The Acadia School of Traditional Music & Arts welcomes Boston-based multi-style violinist Mari Black (www.mariblack.com) to Ellsworth. Mari and her extraordinary band will perform in concert on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Flexit Cafe & Bakery, 192 Main Street, Ellsworth Maine.
$15 advance purchase, $20 at the door. (Purchase tickets at the bottom of this page. Ticket prices include $1.50 service fee.)
* Online ticket sales will close at 5:00 p.m. on February 20. If the show sells out in advance we will post a notice on this page.
One of the brightest young fiddlers around today
– Brian O’Donovan, host of WGBH radio’s “A Celtic Sojourn”
– The Boston Globe
She is superb, inspiring, and unforgettable. Her magic is such that she sweeps audiences along with the sounds she and her instrument make.
– Willie Ruff, Professor of Jazz and Artistic Director of the Ellington Fellowship Series, Yale University
Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler Mari Black is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists of her generation. Her energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. Equally at home in a wide variety of musical traditions, Mari is the 2015 & 2013 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, the 2014 Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Champion, the 2014 & 2012 Canadian Maritime Fiddle Champion, the 2011 Canadian Novelty Fiddle Champion, a 1st Prize Winner at the 2010 American Protégé International String Competition, and a 2-time laureate at the American String Teachers’ Association Alternative Styles Awards. On stage, she creates shows that draw on elements from many different styles including jazz, tango, folk, Western classical, as well as Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling. Her performances take listeners on a musical journey exploring the diversity and celebrating commonalities in the dance-driven folk musics of the world.
Mari holds a Masters’ Degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, and a doctorate from Columbia University’s Teachers College, where she was the Geffen Fellow in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creativity. Mari is currently touring and teaching around the country. Her debut album, “Flight”, was released in the spring of 2014, and features dance-driven music from around the world.