BROOKTONDALE NY - Wed Aug 15th 2012 at 7:00 pm for a House Concert followed by a music jam at The Canaan Institute (Mike and Raylene’s workshop). Donation for the band $15- RSVP: please email Mike Ludgate to reserve your seats and for directions firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sandra Wong and Ross Martin come together in a dynamic combination of nyckelharpa/fiddle, and guitar to explore music from all corners of the globe, including their own compositions. Sandra and Ross have been playing music together for 8 years and are now taking their duo on the road.
Reaching into their individual roots of Classical, Bluegrass, Jazz, Scandinavian, Middle-eastern, Old-time American music and more, their arrangements honor each tradition while moving into new, uncharted territory. Whether it’s old-time tunes in 7, Bach on nyckelharpa and guitar, Swedish tunes from hundreds of years ago brought into a 21st century arrangement, original compositions or simply beautifully played renditions of traditional folk melodies from around the world; Sandra and Ross create a musical playground for everyone (both musicians and listeners) to explore, play, stretch, and grow in a joyful space.
About the musicians …
Sandra Wong started her life journey in upstate New York, displaying a deep love of music at a very early age. She began studying the violin at age seven with the intention of becoming a concert violinist. This remained her sole focus for fifteen years until she discovered fiddling.and her musical world was turned upside down!
Since then, Sandra’s focus with her music has shifted from being an isolated striving for technical perfection to a focus on connecting other people and cultures through music as a way to build community and express our common humanity. Opening this door with an exploration of Irish, Old-time and Bluegrass music, her folk music journey has moved her in to her current livelihood of teaching, performing, recording and collaborating with other musicians from a diverse range of world music genres. In 1999, Sandra opened another door when she discovered a 14th century Swedish folk instrument called the nyckelharpa and fell in love. This is a 16 stringed, keyed instrument played with a bow. It had become an integral part of her work and musical expression. Sandra has toured nationally and internationally as a solo artist and in collaboration with various musicians. She has appeared at numerous festivals and concert series. Her current projects include The Sandra Wong, Dominick Leslie, Ty Burhoe Trio” as well as work as a solo artist and freelance musician collaborating with musicians in all musical genres. She has released two solo albums; “It’s About Time” in 1999, and “Joy” in 2000. She recently released two collaborative albums; “Frolic and Romp” in 2009 and “Sunny Side Up” in 2010. Sandra has recorded on a number of her contemporaries projects. This discography is available on request.
Another important aspect of Sandra’s work is education and nurturing a deep love of music and the arts in both children and adults. She teaches privately, and in group and workshop settings, and presents family and children’s concerts. Sandra also creates and personally facilitates musical study trips to different countries leading people into the heart of each country As an active member of 1% For the Planet, a percentage of all Sandra’s CD sales and proceed from concerts supports responsible projects working to create susatainability on our Planet Earth. In addition, Sandra also supports numerous other charitable organizations.
Guitarist Ross Martin has performed in concert halls, honky-tonks, theaters, rock clubs, living rooms, on festival stages, television programs and everywhere in between. Having grown up in the suburbs of Dallas, TX, with brief stints in East Tennessee, Ross headed West after attending the University of North Texas and earning a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz studies. After living for ten years in the front range area of Colorado, he relocated to the east coast and has resided in the New York City borough of Brooklyn for the past five years. His musical path has covered as much territory as his physical one. Reflecting his love of diverse genres like jazz, bluegrass, country, folk, experimental and classical music, Ross has always felt at home with fellow musicians who seek to reconcile, through their music, the incredible wealth of styles available to listeners in this global and digital age. He has toured and performed with a wide range of artists including Matt Flinner, Tony Furtado, Ron Miles, Mollie O’Brien, The Motet, Caroline Herring, Dwele, Sonya Kitchell and many others.
Along with bassist Eric Thorin, Ross has been a member of the Matt Flinner Trio for the past six years. Known in acoustic circles for his groundbreaking mandolin work, Matt, a composition major in college, developed a unique concept for the trio. His idea was for all three band members to write a tune each day while on tour and perform it that evening. After several tours, the trio picked twelve of their favorite tunes and recorded them. The result is “Music du Jour” which was released on Compass Records in April of 2009. Many more compositions have been written since and the trio is scheduled to record its second release in September of 2011.
Under his own name, Ross has one recording, “Volley” that’s available for purchase on his site and another project in the works. The new recording is produced by Matt and features Darol Anger on fiddle, Ron Miles on trumpet, Greg Garrison on bass, Dominic Lalli on sax, Matt on mandolin, Ross on electric guitar and Marc Dalio on drums. You can listen to two tracks from this project on the music page. Ross is currently performing and teaching in the New York City area as well as touring nationally and internationally with various projects. For information on upcoming projects, sign up for the email list and visit the tour page.
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