Just Summer: Fire & Grace & Ash

Live at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 8:00pm

Join us for this year's first Just Summer concert June 13, 2019 featuring Fire & Grace & Ash outdoors at the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh at 8PM. Fire & Grace is teaming up with ace mandolin player and composer Ashley Broder. Fire & Grace is an eclectic collaboration between guitarist William Coulter and violinist Edwin Huizinga. This unique duo explores the connective musical elements of classical, folk, and contemporary traditions from around the world. Broder is a brilliant musician who brings an authentic mandolin virtuosity and flair for modern instrumental composition to Fire & Grace – the trio is known as Fire & Grace & Ash. Tickets are $25. A cash bar will be available. Doors open at 7:30PM, the concert begins at 8PM.

Concert ticket prices are; $25 (cash bar available). Student tickets ($15) are available with a valid, full-time student ID. Sorry, OSHER not accepted. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-624-4129. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability. Doors open at 7:30PM, the concert begins at 8PM.

About The Artist: 

Edwin Huizinga:

Performing both baroque and modern repertoire, Canadian violinist Edwin Huizinga has appeared alongside Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Dawn Upshaw, Mike Marshall, and Stevie Wonder, and has been featured as a soloist with the San Bernardino Symphony, the Sweetwater Music Festival, the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, and the Banff Summer Arts Festival. Edwin is a founding member of the baroque ensemble ACRONYM which has released six full-length albums of previously unknown and unrecorded baroque music. Edwin also performs all over the world with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. As a modern violinist, Edwin has performed in the US and Germany with The Knights NYC, and occasionally works with A Far Cry. Edwin is also a member of the Juno-nominated indie rock band The Wooden Sky, and has recently been commissioned to write a piece for Canada’s 150th anniversary. He is a founding member of the Classical Revolution–an organization dedicated to shaping the future of concerts and jam sessions in alternative locations around the world–and serves as Artistic Director of the Big Sur Music Camp.

William Coulter:

Guitarist William Coulter has been performing and recording traditional guitar music for over twenty years. His most recent solo recording, The Road Home (Gourd Music) was met with critical acclaim, and in 2005, he received a Grammy Award for his contribution to The Pink Guitar, a collection of solo guitar arrangements of Henry Mancini’s music. Musical collaborations have been a mainstay of William’s career and have included many tours and recordings including Song for Our Ancestors, with classical guitar virtuoso Benjamin Verdery, Time to Sail and One Sweet Kiss and Westward with Kerry-born Irish singer Eilis Kennedy, Simple Gifts – Music of the Shakers with cellist Barry Phillips, and Celtic Requiem with Irish vocalist Mary McLaughlin. His book of transcriptions, Celtic Crossing, published by Mel Bay, includes all of the music from his recording of the same name. William maintains a classical guitar studio at the University of California at Santa Cruz at teaches at many summer music camps.

Ashley Broder:

Southern California based composer-instrumentalist Ashley Broder's myriad talents and musical accomplishments defy easy description or classification. Fluent on mandolin (both acoustic and electric), violin, and cello, Broder crafts melodies, sonic textures and haunting harmonies that distinguish her works easily from the norm. Classically trained in violin as a child, Broder discovered the mandolin at age eight, then took up the cello in college. Described as a "mandolin phenomenon" by the San Diego Tribune and highly sought after by a wide range of musicians needing to round out their sound, Broder has performed in folk clubs, festivals, bars, dance halls, orchestras, and recording studios. Her duo with accordionist Samantha Harvey, Sam ‘n Ash, was featured on the wildly popular podcast “Welcome to Night Vale,” and Hearth Music raved that The Syncopaths, an in-demand, nationally touring, folk quartet with whom she plays regularly, are "a helluva a band to imitate, and I doubt anyone could do justice to their virtuosic tunes." Most recently, she's been collaborating with violinist, Edwin Huizinga, and guitarist, William Coulter, fusing Bach with traditional and contemporary folk tunes. The trio premiered their "Partita Americana" at the 2018 Carmel Bach Festival. 

Broder's 2016 release, Two Trees, is a long-anticipated solo album featuring all original compositions. Encouraged and guided by bassist/producer Kevin McCormick (Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge, Brett Dennen, Keb’ Mo’), Broder brought her project into being with a trio of musicians pitching in on accordion, flute and guitar. The record exhibits a wide range of influences, hinting at her diverse background, but maintaining a cohesive and unique sound. Broder's skills as tune-smith, string-arranger, and improviser are on full display as she delivers the majority of the tracks by layering her own instruments.

Always captivated by composition, Broder initially began writing music in fiddle tune form. Craving a new creative medium, she forayed into composing for orchestra after creating chamber music arrangements for various projects. Her most recent undertaking is an eight movement chamber orchestra suite, each movement dedicated to one of the Channel Islands. A premiere is scheduled for fall 2019.