Classically-trained virtuosic performers take the stage to perform original music that transcends genre.
Addi & Jacq were voted “best emerging band in NYC” as winners of the 2015 WNYC Battle of the Boroughs. Vocalist Addi McDaniel, who has been praised as “a powerhouse with a brass-plated voice” (Los Angeles Times), and the “exceptionally virtuosic and sensitive” (Classical Source) harpist Jacqueline Kerrod fuse classical music with an irresistible pop sensibility. They perform songs that run the gamut from delicate, folk-tinged ballads to layered, beat-driven electric harp grooves.
With playing that is “fierce and lyrical” and music that is “other-worldly” (Strad Magazine) Jessica Meyer turns her voice and viola into an entire orchestra of emotion to embody different states of being. Inspired by everything from Bach, Brahms and Blues to Flamenco, Indian Raga, and Appalachian fiddling, "Sounds of Being" takes audience members on a journey through joy, anxiety, anger, bliss, torment, loneliness and passion. To get the sounds she wants, Meyer goes beyond the conventional means of performing with her instrument: she drums on her viola, sings with it, turns the tuning pegs while performing, and draws the bow on many different places on the instrument (even on her microphone), all while using a loop pedal in a uniquely symphonic way.