NewsMay 4, 01:01 PM
The insecurity of modern times causes us all to re-evaluate our role in society, family and the spiritual world. How can we use our talents to impact the world in a positive way?
Boulder Acoustic Society, an innovative musical quartet from Boulder, Colorado has chosen to use their music to make a positive impact on our nations youth. As musical ambassadors, BAS stretches to reach audiences through performances on violin, guitar, double bass, marimba, ukulele, banjo, mandolin and voice.
Kailin Yong, the violinist in BAS, plays on the Daniel Pearl Memorial violin, which he received at the 2004 Mark OConnor Strings Conference and was built by Maine luthier Jonathan Cooper. Yong was admonished to use the instrument to promote peace and understanding through musical performance, and BAS has taken this to heart. Yong and BAS have written a new piece of music dedicated to the memory of former Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl entitled Karma,
which will premiere on May 15th in a concert with the Boulder Youth Symphony, led by music director Paige Vickery.
This concert will feature the members of BAS as well as their original compositions. The Boulder Youth Symphony will be an important part of this musical fusion between written and improvised music as they perform new orchestrations to the music of BAS. This concert is part of Boulder Acoustic Societys ongoing quest to educate and inspire youth, through outreach concerts and workshops with young musicians and by setting a positive example for developing musicians.
Karma is a piece for acoustic quartet and symphony orchestra and includes elements of free improvisation, world music and the western classical tradition, all of which are part of Yongs diverse cultural and musical background. The students must reach beyond their expectations of orchestra music to speak a mantra calling for Peace- For Humanity-Through Music as the piece builds to its climax.
Also on the program is Morning By the River, a progressive piece of musical Americana, inspired by Aaron Copland, traditional folk music and a river rafting trip. It was written by guitarist Brad Jones and percussionist Scott Higgins, whos divergent musical backgrounds have combined to create this breathtaking piece.
Rounding out the program is a BAS favorite, I Have to Kiss You Tonight, a neo tin pan alley piece with back up vocals provided by the students in the orchestra. The piece was written by Yong and orchestrated by bassist Aaron Keim in a 1920s society orchestra style.
Founded in Summer of 2003, Boulder Acoustic Society plays an uplifting and progressive mix of acoustic styles including string band music, ragtime, jazz and more. They were named winners at the 2004 Notes at 9,000 Emerging Artist Series and were invited to perform at the 2005 South By Southwest Music conference in Austin, TX. They have made a huge impact in the musical world in their short time together, finding enthusiastic audiences at festivals, clubs, schools and concert halls.
The Boulder Youth Symphony was founded in the fall of 1984. Its mission is to promote optimal artistic advancement and musical development in young musicians through high quality study and performance of diverse and challenging instrumental music. Through the Boulder Youth Symphony Society, Boulder audiences enjoy a quality classical music experience. The opportunity for Boulder children to see the BYS perform provides great incentive for them to participate in music themselves, greatly benefiting
school music programs and private music teachers in the area.
May 15th, 2:00pm
First Baptist Church
1237 Pine St
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