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The 2013-2014 Concert Series presents...

Dovetail Ensemble

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Rhythm Workshop 2:00 pm
Matinée Concert 4:00 pm
at Marketview Arts

Dovetail Ensemble Baakari Wilder

NEW: Internationally-known tap dancer Baakari Wilder has joined Dovetail Ensemble!

Above: Dovetail Ensemble performs in Claiborne, MD, April 24, 2013.
Below: Baakari Wilder solo; Nic Gareiss with Liz Carroll; Phil Wiggins at Bias Studios.

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Dovetail Ensemble is under the auspices of Freyda's Hands, a non-profit organization inspired by the life and work of groudbreaking fidddler Freyda Epstein. The ensemble is devoted to not only presenting excellent collaborations across traditions, but also to educating about collaborative skills as well as about the traditions they come from.

Diverse traditions collaborate with stunning artistry and deep respect when GRAMMY® nominees and international touring artists meet in a new ensemble. Each voice is memorable. Together they soar. Each concert is fresh and surprising, inviting audiences into the process of collaboration as well as its thrilling results.

"Dovetail... an incredibly strong bond between high-caliber musicians with diverse musical styles. The level of improvisation and sharing is a delight." —David Eisner, concert presenter, Institute of Musical Traditions

The Dovetail Ensemble is a company of stellar performers including blues harmonica master Phil Wiggins, lighter-than-air percussive dancer Nic Gareiss, innovative classical cellist Jodi Beder, genre-spanning guitarist Owen Morrison, ballad singer and fiddler Daron Douglas, and tradition-bearing fiddler Andrea Hoag. The ensemble's newest member is the funk-o-rhythmic tap dancer Baakari Wilder.

More about the performers below »

"I don't think I'm overdoing it to say that collaborating on this project is becoming a life-changing experience for me. I can't wait to see what paths it takes us down." —Phil Wiggins

The ensemble draws from traditions as diverse as North Indian Kathak dance, Afro-Peruvian percussion, jazz saxophone, and contemporary dance. A Dovetail Ensemble performance is playful, deep, intricate, and straight to the heart.

Marketview Arts

37 W. Philadelphia Street, York, PA 17401
Directions & Venue Info

Join us for dinner and conversation afterward at the White Rose Bar & Grill, around the corner at 48 North Beaver Street.

Rhythm Workshop 2 - 3:15pm

Take an exhilarating tour of musical traditions and the rhythms that make them so distinctive. Bring instruments, or just come ready to use your voice and dancing feet to explore simple and complex beats. The workshop will be facilitated by percussive dancer Nic Gareiss and other members of the ensemble. All ages and experience levels are invited to this fun and instructive workshop.

The workshop is a FREE EVENT!

Matinée Concert 4:00pm

Concert Ticket Info:

  • $20 General Admission

  • $16 SFMS Members

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  • $10 Students

    — ages 3 to 22
  • Advance Tickets


About the Performers...

  • Phil Wiggins (harmonica and vocals) is arguably America's foremost blues harmonica virtuoso. While rooted in the melodic Piedmont blues, his mastery of the instrument now transcends stylistic boundaries.
  • Owen Morrison (guitar) is a composer and performer whose work with the dance bands Elixir and Nightwatch is enhanced by his studies of flamenco and jazz guitar.
  • Andrea Hoag is an American-born fiddler with a Grammy nomination for traditional Swedish fiddling and a well-deserved reputation for versatility.
  • Nic Gareiss (percussive dance) draws from and transcends traditional footwork vocabulary. The Irish Times says: "the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being"
  • Baakari Wilder (tap dancer) is the ensemble's newest member, and is the internationally-known star of Broadway's Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk..
  • Daron Douglas (fiddle and vocals) is a New Orleans-based fiddler whose family Appalachian ballad tradition was passed down from the renowned singer Jane Gentry.
  • Jodi Beder (cello) is a classical performer equally at home with Baroque and microtonal music. She is a member of the cabaret-rock ensemble Zen for Primates, and writes music for poets and playwrights.

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Funding Acknowledgments

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The Susquehanna Folk Music Society (SFMS) is supported by our members and many generous organizations.

Funding is provided by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered locally by the Cultural Alliance of York County.

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