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July 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join AppalAsia at our Strip District neighbor Marty’s Market for a delightful summer performance! AppalAsia combines the influences of Appalachian and Asian music traditions with original composition and inspired improvisation to create their unique musical voice. Using erhu, dulcimer, banjo, and vocals they have created a cross-cultural musical experience that draws on their collaboration of traditions with an ear toward the future.
Mimi Jong, who plays the erhu, has served as the music program director for Silk Screen Film Festival and the board president/founding member of “HarmoniZing!”, where her contributions include inviting renowned performing artists for concerts and residencies in Pittsburgh. She and Jeff Berman currently collaborate in Silk Sound, an Asian-jazz fusion ensemble directed by Silk Screen.
Jeff is a multi-instrumentalist, improvising artist, and composer whose work reflects his global musical vision. A native of New York City now living in Pittsburgh, his genre-extending concept on mountain dulcimer, vibraphone, and percussion, has allowed him to collaborate, across stylistic boundaries, with a diverse group of artists from across the planet.
The group is rounded out with Sue Powers on dulcimer and vocals. Sue has been playing banjo and singing since high school. She is a founding member of the group Devilish Merry where she pioneered the use of the 5 string banjo in celtic music.
”…the percussive runs on Sue Powers’ banjo blend beautifully with the earthy airs
Mimi Jong’s bow draws from her erhu, and the throatier rhythms of Jeff Berman’s dulcimer…”
Bill O’Driscoll, Pgh City Paper