ENGAGING: Australian-Scottish trio String Contingent will kick off the Clarence Valley Conservatorum’s concert series.
ENGAGING: Australian-Scottish trio String Contingent will kick off the Clarence Valley Conservatorum’s concert series. Brian Rosenberg

String contingent members wear hearts on sleeves

"(The String Contingent) brings to mind the bluegrass records of Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer… with elements of Bach, Kronos Quartet and sometimes a splash of Philip Glass… they are incredibly skilled." Lira Magazine

The String Contingent are Chris Stone, violin, Holly Downes, double bass, and Scotsman Graham McLeod, guitar, whose sound combines diverse musical backgrounds in Celtic folk, classical, jazz and contemporary into melodic and evocative musical conversations.

In early March, this renowned acoustic chamber-folk trio will tour to Grafton, Orange and Goulburn to give exciting and poignant performances at the Clarence Valley, Orange Regional, and Goulburn Regional Conservatoriums as part of Musica Viva's CountryWide regional touring program.

Of their upcoming concerts, Chris Stone says to expect intimate and engaging shows of new acoustic instrumental music.

"Highlights for us will be new works composed in early 2016, and completely free improvisations that will sit between works from our earlier albums," Chris said.

Speaking about their approach to live music performance, Stone continues, "We like to feel as close to our audience as possible. We talk about what the music means to us, how it was composed, and what we think and feel about living as touring musicians - we really have our hearts on our sleeves when we perform."

The String Contingent's live concerts are a joyful combination of precision, refinement and beauty, balanced with visceral energy and drive. They also believe it is important to tour to regional areas, as Chris Stone describes.

"It's so important for regional cities to have high quality arts events take place in their area," Stone says.

"Everyone deserves to be inspired, encouraged and uplifted by great art, not just those who live in capital cities.

"We very much look forward to sharing our music with the communities in Grafton, Orange and Goulburn very soon," he concludes.

Tickets to this performance are now on sale at the Clarence Valley Conservatorium 8 Villiers Street, Grafton. $25 Adults and $5 Students U18.

String Contingent will be conducting a free workshop at 2pm on Saturday, March 5 , prior to the concert.

The workshop will take place in the Moran Auditorium at the Clarence Valley Conservatorium. Interested students and members of the community are welcome to attend and must fill in a workshop registration form prior to the day.

Registration forms can be obtained from the Conservatorium office at Villiers St or online at www.cvcon.com.au.



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