It’s April, and Spring is in full swing, from fluffy clouds to drizzly showers, winds and warm sunshine.
String Theory is excited about our upcoming adventures this and coming months! We’ll be meeting for a “String Theory Party” (read: rehearsal, haha…) this Saturday, to get ready for our performance at the Anaheim Farmers Market on April 12th, 6pm! We’ll only be playing for about 45 minutes that evening, so be sure to get there in plenty of time to see us; we’ll be featuring a set consisting of nearly entirely our own originals.
Speaking of which… We’ve got a few surprises for you, “cooking on the fire” for the rest of this year… including an original music video, and a full album CD of String Theory Originals! We know many of you have been asking for recordings that you can take home with you… You’ll want to keep an eye out for more news on that as we move forward with these awesome projects! 😉
Also, if you can’t make it out to Anaheim to see us on April 12th, don’t forget our 3-hour set we’ve been invited to play in Claremont on April 22nd, 2pm! As always, you can find all details for our upcoming events at our Events page.
To brighten your day, here’s a little treat: Ashokan Farewell, starting from one seed of lament, has taken on an immense life of its own, and in this way, you might say, has become a symbol of rebirth and new beginnings — perfect for Springtime contemplations. Written by Jay Ungar in 1982, in “a moment of deep emotion…”
…I was looking for a Scottish lament, you know, that would express how I felt. And I couldn’t think of one, so I just started playing, and this tune came out. And it brought me to tears. And every time I played the beginning of it, for months afterward, I was brought to tears. So, it was difficult to play it for anyone. But after a while, our band Fiddle Fever started performing it, and we eventually recorded it.
From there, it went on to be the featured tune in the PBS film by Ken Burns, The Civil War. “The tune ‘Ashokan Farewell’ is out there in the world now. And we hear stories about it every now and then. Somebody will come back from Ireland and say, ‘Oh, I heard it in a pub in this little town in western Ireland!’ You know, it just pops up. But it’s got a life of its own.” (Molly Mason)
You can read the full transcript of the interview with Jay Unagr and his wife, Molly Mason, about this work here.
In the meantime, please enjoy String Theory’s rendition of Ashokan Farewell. We hope to see you very soon!
- Ashokan Farewell
Based on the arrangement for two violins and piano by Sarah Wallin (Copyright 1996 Sarah Wallin). Original work by Jay Ungar (1982).