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Live at the Brink

by Graminy

We are an award-winning concert ensemble that fuses classical and grassroots music into a toe-tapping yet sophisticated style of Americana we call “class-grass.”
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Supermoon (Live)
6:33 $1.00
2. Dragon Boat Song (Live)
5:21 $1.00
3. F5 (Live)
5:57 $1.00
4. The Last Nanuq (Live)
4:44 $1.00
5. Yesh Kochavim (There Are Stars) [Live]
5:20 $1.00
6. Painted Lady (Live)
4:24 $1.00
7. Loco Motive (Live)
6:28 $1.00
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Album Notes
We are an award-winning concert ensemble that fuses classical and grassroots music into a toe-tapping yet sophisticated style of Americana we call “class-grass.” Our instrumentation blends a classical string trio (violin, viola, and cello) with elements of a bluegrass rhythm section (mandolin, guitar, and banjo) to create something, as one reviewer put it, “…both complex and immediate, elusive and apparent.”

Our all-original compositions reflect themes of ecology and place. Our name derives from the botanical term for the grass family, Gramineae, as the music draws on the family of grassroots traditions, from all places and ecologies.  

Our 2013 album, Germinations: A Bluegrass Symphony in D, won “Classical Album of the Year,” and our 2015 album Dance of the Plants won us a second “Classical Album of the Year” from the Madison Area Music Association.

"Live at the Brink" is our 4th album. It presents 7 pieces from our November 19th, 2017 live performance at the Brink Lounge, a great club in Madison, Wisconsin. On this album, the musicians are:

Shauncey Ali: violin and viola
Mike Bell: mandolin, guitar, banjo, and vocals
Mary Gaines: cello and vocals
Chris Powers: guitar, mandolin, and mandocello
Chris Wagoner: violin and pizazz

Here are some brief descriptions of the tracks.

Track 1: Supermoon -- A collective band composition written to commemorate the coincidence of the September 27, 2015 total lunar eclipse with a "supermoon" - when the Moon looks larger because it is at or near its closest approach to Earth. Listen for the shooting stars!

Track 2: Dragon Boat Song -- A Shauncey Ali tune that captures the mood of a "dragon boat, " a collectively paddled and graceful boat raced in religious festivals since ancient times in both Greece and China.

Track 3: F5 -- We combine two jigs by Mike Bell, "Vortex" and "Supercell," into a stormy medley that features Mike's F5-style mandolin. The audience joins us in rain-making at the end.

Track 4: The Last Nanuq -- A tune inspired by the sad image of a polar bear clinging to a tiny iceberg, in the face of climate change , floating alone in the Arctic.

Track 5: Yesh Kochavim (There Are Stars) -- A friend of Mike's asked him to write a tune to this Hebrew poem by Hannah Szenes. She was a World War II paratrooper and wrote these lines from her jail cell before facing the firing squad. The words mean: "There are stars whose light reaches the earth only after they themselves have disintegrated and are no more. And there are people whose scintillating memory lights the world after they have passed from it. These lights - which shine in the darkest night - are those which illuminate for us the path."

Track 6: Painted Lady -- With this tune , Shauncey captured the beauty of a painted lady butterfly opening her wings on a summer morning.

Track 7: Loco Motive -- We take an old bluegrass idea in new places, with this showpiece for our fiddlers, Chris and Shauncey. They get a little loco! It's based on a tune of Mike's originally called "Wiretappers, " which we've transformed into this train song. Listen as the locomotive gets going and roars through the countryside, whistles blowing.



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