The Delaware Pick
The Delaware Pick is an attempt to bring to light the roots and traditions that led to our modern appreciation of the stringed instruments that often lead our favorite music. This year's event, The 2ND DEL Pick, is a focus on the influence of ancient, medieval, and modern composition on popular music.
Ayreheart grew out of my desire to write new music for the lute - the most popular instrument of the Renaissance - and make it accessible to a wider audience. My first compositions were conceived as solos. But I was soon writing music that could not be fully expressed on solo lute and I needed musician friends to help realize the music." - Ronn Mcfarlane. The original music of Ayreheart reflects elements of the many kinds of music we love: Folk, Celtic, Bluegrass, Classical, Jazz and others. Ronn McFarlane (lute), Brian Kay (vocals, lute, guitar & komuz), Willard Morris (bass, violin, mandolin & colascione) and Mattias Rucht (percussion) blend the old and new to create Ayreheart’s collective voice. An Ayreheart performance can consist of an eclectic mix of Renaissance-inspired Folk and Acoustic Rock originals, as well as some old traditional tunes, or entire programs of Renaissance music from the British Isles. When Centuries Collide is a ground-breaking concert program combining the elegance of Renaissance music with the propulsion of twenty-first century rock. Ronn Mcfarlane is a Grammy nominated Lutenist whose music has been used in Showtime's series Borgia. McFarlane was a faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory from 1984 to 1995, teaching lute and lute-related subjects. In 1996, Mr. McFarlane was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from Shenandoah Conservatory for his achievements in bringing the lute and its music to the world. He has over 30 recordings on the Dorian/Sono Luminus label, including solo albums, lute duets, flute & lute duets, lute songs, recordings with the Baltimore Consort, the complete lute music of Vivaldi, and Blame Not My Lute, a collection of Elizabethan lute music and poetry, with spoken word by Robert Aubry Davis. Recently, Ronn has been engaged in composing new music for the lute, building on the tradition of the lutenist/composers of past centuries. His original compositions are the focus of his solo CD, Indigo Road, which received a GRAMMY Award Nomination for Best Classical Crossover Album.
Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury is a disciple of sitar maestro Pandit Subroto Roy-Chowdhury. His training in sitar emphasizes the instrument’s affinity with the ancient veena, utilizing techniques which explore the sitar’s full-potential. Indrajit has performed at such venues as the Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark (Kolkata), the Indian Embassy in Berlin, the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.) and has had his concerts telecast by Doordarshan (Indian National Television). As a collaborative artist Indrajit has shared the stage with leading musicians from other genres such as Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Michigan Philharmonic, and The New York Russian Choir. Indrajit has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania teaching the university’s sitar course.
Born in Chester, PA, Bruce Anthony is an established guitar player, of many different disciplines and styles. A main-stay in the Wilmington and Newark scene, many are familiar with his timeless covers of classic blues, funk, and rock. Though how many are acquainted with his original works? Be prepared to see elegant, deliberate use of the guitar in the able hands of Bruce Anthony as he puts the notes to work during 45 mins of compelling original picking and fretwork.