Celtic Indian Arvel Bird
Saturday, April 13, 2024, 7:00 PM
$25 general, $27 door, $30 priority seating in first 3 rows
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The Incomparable Celtic Indian Arvel Bird Brings his RMS Titanic Rememberance Concert to the Old Town Center for the Arts
On the night of April 14, 1912, the passenger liner RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank on April 15, resulting in the deaths of 1,517 people, making it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.
Celtic Indian fiddle extraordinaire, Arvel Bird, has created a musical journey dedicated to the passengers, crew and musicians aboard RMS Titanic in April 1912. This tribute to the “unsinkable” ship and honors the survivors and those lost in a powerful new concert RMS Titanic Remembrance Concert, at the Old Town Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 13th beginning at 7:00 PM.
Celtic fusion recording artist, Arvel Bird, is known around the world for his dramatic connection between Celtic and Native American traditions, creating a musical experience that audiences love. Dubbed “Lord of the Strings” by fans and music critics, his music evokes the soul of North American history and is thoroughly entertaining, but also enlightening and humanizing. In a language and experience that captures the hearts and imagination of all audiences, he’s emotional without being condescending, intellectual without being pretentious. One measure of any art form is when the medium is so mastered that it becomes transparent, allowing its message to be seen, heard and felt. Arvel Bird has achieved that mastery.
Arvel Bird is a violinist, flutist, and composer. He was named by the prestigious Cowboy and Indian Magazine, as one of the top 4 favorite Native American Musicians, along with Buffy St. Marie and R. Carlos Nakai.
When asked about his diverse background, Arvel explained, “I studied classical music for 11 years primarily so I could learn to play the violin and then go my own direction. Celtic music was where I branched out first. It’s much like classical music in that it takes a lot of technique to play. It’s demanding and precise with a lot of ornamentation both with the left hand and the bow hand. Of course, I have played a lot of other styles of music like Old Time fiddle, bluegrass, country, blues, jazz, and rock but I always maintained my chops by playing Celtic music.”
“Titanic is one of the most emotional albums I’ve ever recorded,” said Arvel Bird. “I felt like an actor preparing for each new role with each composition I wrote. Bandleader Wallace Hartley and three band members, for example, continued playing and doing what they loved best until the very end, comforting the distraught passengers. I hope that I would have been that brave and done my best to keep the scared passengers calm, but no one knows for sure until they’re in that situation. The music created an exciting range of emotions in me, and the studio musicians on the album experienced the same emotions in their performance of the scores.”
Traditional songs that were performed on the Titanic, Nearer My God to Thee and Songe D’Automne, are beautifully woven throughout the original arrangements Adrift in the Dark and Over the Airwaves. In Fire & Coal, the Celtic violin melody pounds out a swift, lilting beat, in rhythm with the speed and intensity with which the 177 firemen and stokers worked to shovel 630 tons of coal a day to keep Titanic moving at her optimum speed. Over the Airwaves, begins with melodic Morse Code, recreating the frantic distress signals tapped by Marconi wireless operator Jack Phillips in attempt to summon help from passing ships.
Join us for this very unique experience, Arvel Bird’s RMS Titanic Remembrance Concert, on Saturday, April 13 at 7:00 PM. This concert will take you on a voyage.
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