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Join us on Saturday, September 23 for a live musical performance by Jake Blount and Tatiana Hargreaves at 3pm in the museum’s Performance Theater as part of Museum Day Live!
Jake Blount is a fiddler, banjo player, and scholar based in Ithaca, New York. He has studied with modern masters of old-time music, including Bruce Molsky, Judy Hyman (of the Horse Flies), and Rhiannon Giddens and Hubby Jenkins (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops). He centers and venerates his racial and ethnic heritage through his approach to music and its history. In 2016, Blount became the first Black person to make the finals at the prestigious Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia, and the first to win in the traditional band category. In the following year, he received his B.A. in Ethnomusicology from Hamilton College and released his debut EP, Reparations, with award-winning fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves. Blount has since been invited to share his music and research at the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, and numerous other museums, colleges and universities.
Since releasing her first solo album, Started Out To Ramble, in 2009 (produced by Bruce Molsky), Tatiana Hargreaves has toured with musicians from Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch to Laurie Lewis, Bruce Molsky, and Darol Anger. From being the second woman to place first at the Clifftop Appalachian Fiddle Contest in 2009 to her playing on Laurie Lewis’s Grammy-nominated album The Hazel And Alice Sessions, Hargreaves is dedicated to respecting and preserving old-time and bluegrass traditions while simultaneously seeking her own musical voice and exploring new ways of approaching these styles. Tatiana recently received a degree in Ethnomusicology at Hampshire College.
This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited so it will be on a first come basis. You will need a Museum Day Live! ticket to gain free admission to the museum on September 23; go to our Museum Day Live! event page to download your free ticket for two people.