Andy Statman & Tim O’Brien
Event on 2015-03-16 20:00:00
Welcomes Andy Statman & Tim O'Brien
ANDY STATMAN Website
Andy Statman was born in New York City. Beginning at age 12, he learned to play banjo and guitar, following the example of his older brother Jimmy, and then switched to mandolin, which he studied briefly under lifelong-friend David Grisman. He also learned to play R&B and jazz saxophone, for a time under the tutelage of Richard Grando, who played saxophone in Earth Opera. As a teenager Statman was already performing in public in Washington Square Park and with local string bands. In 1969 he attended Franconia College in Franconia, New Hampshire, but eventually dropped-out to pursue a musical career.
He first gained acclaim as a mandolinist as a sideman with David Bromberg and Russ Barenberg, as well as in the pioneering bluegrass bands Country Cookin' and Breakfast Special. During the course of exploring a wide range of roots and ethnic music, Statman turned to klezmer music, traditional Eastern European Jewish instrumental music. This led Statman, who grew up in a traditional but secular Jewish home, to reconnect with his Jewish roots. In 2007, he was a Grammy Awards nominee in the Country Instrumental category for his version of Bill Monroe's "Rawhide" on Shefa CD East Flatbush Blues. Andy Statman plays a Will Kimble F-5 mandolin, after having played an early 1920s Gibson A2Z for more than 35 years. He plays several Albert-system clarinets.
Tim O’Brien Website
A singer of unusual clarity and originality, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist of rare ability, and an incisive songwriter, Tim O’Brien has, over the last 20 years, made a lasting mark on what some are calling “Americana” music through his innate musicianship and his wide-ranging tastes. Whether it’s the reinterpretation of an old fiddle tune, a revitalized honky-tonk shuffle from the 1950s, or an original, bluegrass-inflected folk song, O’Brien’s music feels familiar and comfortable while never lapsing into the predictable. The Wall Street Journal called him “a player who updates and clarifies classic repertoire without stripping it of its earthy essence, and who writes classic-sounding material stamped with his own perceptive personality.” He describes what he’s been doing all these years more concisely: “making something new out of something old.”
O’Brien has lent his vocal and instrumental work to projects by a wide range of artists, including Laurie Lewis, Maura O’Connell, Kathy Kallick, Jerry Douglas, Peter Ostroushko, Dwight Yoakam, Pat Alger, and Robert Earl Keen. Any of these artists would tell you of their immense respect for O’Brien’s ability to convey something distinctive and personal in each of his performances. His style has evolved in the fashion of so many traditionalists before him, through listening to a wide range of players, adopting and adapting what fit his technique and personality and fusing them. “It’s like chiseling away a sculpture,” O’Brien says of finding an artistic style. “It was always there. You’ve just got to find what it is that’s you.”
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