|Sunday 21 May 2017 @ 02:00pm : -
Anna and Elizabeth
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.
Six years deep into their work together, they have spent the past year visiting traditional music archives in their home states of Vermont and Virginia, working that raw material at residencies, and are in the midst of a new cycle of work together, including a third studio album; a multimedia stage show incorporating movement, illustration, storytelling and music; a pair of dance films; and a series of quilted illustrations called "crankies."
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.
"There's something truly inspiring about this collaboration between 25 year olds from southwest Virginia... and a very special treat for lovers of pure traditional singing and playing, afficionados of the great ballad, and anyone that gets excited witnessing culture carried forward with mastery, love and a profound and real understanding of what makes old material great." ~ SING OUT MAGAZINE
“They are at the heart of what we all call ‘traditional.’ I am so impressed with not only their talent, but also their commitment.” ~ GINNY HAWKER
“The voice hits you first. … LaPrelle’s shimmering resonance has been compared to that of Emmylou Harris, her ornamental trill to the church-influenced work of Ralph Stanley and Iris DeMent. … Roberts-Gevalt is an acclaimed musician in her own right … energetic and rangy.” ~ BETH MAC