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The collaboration between Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle spans worlds — between their homes in Brooklyn and rural Virginia — between deep study of mountain ballads with old masters and explorations into the avant garde — between music, performance, and visual art.
Anna & Elizabeth have performed across the country and in Europe, highlights include The Newport Folk Festival, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, National Sawdust, The Chicago Folk Festival, The High Museum of Modern Art (Atlanta), Cambridge Folk Festival (UK), Pickathon. They have been residency fellows at the The MacDowell Colony (NH), Montalvo Arts Center (CA), The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and AIR Serenbe (GA); and artists in residence at Warren Wilson College, Hamilton College, Bucknell University, and Richmond University. Their work has been featured on BBC Radio 2 and BBC3’s Late Junction, Vice’s Noisey, the Huffington Post, No Depression. They have shared the stage with Alice Gerrard, Mick Moloney, Sam Lee and Riley Baugus, Bruce Greene, Abigail Washburn, and Wayne Henderson; National Heritage Award winners Sheila Kay Adams and Billy McComiskey; and in 2016 collaborated with Javanese composer/singer Peni Candra Rini developing an original theater piece integrating Indonesian and Appalachian music and storytelling.
ELIZABETH LAPRELLE 29, lives on a farm in Rural Retreat, Virginia, where she grew up, and has pursued her interest in mountain ballads for over a decade. Since the release of her debut album at age 16, she’s been hailed as one of the most dedicated students of the traditional unaccompanied style of her generation. The student of master singer Ginny Hawker and National Heritage Fellow Sheila Kay Adams, Elizabeth was the first recipient of the Henry Reed Award from the Library of Congress at age 16, and won the 2012 Mike Seeger Award at Folk Alliance International. She has released three solo ballad albums, and was called “the best young Appalachian ballad singer to emerge in recent memory” by UK’s fRoots Magazine.
ANNA ROBERTS-GEVALT, 29 is a voracious and curious multi-instrumentalist originally from Vermont, described by Meredith Monk as a “radiant being.” She fell in love with the sound of banjo in college, moved to the mountains, and learned with master musicians in Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina, becoming a blue-ribbon fiddler and banjo player (WV State Folk Fest, Kentucky Fiddle Contest). She was a fellow at the Berea College Archive; a 2014 OneBeat fellow (Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation); artistic director of Kentucky’s traditional music institute, the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School; curator of Baltimore’s Crankie Festival. She has recently delved into new musical worlds, including recent work with composers Brian Harnetty, Nate May and Cleek Schrey, and Matmos, David Rothenberg, Susan Alcorn, and saxophonist Jarrett Gilgore. She has contributed writing to No Depression and The Old Time Herald. www.annaandelizabeth.com
Described by the Irish Times as “a musician utterly at one with his instrument and his music,” Cleek Schrey is a fiddler and composer from Virginia, now based in NYC. Recent engagements include a residency with David Behrman and Anton Lukoszevieze at Café OTO (London), the Beckett in London Festival with Gare St. Lazare, and a solo appearance at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. He has studied composition with David Behrman, Paul Caputo, Bunita Marcus, and Walter Zimmermann. The journal Sound Post has noted that Cleek “possesses a rare combination of traits: deep respect for traditional music and the people who make it, and an unbounded curiosity about new directions for sound.” He is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Composition at Wesleyan University. In 2017 he will be Artist-in-Residence at The Watermill Center. cleekschrey.virb.com