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  • WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio
  • One Guest St.
  • Boston, MA 02135
  • Front Row Boston
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Front Row Boston: Live At Fraser Presents Henry Jamison And Neave Trio

  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Vermont-based singer/songwriter will join us for a very special Live at Fraser performance. The Boston-based Neave Trio opens with a set of music by Astor Piazzolla.

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Take one look at his family tree and one thing becomes abundantly clear: Henry Jamison was born to write songs. There’s his father, a classical composer, and his mother, an English professor, who both inspired him directly. But if you continue tracing the Jamison lineage, some interesting names start to turn up. Go back to the 1800's and you'll find "Battle Cry of Freedom" author George Frederick Root, the most popular songwriter of the Civil War era. Travel even further back, to 14th century England, and you'll find the poet John Gower, known to be a friend to both Chaucer and Richard II.

There’s definitely a bardic tradition within the Jamison family, and Henry has taken his inherent storytelling skills and finely tuned them into an art of his own.

With his debut album, The Wilds, Jamison blends delicate acoustic guitar and banjo with programmed percussion loops and synthesizers, while grappling with the jarring dissonances of contemporary life. He writes with cinematic precision, conjuring vivid scenes of fully realized characters wrestling with existential crises and modern malaise.

The album comes on the heels of Jamison’s 2016 breakout EP The Rains, a collection of songs that’s racked up more than 20 million streams on Spotify and earned him a spot in NPR's World Café breaking artist series, raving that his "descriptions of places ring true and his subtle production touches stand out."

Get your tickets today for what’s promising to be a night filled with visual lyricism and baroque pop perfection in WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio.

(Henry Jamison photo credit: Patrick McCormack)

Supporting Henry Jamison will be the classical ensemble Neave Trio.

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Since forming in 2010, Neave Trio has earned enormous praise for its engaging, cutting-edge performances. WQXR explains, "'Neave' is actually a Gaelic name meaning 'bright' and 'radiant', both of which certainly apply to this trio's music making." The Boston Musical Intelligencer included Neave in its "Best of 2014" and “Best of 2016” roundups, claiming, “their unanimity, communication, variety of touch, and expressive sensibility rate first tier.

Violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Eri Nakamura will be performing selections from their latest album which honors the music of Astor Piazzolla. Released in November 2018, Celebrating Piazzolla (Azica Records) includes Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas and new arrangements by Leonardo Suárez Paz for piano trio and mezzo-soprano Carla Jablonski.

(Neave Trio photo credit: Arthur Meller)

After the performance, we will have a beer and wine dessert reception with light refreshments.

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