10 String Symphony
10 String Symphony • Although difficult to categorize, the music of 10 String Symphony is instantly recognizable as a blend of two distinct but equally vivacious musical voices. Vocally, Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer lock in seamlessly, and their vocal duets often take center stage despite the fact that they are self-described fiddle players. While their love of traditional fiddle music (Old-Time, Bluegrass, Scottish) is evident in their music, a diversity in taste and influence is equally apparent, and their original repertoire is complemented by songs by Townes van Zandt and Loudon Wainwright III. Decidedly contemporary in their musical approach, their debut album showcases Sedelmyer’s virtuosic improvisation and love of dissonance alongside Baiman’s old-time rhythm and emotional melodic sensibilities.
Their self-titled debut album, 10 String Symphony, was released on December 1, 2012. From the tracks we’ve heard so far here at the Journal, this album is definitely one to add to your collection. The fiddle playing from both Sedelmyer and Baiman is beautiful, articulate, expressive, and their synchronicity is compelling. Baiman’s clawhammer work is tastefully gentle as well, and Sedelmyer’s improvisational work is a wonderful balance of the traditional mountain music fused with contemporary harmonic and rhythmic influences that make for a great listen. Their vocals are equally impressive, capturing that far away feeling so loved in folk music, and when set against the texture of the 2 fiddles (or fiddle and banjo), it is easy to get lost in this record.
“The fiddle playing from both Sedelmyer and Baiman is beautiful, articulate, expressive, and their synchronicity is compelling.”
The two Nashville-based musicians are well established individually in the acoustic music world. Sedelmyer, originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, moved to Nashville in 2008. He has since performed and/or recorded with Peter Rowan, The Greencards, The Black Lillies, Nora Jane Struthers, The DanBerrys, Roustabout, and is most well known as a previously full-time member of acoustic pop group The Farewell Drifters. Rachel Baiman grew up in the Chicago area and is a two-time Illinois state fiddle champion. Since moving to Nashville, she has appeared with Kelsey Waldon, The Flea Marketeers, and on the Grand Old Opry with Mike Snyder. Most recently, Rachel has toured with progressive folk quartet Belfry Fellows. For both, the 10 String Symphony project creates broader responsibilities for their instrumental ideas, and brings their vocal work to the forefront.
10 String Symphony is an arena for mesmerizing acoustic innovation. Harmony vocals, soulful lead-playing, original compositions, timeless songs, percussive back-up, and ripping fiddle-tunes are all in the mix for this not-to-be missed duo.
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