Harpeth Rising, named after a Tennessee River, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Alton as a part of the Hayner Library 2015 Fall Concert Series. (From left) Rebecca Reed-Lunn, Jordana Greenberg and Maria DiMeglio.
ALTON — Harpeth Rising will perform a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, on the upper level of Alton Square Mall as part of the Hayner Library 2015 fall concert series.
Harpeth Rising is named for a river near Franklin, Tenn., because water is dynamic and powerful — terms that could also describe the music created by the three women who make up the group: Jordana Greenberg (violin, vocals), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo, vocals) and Maria DiMeglio (cello, vocals).
“We all studied classical music, both as young children and at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where we met,” Reed-Lunn said. “We each found folk and bluegrass music in different ways. Jordana, originally from Ontario, grew up listening to folk songs by her father, David Greenberg, along with Bob Dylan and other Canadian artists like Stan Rogers. She also started playing bluegrass fiddle music when she moved to Southern Indiana when she was 8. I, from California, and Maria, from New York, didn’t become immersed in American folk and bluegrass music until college, though Maria grew up listening to and studying a lot of Eastern European folk music.”
Unapologetic genre-benders, the trio fuses folk, “newgrass,” rock and classical into an organic sound. Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies and a soulful lyrical perspective.
Harpeth Rising has performed in the St. Louis region in the last few years but has never made the trek across the river to Greater Alton. Based out of Louisville, Ky., Harpeth Rising members joke that their current address should include the words Toyota Prius because that’s where they spend much of their time on tour.
“We’ve played at the Focal Point near St. Louis, but this will be our first performance in Alton,” Reed-Lunn said. “Our booking agent found the concert series. We heard that Alton is the hometown of Miles Davis, so it’d be great if we have time to see any landmarks associated with him.”
Releasing five albums in five years, Harpeth Rising has kept a busy schedule, but it seems to come naturally to the trio. The most recent album, “Shifted,” released in early 2015, shows the band continues to reinvent itself.
“We’re always working on new songs and arrangements so the new albums come out at a natural pace for us; it keeps our performances fresh and exciting,” Reed-Lunn said. “We’re really excited about ‘Shifted.’ The lyrics are both introspective and playful and we think it’s our most cohesive album. While our previous albums have always delved into several musical genres, this album blends them together in a way that many people have told us creates a genre of its own throughout.”
This event is approved for all ages and is free, although registration is required by calling (800) 613-3163. The library requests registrants who can’t attend to call the registration line and remove their names from the list so others can attend.
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