Christian Sedelmyer fiddle, vocals
Rachel Baiman fiddle, banjo, vocals
Described as “The newest and most promising voices in Americana” by NPR, 10 String Symphony is a collaboration between Grammy-nominated fiddle player Christian Sedelmyer and acclaimed songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Baiman.
Take ten strings, add two compelling voices and one shared sense of social justice, and what you’ve got is a dynamic and quietly authoritative duo in the best tradition of Guthrie and Seeger. Christian Sedelmyer and Rachel Baiman are artists firmly rooted in the old-timey Americana tradition, but with musical explorations that carry them fearlessly into the present moment, 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. Through their musicianship, they engage with life, art, nature, and global challenges in ways that are variously warm, humorous and thought-provoking. They are champions of change, and though just two in number, their impact is massively amplified by their brilliant use of technology and skilful arrangements. These are truly musicians of our time.
“The newest and most promising voices in Americana” – NPR, All Songs Considered
“An unassumingly intriguing record… something out of the ordinary” – FolkRoots
“Honouring timeless traditions with respectful acknowledgement and creative innovation” – Folk Alley
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.
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.