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The New Boston Duo in Concert
Gypsy swing ensemble The New Boston Duo, tapping jazz, rock and flamenco roots, will perform in concert at First Church Boston Auditorium on Friday, March 22 at 8:00 pm at 66 Marlborough Street, Boston. Kicking off the performance, acoustic ensemble opening act The Wicked Pickers offers a high energy blend of jazz, swing, newgrass and folk.
Recognized for ingenuity and unique style, The New Boston Duo transcends classical music boundaries. Violinist Elizabeth Burke and guitarist George Little channel Jazz, Rock, Celtic and Flamenco roots to resonate their Gypsy Swing core sound. A classically trained guitarist, Little’s roots as a singer-songwriter stem from folk music. He has performed South American Jazz, Celtic, Rock and Flamenco music with various ensembles throughout New England. Conservatory trained violinist Burke embraces the violin as a versatile, improvisational instrument drawing on similar musical inspirations. She has performed with jazz, bluegrass, rock, and classical ensembles throughout Pennsylvania, New York, and New England.
Inspired by Latin-American music by Piazzolla and gypsy jazz compositions made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, The New Boston Duo emanates a progressive, eclectic sound. Collaboratively the duo has fashioned arrangements of familiar gypsy swing melodies juxtaposed by South American and Spanish influences. Illusion heralds in the echo of percussive snare drum, thumping string bass, and foot stomping flamenco pulse; each radiating from expert guitar and violin technique. Intricate technical virtuosity acquired in their classical training couples with rich chromatic gypsy flavor allowing this ensemble to manifest balanced improvisation into a genuinely original art form.
Warmly received by every audience, The New Boston Duo has enjoyed performances spanning New England, including the Brick Church Music Series in Williston, VT, Kaji Aso Institute for the Arts in Boston, Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Plymouth Center for the Arts, South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, Salem Theatre Company and various music cafés and open air markets across the region including Boston and Newburyport, MA; and Montpelier, VT. Currently, the duo is collaborating with Boston-based composers who are writing specifically for the ensemble, furthering their quest to fuse musical boundaries by incorporating new innovations into their repertoire.
Boston-based quartet The Wicked Pickers (guitar, mandolin, bass, violin, and vocals), perform a broad range of styles with powerful vocals, ringing harmonies, and driving instrumentals. The ensemble performs mostly original music, spiced up with a few traditional songs and repertoire from the likes of Django Reinhardt, Chick Correa, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin.
Tickets are $20 per person, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.mktix.com/nbd, or at the door, as available. For more information, please visit www.newbostonduo.com, or follow The New Boston Duo on Facebook. For more information about The Wicked Pickers, please visit www.wickedpickers.com. For more information about First Church Boston, please visit www.firstchurchboston.org.
More About First Church In Boston - Unitarian Universalist
Founded in 1620, the First Church is the oldest church in Boston. But it certainly doesn't look the part. The tall stone steeple on one side is juxtaposed by modern, sweeping architecture constructed after a fire destroyed most of the church 1968.
The new building was designed with a community center in mind and the inside is void of much religious symbolism. All the seating is flexible, even in the sanctuary, and can be rearranged depending on the need. The space is often rented out for meetings, including Zen meditations, a voices choir, and gatherings by the New England School of Philosophy. The auditorium is used by local schools, and The John Winthrop School for Young Children, which was started by a church member but no longer affiliated with the religion, rents out the basement.
Worships take place in the Hale Chapel during the summer. The main sanctuary, which is part of the new building, is made of concrete and has great acoustics. For a special touch, there are copper strips engraved with the name of every member installed between the concrete grooves.
The First Church also offers educational programs and just started a Sunday school geared toward adults and families, as well as a Thursday lunchtime concert series that's free and open to the public. Services are on Sundays at 11am, and broadcast on WERS (88.9 FM), one of Emerson College's two radio stations.
The church office is located in a brick building, next door to the sanctuary.