West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Arts Alive! program is pleased to announce the upcoming performance of Pianafiddle at the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Culpepper Auditorium.
Pianafiddle. Is it bluegrass? Is it jazz? Is it classical, old time, ragtime, or blues? If Pianafiddle is performing, the answer is YES! Beginning only with a familiar tune, violinist/fiddler Adam DeGraff and pianist Randy Morris improvise as they go, blending the traditional, the unwritten, and the spontaneous in compelling performances that range literally from Bach to Bluegrass. Each a consummate concert artist in his own right, DeGraff and Morris bring to the stage an astounding level of technique matched only by their heartfelt passion and daredevil, off-the-cuff, improvisational risk-taking. The duo continues to mystify audiences as they blur stylistic lines, transcend musical genres and bring energy and a tasteful touch of humor to each performance.
Although Adam and Randy come from different sides of the musical tracks, Pianafiddle brings together the best of all musical worlds. The critics agree that “the duo’s musical communication seemed telepathic, so well did they connect with each other, and with a relaxed stage presence and some homespun joking, they connected equally as well with the audience.”
With countless performances, five CDs, and a full-length concert DVD to their credit, Pianafiddle continues to engross its fans with traditionally grounded yet spontaneous musical creations that unfold on stage… different every time.
Adam and Randy love performing, improvising and playing off one another, and ultimately agree that musical boundaries are meant to be crossed!
Concert violinist and fiddle player, Adam DeGraff is known around the world as one of the most innovative and dynamic fiddlers of his generation. From his many years as a classical orchestral musician, concert soloist, and chamber musician to his ground-breaking and “positively pyrotechnic” fiddle playing, Adam’s performances range from Bluegrass to Bach to Classic Rock.
Randy Morris is a multitalented instrumentalist, arranger, band leader and entertainer. Randy is freewheeling in his approach to music, using and sometimes combining a variety of musical styles into a unique personal sound. His credits include stage musicals, orchestral concerts, television soundtracks, show production for Walt Disney World and other theme parks, and dozens of jazz festivals and cruises throughout the world.
This program is presented with financial assistance from the WV Department of Arts, Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.
The performance is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m.