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Stile Antico: Leading without a Leader

What multiple Grammy award nominee Stile Antico does is unusual enough that it’s best to go right to the source for a description. “We’re a 12-voice ensemble specializing in Renaissance polyphony,” explains James Arthur, spokesperson and one of three bass vocalists in the London-based group. Stile Antico (pronounced STEE-lay an-TEE-co) was founded by a group

30 Days Out, April 2022 #1: Philip Glass Ensemble, Moon Hooch, Samantha Fish, Stick Men

There’s some fantastic live music coming to Asheville in the next 30 days. No foolin’: sophisticated modern minimalism, a sax-and-drums trio that’s equal parts out-there and accessible, a blues (and more) hero for the 21st century, and some of the most compelling and powerful instro-prog you’ll ever experience. Roll your pennies and go to the

Hendersonville Symphony’s Appalachian Christmas

For many decades now, the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra has staged annual concerts around a Holiday theme. The pandemic caused the cancellation of last year’s event, but this December HSO proudly returned with “An Appalachian Christmas,” an evening of music featuring the music of the region, and including three special guest stars. Ahead of the event,

Q&A: Marc-André Hamelin

Multiple Grammy Award nominee Marc-André Hamelin is renowned for his dazzling technical prowess, his prolific nature – he has released more than 80 albums – and his deep and wide repertoire. The latest release from the French Canadian pianist is a collection of opera transcriptions and fantasies by Franz Liszt and Sigismond Thalberg. Hamelin performed

30 Days Out, December 2021 #1: The Nutcracker, Queen Bee and the Honeylovers, Rising Appalachia, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band

‘Tis the season. In normal years, things slow down a bit performance-wise in Asheville as we head into the holidays. Touring acts take a break, and holiday-themed events predominate. Even in this endemic era, those traditions still apply. So for this penultimate music roundup of 2021, I’m focusing on the rich local talent found here

30 Days Out, October 2021 #2: Scott Miller, JackTown Ramblers, Land of the Sky Symphonic Band, GWAR

The eclectic nature that was a defining characteristic of Asheville’s live music scene is returning in these safer-than-recent-months times. Over the next 30 day, you have opportunities to enjoy music that combines things you might not expect: country rock (okay, that one’s a bit obvious but this guy is special), scum rock (stay with me

Virtuosity on display: Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers

In the classic music idiom, concert violinist Anne Akiko Meyers is the equivalent of a rock star. Debuting onstage when she was only 7 years old, she has gone onto international acclaim, crossing into other genres while maintaining the rigor and finesse of her classical training. Meyers has been featured on more than 30 albums;

The Voice of Michelle Lang

Vocalist and teacher Michelle Lang is the latest addition to the faculty at Hendersonville-based WNC Music Academy. Even during this pandemic, the Academy has found responsible ways – online lesson formats, privately archived videos of recitals, socially-distanced private instruction – to allow its students to continue their musical education and creative expression. Ms. Lang comes

Hendersonville Symphony, Up Close and Personal

This feature appeared previously in Bold Life Magazine. Just over a year ago, the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra launched a new program aimed at expanding its audience. The orchestra’s Director of Marketing and Special Events, Paul Conroy, explained at the time that the goal of its “HSO Presents” concert series was to “broaden our musical footprint.”

Get Bach: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s ‘Bach Beat Symphonies’

Grammy-winning “kid-hop” musician Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is both prolific and adventurous. Since debuting with the 2008 album Easy, the Asheville- and New York City-based artist has carved out a unique niche on the musical landscape. SA23S combines pop and hip-hop into a youth-oriented mix, and does so in a way that broadens listeners’ cultural