Ben Cosgrove, Gracie & Rachel (closing set)

Ben Cosgrove

Gracie & Rachel (closing set)

Margo Cilker

Tue, July 1, 2014

8:00 pm

$8 in Advance/$10 at the Door

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Ben Cosgrove
Ben Cosgrove
Ben Cosgrove is a composer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist based in Cambridge, MA, where he is currently serving as the Signet Artist-in-Residence Fellow at Harvard University. He performs regularly as both a solo artist and as a sideman, tours widely across the US and Canada, writes scores for films, plays, radio, and television, and has produced several well-received albums of original instrumental music. His live performances on solo piano are at once dazzling and intimate, the music both delicate and commanding.

In recent years, Ben’s interest in landscape has become the strongest force guiding his composition and performances. “I don’t think of my pieces as rendering places in music,” he notes in a 2012 article in Harvard Magazine, “but more just as responding to places musically. Writing music just happens to be the way I process the world.” For years, Ben has been inspired by the ways people respond to built and natural environments, and through songs with names like “Prairie Fire,” “I am Walking Inland,” “Nashua,” and others, he seeks to recreate these phenomena with sound. A year spent researching the preservation of natural soundscapes in America’s natural parks has also shaped much of his new material. “I’m interested in the relationship between sound and a sense of place,” he says. “So much of the North American soundscape is becoming clouded with drones and mechanized noise that it’s quickly losing this rich diversity that is still so obvious in the continent’s visual landscape.”
Gracie & Rachel (closing set)
Gracie & Rachel (closing set)
The piano-violin duo, Gracie and Rachel, combines contemporary song structure with classical technique, pushing boundaries with their bold yet vulnerable musical interpretations. The duo finds its sound in minimalist modern practices and experimental pop compositions to create an inventive tone that incorporates haunting melodies with captivating lyricism, and which takes listeners into unique and adventurous frames of mind. Gracie and Rachel's debut album, "Go", will release this August, 2014. Check out the single now at www.gracieandrachel.com!
Margo Cilker
Margo Cilker
"If you’re raised in California there’s only one place that can top that for a budding singer/songwriter, so Margo Cilker headed for South Carolina to add some Appalachian roots to her heartfelt songs. With The Band, John Prine and Kate Wolf as inspiration she’s upholding the American troubadour tradition in fine style."
- John Blakeley (Bristol, UK)
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://www.hotelutah.com/