Musicians in the house Growing trend of local house concerts continues with father-daughter duo and jazz trio

Thursday January 24, 2013

Pierce and Grace Pettis play Friday

BRATTLEBORO -- On Friday at 7 p.m., Chestnut Hill House Concerts will present the father-daughter singer-songwriter duo of Pierce and Grace Pettis in a house concert in Brattleboro.

Each will perform their own songs. Tickets are 15. For reservations and information, call 802-251-0681.

Pierce Pettis’ songs have been covered by Garth Brooks, Dion, Joan Baez and Art Garfunkel. His fifth album for Compass Records, "That Kind of Love," has received rave reviews from XM/Sirius Satellite Radio, Paste Magazine, American Songwriter and The (London) Sunday Express.

Grace Pettis won the Kerrville Festival songwriting competition in 2011, just as her father had in 1987 -- the year she was born. Having also won the Dallas Wildflower Festival and NPR Mountain Stage’s songwriting competitions, her debut album garnered acclaim from Sirius/XM, iTunes, the Dallas Morning News and others. As for her new release, "Two Birds," Arthur Wood in Maverick Magazine (UK) writes, "If you purchase only one album this year, ‘Two Birds’ is it!"

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Series at Wendy’s House welcomes
Lorentz and his jazz trio

GUILFORD -- Wendy’s House Concert series welcomes from across the Connecticut River "NH Jazz Presents" founder Jonathan Lorentz (tenor sax) and his trio on Saturday at 4 p.m., and on Friday, Feb. 1, from across the Atlantic, internationally-known Italian jazz violinist Luca Ciarla with his solo performance of "Fiddler in the Loop" at 7 p.m. (potluck at 6 p.m.).

Admission to Jonathan Lorentz and his trio is $10-15 at the door. Admission to Luca Ciarla is $15. For information, call Wendy at 802-254-6189.

Playing with a warm sound rich in melodic complexity, Lorentz is a daring and creative improviser who blends modern jazz with blues, rock and the avant-garde. His recent album "Borderlands" (his first for the UK’s Métier Jazz label) was released to critical acclaim in 2010 and is receiving airplay on radio stations throughout the world. Lorentz has performed with Dave Calarco, John Menegon, Judi Silvano, Bob Gullotti, Hezekiah Walker, Mike Dillon, Delfeayo Marsalis, Harry Allen, Bruce Gertz, John Lockwood and Yoron Israel.

Bassist John Hunter from the Portsmouth, N.H., area, has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Art Farmer, Milt Jackson and Joe Williams to name a few. Drummer Tim Gilmore from Lebanon, N.H., a frequent percussionist in the house concert series, attended Berklee College of Music and studied with Max Roach and Alan Dawson. He’s performed with Marian McPartland, Sheila Jordan, Tiger Okoshi, Dick Johnson, Richie Cole and Warren Vache, among others.

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Luca Ciarla is simply one of the most creative and surprising violinists around. His music easily transcends the boundaries among genres to trace an innovative musical path between written compositions and improvisation, traditional and contemporary sounds. He has successfully performed in jazz, classical and world music festivals and concert series in more than 30 countries and on every continent.

A native of Italy, Ciarla moved to the United States in 1996, h to pursue a master’s at the Indiana University and to study jazz with David Baker. Subsequently he completed a doctor of musical arts degree at the University of Arizona where he has taught violin and improvisation for several years. He has recorded with several labels and worked with classical, jazz, folk and even rock musicians, including Greg Cohen, Daniele Sepe, Joshua Bell, Edgar Mayer, Daniele Scannapieco, Danilo Rea and Sylvain Gagnon.

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