Improvisational Acoustic Guitar & Upright Bass

Join us for an evening of improvisational guitar from Tashi Dorji & a blend of folk with classical from upright bassist Haley Bowman, Sunday, September 2, at Matt Miller Studio in downtown Fayetteville. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the concert starting at 5 p.m.

Tashi Dorji will perform an improvised solo set on acoustic guitar for sounds that a review in music magazine The Wire describes as “perfectly formed explosions that are full of movement and prickly energy.” The Bhutan-born guitarist now calls Asheville, North Carolina, home base. With a focus on a style that he describes as “unbound by tradition,” Dorji invites intuitive connection and a labyrinth of textures.

His debut recording was released in 2014 on Hermit Hut, a label founded by Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance, a musical project that began when Chasny wanted to merge the styles of finger-picked acoustic guitar to improvisational drone elements. Listen to Dorji’s extensive solo and collaborative experimental recordings at his Bandcamp page.

Haley Bowman, now in her fifth year at the University of Arkansas as a music business major, will open the evening, performing a  solo upright bass set that blends folk and classical styles.

Explore Rarely Heard Chamber Music of Florence Price

If you were bummed that you couldn't make it to our Feb. 21 concert at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, you're in luck. A bit of inclement weather meant postponing the Florence Price Chamber Music concert to this Wednesday evening, Mar. 14. The concert, which begins at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. Simply reserve your seat here.

Engage intimately with music for strings and piano from Arkansas’s rarely performed classical composer Florence Price, a Little Rock native who became the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra when the Chicago Symphony premiered her Symphony at the 1933 World’s Fair, with newly discovered works performed by violinist Er-Gene Kahng and friends. 

This rarely heard music for strings and piano was handpicked by violinist Er-Gene Kahng. The concert will showcase Price’s singular style: a fusion of American vernacular folk melodies to a deep understanding of the grand European classical canon. The concert builds upon Kahng’s extensive experience as a catalyst for the celebration of this important yet mostly forgotten composer, which includes a world premiere studio recording of Price’s two violin concertos, which The New Yorker music critic Alex Ross calls "Prices best outing on disk to date," adding in his essay on Price that Kahng "plays the solo parts with lustrous tone and glistening facility."

 Portrait of Florence Price by Monica Jordan of Paper & Wood Co.

Portrait of Florence Price by Monica Jordan of Paper & Wood Co.

Live Scoring the Silents with the Shadow Ensemble, Sat. March 3

Experience Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc with a one-of-a-kind improv score from the Shadow Ensemble, a chamber group dedicated to live improv scoring to silent films, founded by composer Ryan Cockerham at Northwest Arkansas Community College in 2017. This silent film, which boasted the most expensive set made to that date, stars Maria Falconetti as Joan of Arc, depicting the historical figure’s 1431 trial for heresy. 

This event, which marks our 2nd collaboration with Artist's Laboratory Theatre and The Shadow Ensemble, will explore the senses through a stunning reimagining of The Passion of Joan of Arc as it's never been experienced before. In addition to the exploration of sound and moving image, we’ll have local provisions on hand, allowing salon-goers to engage with the community and connect through art, music, food & drink.

The screening starts at 7 p.m. and will be held at Artist's Laboratory Theatre in Fayetteville.