Robin Spielberg: American Tapestry Trio

Robin Spielberg: American Tapestry Trio

— Information provided by The Ware Center

Pianist and composer Robin Spielberg along with Kate MacLeod and Megan Knapp will perform together as the American Tapestry Trio on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 PM at the Ware Center. The strings-based trio plays fresh arrangements of classic early-American folk music. The Ware Center is located at 42 N. Prince Street.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Robin Spielberg (piano, vocals), Kate MacLeod (vocals, guitar, fiddle, hand percussion) and Megan Knapp (cello), will play the music that over generations has become woven into the fabric of American culture. From the Civil War to the Gold Rush to the great wave of immigration during the first half of the 20th Century, these songs chronicle journeys, hardships and loves won and lost, all the while celebrating the beauty and majesty of America. Fresh and innovative arrangements of precious American gems are interwoven with new music and the stories that inspired them. Song titles include “Dawn at Walden Place,” “Bicycle Built for Two,” “My Bonnie,” and “Sweet Betsy from Pike.”

“These are melodies (that) suggest a hand of comfort and connection from past to present.” – Music Road

ABOUT THE TRIO

ROBIN SPIELBERG is one of America’s most beloved pianist/composers. A prolific composer, Robin has been winning the hearts of listeners around the world with her compelling melodies and sensitive piano technique since debuting her first recording of original solos for piano, “Heal of the Hand.”

Spielberg has 17 recordings to her credit and appears on over 40 compilations around the world. Her discography includes albums of original piano solos, arrangements of American standards, original pieces for piano/ensemble, recordings for the holidays, a CD of Americana melodies, and a CD of lullabies.  A memoir of her life and travels and career as a composer/pianist is told in Naked on the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland, which won a Gold Medal in the Reader’s Choice Book Awards.

Spielberg formed American Tapestry after recording her concept-album “Sea to Shining Sea: An American Tapestry of Music.” She describes the recording as containing “the songs that shaped us, the songs that live within us, the melodies of America.”

Spielberg is also a Celebrity Spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association. She has toured the U.S. from Maine to Florida, New York to California, and every place in between. Highlights include three performances at Carnegie Hall, a month-long tour through rural Montana and Idaho (with Steinway in tow) and appearances on NBC, CBS, and PBS television.

KATE MacLEOD is a vocalist who plays both the acoustic guitar and the fiddle for American Tapestry. Through many years as a performer of music steeped in the traditions of Europe and North America, and with a pedigree of ancestors who began immigrating to North America in 1632, Kate MacLeod has an innate sense for American music. MacLeod’s vocals, accompanied by her acoustic guitar playing, express the poignancy of traditional songs with unaffected charm. Her violin playing reaches across Classical, Celtic, Klezmer and Bluegrass genres with ease, and has made her a fiddler in great demand on touring circuits.

In addition to being recognized as an interpreter of traditional music, MacLeod is known as a composer of songs that constitute a natural and unbroken link between traditional music and cutting-edge contemporary songwriting. She has been hailed as one of the “Ten Acts to Watch” by the editors of The MusicHound Folk Essential Album Guide. Her latest solo recording, “Blooming,” was produced by Grammy-winning roots musician Tim O’Brien; and her 2011 release, “Lost and Found,” has been among the top ten on the International Folk, and Bluegrass Radio airplay charts. MacLeod’s songs have aired on nationally syndicated radio shows including Tom May’s “River City Folk,” Judy Collins’ holiday program, “Peace on Earth,” and have been sung by other artists on “A Prairie Home Companion.” Her songs have been recorded by other musicians from California to the Czech Republic. Her recordings are available through Waterbug Records and Wind River from Folk Era Records.

MEGAN KNAPP is a cellist, a devoted advocate for the arts, and an eager performer. Besides the American Tapestry trio, Knapp is also a member of the Focolari String Quartet, which has performed in master classes led by the Takacs String Quartet, and performed a world-premiering piece at Naropa University. She is also a founding member of the Colorado New Music Ensemble.

Aside from her classical music endeavors, Ms. Knapp also pursues alternative styles. While at the University of Colorado-Boulder, she took the stage with the Metropolitan Art Museum’s Artist-in-Residence, DJ Spooky. She has also recorded and performed withlocal Los Angeles-based bands including Romantic Comedy, Wise Cub, and Alicia Broussard.

TICKETS

Tickets are reserved seating: $15 Adult | $12 Senior | $5 Student
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