Program of Bach, Gershwin, and Faure gets two local performances

Milford. Children are admitted free to two concerts to be performed at Grey Towers and the Silk Mill.

Aug 09 2019 | 01:49 PM

The Feigelson-Matheus-George Trio will perform music by Bach, Faure, Gershwin, and trio members at two local venues: Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford and the Hawley Silk Mill.

"Life often works in spontaneous ways, somehow bringing kindred spirits together," said Composer Eugene Feigelson. "In July 2017 at the Labo-M studio in Paris, Jacob Matheus and I met Ian George to record Ian's album, 'Kingdom of My Youth.' What ensued has been a long-lasting friendship that has gone from Paris to Oregon, from Germany to London, and now, to the loveliest hamlets of all, Milford and Hawley, Pennsylvania."

The son of musicians and a former Milford resident who now lives in Europe, Feigelson frequently collaborates with Brooklyn-based guitarist-composer Jacob Matheus. Feigelson has performed with Liam Gallagher of Oasis on an "Unplugged" recording (to be released in September), co-authored the "Shape of Musical Improvisation" section of "Music and Shape" (Oxford), and composed the soundtrack for the award-winning film "Bonobo," starring James Norton.

Matheus (aka Jacob Matheus Drab) thrives at the nexus of lyricism and danger, introducing free improvisation to the traditions of European written music. His performances also weave folk, jazz, and contemporary classical music into the mix.

Mandolin/guitar player and composer Ian George, a resident of the Twin Cities, Minnesota, "is a fanciful folk troubadour with... a spirited vision," says a review in Atwood Magazine. He offers "a heartwarming blend of Iron and Wine's folk and Vampire Weekend's frisky energy...but his songs are equally intimate and emotional."

In addition to music by Bach, Faure, and Gershwin, the trio will perform a Brazilian folk song and tunes by George and Matheus. After intermission they'll play music from "Kingdom of My Youth."

The concerts are sponsored by Kindred Spirits Arts Programs, which has been bringing high-quality concerts featuring classical, jazz, pop, and folk music, plus enlightening school programs, to northeast Pennsylvania since 2002. The nonprofit receives support from individuals and small businesses.Visit kindredspiritsarts.org for more information.

To hear one of Ian George's songs with the trio, visit https://vimeo.com/230966414.

If you go:
What: The Feigelson-Matheus-George
When and where: 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford; and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Hawley Silk Mill in Hawley
How much: $20 general admission, free for children 15 and under
Tickets: Available at the door, kindredspiritsarts.org, and Holy Crepes, 224 Broad St., Milford