Windborne

Windborne


  • April 1, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • CSPS Hall
  • $13 advance | $16 door

Internationally acclaimed folk band Windborne is a group of vocal chameleons who specialize in close harmony singing, shifting effortlessly between drastically different styles of traditional music within the same concert. Their musical knowledge spans continents and cultures, but remains deeply rooted in an American folk tradition. Praised for “the purity of their voices, strength of their material, and attention to detail in their arrangements,” Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon share a vibrant energy onstage, their connection to each other and to the music clearly evident. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing.

The group’s current project, Song on the Times, draws from the human rights and working class movements of the past 400 years, reinterpreting those historic songs for today’s struggles. The group was catapulted to new heights when a clip of them singing outside Trump Tower went viral; their crowdfunding campaign quickly reached 16 times its goal, thanks to donations from 2,600 people in 22 countries. Aside from this new project, Windborne continues to collect and study polyphonic vocal music from cultures around the world. The quartet is able to shift between radically different genres like no band you have ever heard, as comfortable with an improvised Corsican couplet as they are with an English ballad.

Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm, Windborne will lead an open workshop on group singing, focusing on the history of the Anglo-American protest song. For energetic singers aged 12 and up. No special training or aptitude required. Free with a ticket to the evening concert, or a suggested $10 donation.