The Starry Mountain Singers will make their third appearance in the Triangle after memorable performances in Durham in 2013 and 2014. An ensemble of eight vocalists, the Starry Mountain Singers will perform a wide range of traditional music from around the United States and the world. The concert will be on Sunday, March 12 at Grace Lutheran Church (824 N. Buchanan Blvd., Durham, NC 27701) at 4 pm. They will be touring their first studio album.
Their musical program features traditional songs from the United States, Renaissance Europe, Sardinia, Corsica and Caucasus Georgia. The American repertoire includes shape-note songs (a traditional New England song style), powerful gospel numbers, cowboy songs, and haunting folk tunes from the Appalachians. The Georgian, Corsican and Sardinian songs are a mixture of sacred and secular pieces that demonstrate the incredible range of unusual chords, unique vocal production, and spine-tingling sounds and stories from those countries. Each member has contributed songs from her or his particular area of musical knowledge and expertise, resulting in a dynamic and eclectic program that will delight world-music fans and lovers of choral performance.
“The Starry Mountain Singers are a group comprised of young adults who have a rare musical alchemy,” said Marytha Paffrath, principal percussionist of the group Libana, of a recent performance. “The roots go deep, the soaring flies high, the pleasure of communing musically is palpable and when their chords line up, which seems to be always, the air in the room seems to shift and rearrange.”
The Starry Mountain Singers are Stefan Amidon, Zara Bode, Avery Book, Gideon Crevoshay, Jeff Fellinger, Emily Miller, Nathan Morrison, and Suzannah Park. Formed in 2010, the group’s members are all lifelong musicians who share a deep love of traditional vocal styles and a dedication to studying and performing these types of polyphony.