The Folk, Fiddle, & Friends Festival
December 16 @ 7:30 pm$15 – $18
The Folk, Fiddle, & Friends Festival is an evening of virtuosic string influenced music celebrating the craft of three Twin Cities based groups including Sprig of That, The OK Factor, and the Orange Mighty Trio.
Each ensemble brings their own unique sound to the Cedar performing both original and revised traditional music. Each ensemble will present a short set to share their group’s vibrant talents. At the end of the night, all three groups converge and take the stage together to share melodies and harmonies on each other’s compositions.
If you are a fan of any of the any of the ensembles, you will certainly fall in love with the others as their sounds are sublimely familiar, yet each group has their own distinct sound and personality.
About The Orange Mighty Trio
The Orange Mighty Trio plays their own special brand of “hybrid” chamber music. It may contain fiddle, jazz, or pop-inspired elements, from sweeping melodies to intricate interweaving parts. They dance on the line between spontaneity and composition and the Trio members often surprise each other in performance, thriving on interplay and always full of energy. Audiences enjoy watching the particular structures and moods of the night unfold, with a mix of humor, virtuosity and adventure that will be a little different each time.
Formed in 2006, the Trio has performed widely across the US, releasing four studio albums. Their music has been used in multiple independent film tracks, commercials, and even Netflix original series. In addition to film, the Trio’s works have been performed alongside local and national modern dance companies. Due to their continual morphing musical identities, The trio is equally comfortable on orchestral stage, at a bluegrass festival, in the farmers markets, or even in a jazz club. You’ll never know what to expect!
About Sprig of That
With an innovative instrumentation of Indian tabla, acoustic guitar, and violin, Minneapolis-based trio Sprig of That brings joy, virtuosity, and musical adventure to audiences. Performing both fresh arrangements of folk favorites and lush original works, Sprig of That’s music pulls from their collective influences as musicians, combining vibrant fiddle traditions, Western classical virtuosity, and world rhythmic textures to create a spontaneous acoustic blend.
Since forming in early 2018, Sprig of That has made an impact on the Twin Cities music scene, and in February 2019, they released their first five-song EP. They were featured on The Current’s “Friday Five” music video series, as well as in the Local Current Blog’s “Watch Standout Minnesota Submissions to NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest”, and Kevin Barnes’ String Theory on Jazz 88. With performances at Twin Cities staples such as The Cedar Cultural Center, a six-part monthly community-centered residency at the Black Dog Cafe, and educational workshops at St. Paul Conservatory for the Arts, universities across the Midwest, and through MPR’s Class Notes Program, Sprig of That is equally at home in popular venues and educational spaces. Through vibrant performances and interactive workshops, Sprig of That hopes to bring a greater understanding of creativity and forward movement in cross-genre collaborations.
About The Ok Factor
Playful and unexpected, new-classical crossover duo The OK Factor writes and performs folk-inspired music influenced by multiple genres, with an artistry that reveals their classical training. Cellist Olivia Diercks and violinist Karla Colahan find great joy in defying expectations and delivering an experience outside of what audiences anticipate from a cello and violin combo. Organic and genuine, their original compositions feel both comfortingly familiar and uniquely fresh, and have been described as “genre-bending” (Julie Amacher, MPR) and “pure magic” (Wausau Pilot & Review). The ease with which they write and perform and their passion for educational outreach has caught the attention of the Minnesota music community in which they live and work, bringing them success on stages such as The Cedar Cultural Center, as frequent featured artists with Minnesota Public Radio, and as finalists for the McKnight Fellowships for Musicians in 2018. Olivia and Karla invite audiences to explore music and cultivate a curiosity about its role in their lives.