Màiri, from the Isle of Skye, Scotland, and Jenna, from Lakewood, NY, combine to make contemporary music rooted in the melodies of Scotland and Appalachia. The pair met in 2012 whilst studying at Berklee College of Music and are a product of the thriving and rich Boston music community. Jenna and Màiri have both been heavily steeped in tradition, but their music breathes new life into old tunes and merges their wide-ranging influences into a sound that is at once grounded and adventurous.
Màiri Chaimbeul is a Boston-based harp player and composer. Described by Folk Radio UK as "astonishing", she is known for her versatile sound, which combines a deep-rooted sense of Gaelic tradition with a distinctive improvising voice and honed classical technique. Mairi has toured throughout the UK, Europe and North America; was twice-nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and finalist in the BBC Young Traditional & Jazz Musician of the Year; twice participated in Savannah Music Festival's Acoustic Music Seminar; and graduated from Berklee College of Music with highest honours and the prestigious American Roots Award. Màiri can currently be heard regularly with new prog-trad group Aerialists, the Jacob Matheus Group, and also appears with legendary violinist Darol Anger & The Furies. Recent highlights include performances & teaching at the III Encuentro Internacional Maestros del Arpa in Bogota, Colombia, and a feature in Series 2 of Julie Fowlis and Muireann NicAmhlaoibh's BBC Alba/TG4 television show, Port.
Jenna Moynihan is widely regarded as one of the best of the best in the new generation of acoustic musicians. Versatile and inventive, her fiddling style draws strongly from the Scottish tradition, but is in no way bound by it. Folk Radio UK said of her playing, “…from the first time you hear Moynihan, it is clear that her playing is resonating straight from the depths of her soul.” Jenna is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and currently calls Boston home. She’s performed and collaborated with Mairi Chaimbeul, Darol Anger & The Furies, Hamish Napier, Old Blind Dogs, Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, Phil Cunningham, and as a soloist at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops. In 2015 Jenna released her debut solo album, Woven.
When Eli, Jacob, Melissa, Rachel, Rose, & Taylor met each other at summer fiddle camps, they became eager to continue playing with each other more than just once a year. They sensed that, somehow, there might be a way to continue the fun tunes and fun times. So, as string players steeped in various folk traditions, they did what folk musicians have done for centuries, they formed a band.
Guided by a mission to explore making music through camaraderie, The Sound Accord brings together six friends with varied musical backgrounds, distinct sensibilities, and a shared love for collaboration. As a chamber-folk string sextet, they draw upon their eclectic strengths and skills to create innovative arrangements of melodies both old and new.
More than that, though, The Sound Accord seeks to push the boundaries of what string bands can be and do. In their first tour together, they embedded themselves outside Phoenix, Arizona, for a week of school visits, educational programs, and full-length concerts, sharing their vision of music making with young string players around the area. Together, they see the band not only as a musical outlet for themselves, but as a tool for helping educators and students to dream about the possibilities of making music with friends, despite traditional notions about how instruments should play together. Why can't you have a band with 3 cellists?
To have fun with friends while making music: this is their fundamental pursuit. This is their sound accord.
Taylor Morris & Jacob Davida // fiddle
Rose Rodgers // viola
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