Mipso

Mipso

10 String Symphony

Sat, April 22, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Sinclair

Cambridge, MA

$18 advance / $20 day of show

The Sinclair is general admission standing room only. Tickets available at AXS.COM, or by phone at 888-929-7849. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box office Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM. Please note: box office is cash only.

Mipso
Mipso
Chapel Hill’s indie Americana quartet Mipso are influenced by the contradiction of their progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes. Currently celebrating the release of their new album Coming Down The Mountain (April 7, 2017), Mipso ventures further than ever from their string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition. Adding drums and electric instruments to their intimate four-part harmonies and powerful acoustic meld, Mipso’s music is lush and forward moving, with words that sear and salve in turn. Hailed as “hewing surprisingly close to gospel and folk while still sounding modern and secular.” (Acoustic Guitar), and recently recognized by Rolling Stone as a favorite 2016 festival performance, Mipso brings a distinctly unique sound - full of wistful beauty, hopeful undercurrents, and panoramic soundscapes.
10 String Symphony
10 String Symphony
Since the release of Weight of the World in 2015, Nashville-based roots duo 10 String Symphony has taken flight with features on NPR's All Songs Considered and American Songwriter, and an International touring schedule with appearances at Pickathon, Blissfest, Underneath the Stars Festival (UK), and The Dorrigo Bluegrass and Folk Festival (AUS).  With the love of the 5-­string fiddle and its musical possibilities as its focal point, Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer ( also a touring member of the Jerry Douglas Band) 's mission statement is as clear as it is expansive: Two fiddles. Two Voices. Epic Music.

And yet, "Weight of the world," the band's latest batch of recording, is not at all the record one might expect from a duo of seasoned Nashville fiddlers. This is not a record of showboating­­ no mere polished showcasing of technical virtuosity. Rather, at its core, "Weight of the world" is raw and intimate­­ a nuanced and patient record with designs to move rather than merely impress its listeners. Rachel and Christian's musical prowess and chemistry is certainly on display for those in the know, but listening deeply reveals that these flourishes are always in service of reaching the listener emotionally­­ the spiritual earnestness of song­craft which keeps us perennially returning to the roots of American music.

ALL THINGS MUSIC has described the band's’ sound as a "new take on old ideas," a concept and tension that the duo continues to explore throughout "Weight of the World." This is showcased on songs like "Someone to be Good For," where a timeless fiddle melody is underscored by Rachel's acutely personal and timely take on the search for romantic fulfillment in the midst of brokenness. Or in the searching harmonies and exploratory fiddle runs of a song like "I'm Not Lonesome"­­ While the title may hearken back to the tradition, Christian's haunting melodies and searching cadences bespeak of an artist that has spent as much time with Wagner and Pet Sounds era Beach Boys as he has with the Seeger brothers.

And perhaps this is what makes "Weight of the World" such a brave record: Its the soundtrack of a process­­ a picture of a band striving to maintain the purity of purpose of the American old­time tradition, while simultaneously stretching its limitations with unique arrangements, unflinchingly personal lyrics, and a bravely progressive melodic palette.

"Weight of the World" is a snapshot of an impetuous band in mid­stride­­ old­souls who are passionately determined to speak to our contemporary moment. From the sounds of it, this is just the beginning. 
Venue Information:
The Sinclair
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138