of the world. Cardine, a classically trained pianist in his youth, eventually fell in love with the sound of the slide guitar and plays Dobro, Chaturangui, Weissenborn and Electric Steel guitars. River Guerguerian commands a wide range of musical styles on his unique blend of percussion instruments, combining elements and experience from all over the world, and resulting in a powerful rhythmic perspective that is both familiar and otherworldly. Bassist Jake Wolf adds his intricate and original mix of musical elements, as a powerful melodic voice and a driving rhythmic force on the 6 string bass. Each musician has had a bright career up to this point, but for The Billy Sea, this is just the beginning.
Free Planet Radio Bio
Free Planet Radio creates "a gorgeous listening experience”. Rich, colorful music that moves between sweetness and melancholy, rural and worldly, while effortless and hypnotic.” An evening with Free Planet Radio offers a richly unique aural experience which includes the exotic sliding string sounds of the Indian Dotar dancing around a pulsing Jazz Bass accented by the shimmering jingles of an Egyptian Riq Tambourine. Free Planet Radio weaves Middle Eastern, Indian, and North African melodic and rhythmic structures and blends them expertly with the subtleties and harmonic vocabulary of Western classical music, underscored with the improvisatory element of Jazz.
Free Planet Radio consists of Chris Rosser, exploring melody on a variety of Indian and Turkish stringed instruments, guitar, piano and melodica; River Guerguerian on an extensive array of global percussion instruments including Middle Eastern frame drums and doumbek, Latin American cajon, and Western drum set; and multi-Grammy award-winning bassist Eliot Wadopian on electric and string basses, leaping effortlessly between rhythm and melody.
These artists emerged from three of the country's finest conservatories, and each has established himself in concert halls and studios, appearing on over 250 recordings and in 30 countries. Their immense individual talents have garnered worldwide recognition in performances from Carnegie Hall to the Hong Kong World Music Festival; from the Kennedy Center to the Madrid International Jazz Festival. These versatile musicians now unite their expansive talents, instruments, harmonies and rhythm