10 String Symphony
Christian Sedelmyer, fiddle/vocals
Rachel Baiman, fiddle/banjo/vocals
Take ten strings, add two seductive voices, one shared sense of social justice and that all tots up to a dynamic duo in the best tradition of Guthrie and Seeger. Christian Sedelmyer and Rachel Baiman are artists whose roots are firmly in the old-timey Americana tradition, but whose musical explorations take them fearlessly into the present and beyond, creating songs and sound worlds that are immediate and compelling. These are musicians whose prime inspiration is our world and how we live in it. Their engagement with life, with art, with nature, with global challenges, is delivered with stunning musicianship, wit, humour and warm communication. They are champions of change and though just two in number, their sound and impact is massively amplified by their bright and brilliant use of technology and clever arrangements. These are truly musicians of our time.
Presented by Music Network
Rachel Baiman’s June 2017 label debut Shame was featured on NPR’s “Songs We Love”, called a “Rootsy Wake-up Call” by Folk Alley, and described by Vice’s “Noisey” as “flipping off authority one song at a time.” Now Baiman has announced Thanksgiving (out November 2 on Free Dirt Records), a self-produced four-song EP, featuring her live trio as well as special guests including Molly Tuttle and Josh Oliver.Baiman’s Thanksgiving is an intriguing follow up to Shame, allowing her a chance to stretch out stylistically, moving effortlessly between bluegrass, to bolk, old-time and country. The bittersweet lyricism she’s become known for conveys the push and pull of hardship and hope we often feel during the holiday season.
Christian Sedelmyer: A formidable combination of passion, ambition, innovation, and talent, Christian Sedelmyer exemplifies a new generation of musicians. A 4 and 5 string violin player and composer who is influenced in equal part by Neil Young and Stuart Duncan, Christian's unique and progressive improvisational ideas, technical facility, and ardent musicianship have garnered him a strong reputation in Nashville, where he now makes his home. Originally from Erie, PA, Christian grew up studying classical violin, while simultaneously playing 60's and 70's era folk rock in his dad's band. After graduating from Wake Forest University with a business degree, Christian took a consulting job in Washington, DC. It took less than a year for him to realize that working a nine-to-five was not going to allow him to satisfy his musical curiosities.