Common Ground Coffeehouse and River Spirit Music Present
The Mountain Music Project
A Musical Adventure from the Appalachian and Himalayan Mountains to Benefit Music Education Programs for Kids in Nepal
ONLINE SALES END AT 3 PM BUT TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR, BEGINNING AT 7 PM
Don’t miss what happens when musicians from Appalachia and the Himalayas come together to blend two traditions in a benefit concert supportung music education programs in Nepal. This fundraiser concert will benefit the programs that The Mountain Music Project has been running in Nepal. The Mountain Music Project has been working in Nepal for about a decade to preserve and promote traditional music and providing music education programs. The organization provides teachers, instruments, and events that give children and their communities a chance to interact with their endangered traditional music, to be proud of their accomplishments, their heritage, and their culture. The Mountain Music Project provides medicine for the soul, which given the recent series of devastating earthquakes and blockades this last year is a need that cannot be overstated.
Tara Linhardt and Shyam Nepali have been performing together, often been under the name The Mountain Music Project, for a few years. In addition to giving concerts in Nepal, The Mountain Music Project performed in the US at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and at prestigious venues like National Geographic, and The Rubin Museum.
Shyam Nepali is an internationally touring sarangi (Nepali fiddle) player who comes from a long line of renowned musicians and has continued the family tradition of virtuosic musicianship as well as pushing the boundaries within the traditional idiom. He is not only renown in Nepal for his extraordinary playing abilities, but also for his knowledge of the traditional music of Nepal and his work as an educator and promoter of the old styles of the music. He also is considered a true pioneer on the instrument, helping rediscover and define the traditional instruments and music to work and blend into modern settings. He has explored and mastered new techniques in construction and composition of the sarangi as well as methods for playing and amplifying it. Shyam Nepali is a true ambassador and master of Nepali music and the Nepali sarangi.
Tara Linhardt is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who performs and teaches on mandolin and guitar as her main instruments. She has won many awards for her skills as an instrumentalist and some for songwriting. She has taken first place in such contests as The Mt. Airy Fiddler's Convention, the Maury River Fiddler's Convention, Watermelon Park Festival, and The Deer Creek Fiddler's Convention just to name a few. She also has been nominated in multiple years for Washington DC bluegrass instrumentalist of the year. She performs in Bluegrass, Swing Jazz, Nepali, and Himalayan-Appalachian bands, as well as some others.
Pramod Upadhyaya is a percussionist with special expertise on the tabla. He is an award-winning musician who has performed, taught, lectured, and recorded internationally for 20 years. He has performed throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US. He grew up in a family of highly respected professional musicians and also graduated with a Bachelors and then a Masters in Music from Sangeet Praveen in Allahabad, India as well as with a degree from Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu, Nepal. Since then he has been on a great variety of musical tours with renowned musicians and appears on a long line of albums of various recording artists. He has become highly respected also for his skill as an educator as well as his proficiency as a musician and recording artist. He has a thorough understanding of the percussive styles of Asia as well as the history that accompanies them.
Clarence Ferrari has performed with a long list of virtuosos and legends such as Pete Seeger, Tom Chapin, Tom Paxton, Roswell Rudd, Davey Arthur of The Furies, Les Binks of Judas Priest, and The Brooklyn Philharmonic. Bringing his “fast and floating fiddle” to the world of Irish music, Clarence began touring North America and Europe at the age of nineteen with well-known Celtic groups such as Lenahan, The Jodee James Band, Ffynnon and The McCabes. He has earned a name for himself as a premier fiddler and as a music teacher in other genres as well like bluegrass and jazz. He also has presented "A History of Irish Music" which is a program created for the New York Public Library combining music and history. It has been performed at libraries throughout New York City.
TICKETS: $18 plus $1.98 online ticketing fee in advance, $20 at the door
Date and Time
Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester
25 Old Jackson Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706