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AMBER RUBARTH w/Dave Eggar and Max ZT, April 4, Thursday, 8 pm. $8 in advance/$12 day of the show. [to be filmed for television]
Winner of NPR's prestigious Mountain Stage New Song Contest, Amber Rubarth writes songs of courageous vulnerability so personal that they touch the universal. Rubarth's fifth album, produced by Jacquire King (who also worked with Tom Waits and Norah Jones), debuted at No. 13 on iTunes' songwriter chart and features duets with Jason Reeves and Jason Mraz. For seven years she has toured extensively and has appeared at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. Her songs have attracted enthusiastic praise from NPR, The Huffington Post, BBC Radio, Acoustic Guitar Magazine and the legendary Sun Studio. Her live performance is now airing nationwide on PBS.
A two-time Grammy nominee and winner of SONY records Elevated Standards Award for excellence in classical music, cello soloist Dave Eggar has performed throughout the world, including at Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl and Paris Opera. A graduate of Juilliard's prestigious doctoral program and Harvard University, Eggar has released five solo records and toured and recorded with imminent artists including The Who, Patti Smith, Coldplay, Tony Bennett, Andrea Bocelli and Evanescence.
Max ZT, lauded as the "Jimi Hendrix of the hammered dulcimer" by NPR, is an innovator of the instrument. Drawing from classical Irish folk music, Max has transplanted his compositional techniques to both Senegal and Mumbai, where he received a grant to study under the great santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. His fresh perspective and bold experimentalism have been the backbone of beautiful and complex compositions. Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., Max has released five CDs and in 2005 won the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship.