Duo performs Acadian & Celtic music at Jesup May 18

5/18/2014, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

BAR HARBOR — Août Gris, the talented duo of Chris Gray and Gus LaCasse, will perform at the Jesup Memorial Library on Sunday, May 18, beginning at 2 p.m. The concert is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
          This latest performance in the Jesup Concert Series is sponsored by
The Acadia Trad School, dedicated to promoting the education and appreciation of traditional music, dance, art, and instrument craft. Chris and Gus met last summer at The Acadia Trad School. This year, Chris will be teaching workshops on piping at the school and Gus will be the Resident Student Artist. Août Gris will perform at the World Acadian Congress in Madawaska on Aug. 15 for a Canadian National TV event.
          Chris is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Mount Desert Island.  After graduating from Bowdoin College, he studied in Ireland and earned a Master of Arts in ethnomusicology and a diploma in Irish Music from University College Cork. He is a self-employed musician and artist who specializes in the great Highland bagpipes, the Irish Uilleann pipes, and Irish whistles.  He is also an accomplished Irish, Middle Eastern and jazz drummer. In addition to Août Gris, he performs with the céilidh group MacLir, the Craggy Islanders, and with Chuck Donnelly and Chuck Whitney.
Gus, who plays violin, was drawn to the rhythms and sounds of traditional Acadian and Quebecoise music long before he was old enough to understand musical genres or how musical traditions are defined. At 6 he began studying classical violin with Richard Hsu and Heidi Powell, and soon after became the “littlest moose” in the Big Moose Contra Band. Now 13, Gus enjoys exploring ways of integrating classical and traditional music styles. In addition to Août Gris, he performs with the Craggy Islanders.   
For more information about this concert, contact Melinda Rice at the Jesup Memorial Library at mrice@jesuplibrary.org or 207-288-4245. For more information about The Acadia Trad School, visit www.acadiatradschool.com.
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