Folk Music Power Couple Will Share Their Musical Traditions on Latest Edition of Virtual Concert Series
Black Mountain, North Carolina – It all started with a simple goal: keep the music going. White Horse Black Mountain, a community-minded listening room, focuses on celebrating the connection between artist and audience. During the COVID-19 pandemic, that feeling of connectedness is more important than ever. Though the doors of White Horse Black Mountain are temporarily closed, the music continues – through White Horse Live, a virtual concert series.
White Horse Black Mountain owner Bob Hinkle joined forces with Radhaus.Studio, a mobile recording and online broadcast facility helmed by founder Rebekkah Hilgraves, to bring this new venture to life. “With the pandemic and the necessary lockdown, performers and venues have been among the hardest hit,” says Hilgraves. “Gigs suddenly stopped, tours were cancelled, opportunities vanished overnight. Artists, being a creative bunch, turned to alternatives – namely, the internet. Everywhere you look now, there is some live online event going on, and we’re thrilled that artists are taking back the relationship between themselves and their audiences. White Horse Live was conceived as a next-level version of that idea: connect artists, who want to play, with the audiences who miss them, and deliver those performances in a high quality, intimate, studio-like setting — and help all of us survive this mess.”
The featured performers on this week’s edition of White Horse Live are no strangers to the White Horse community. “I have probably booked Jay Brown and Aditi Sethi more than just about anybody,” muses Hinkle. “Jay brilliantly hosts our Local Live Series every other Monday as singer/player as well as emcee. He also leads regional heroes, The Lazybirds, and he and his wife Aditi are half of The Appaluchians, a wonderful eclectic folk/Americana band.”
Aditi and Jay have been singing and performing since they were children. Aditi grew up learning devotional and folk Indian music from her grandparents from India and continued to accompany and perform with her father throughout her childhood. More recently, she studied Indian devotional and classical music with her guru Krishna Kant Shukla, of Varnasi, India. Jay grew up playing folk guitar with his parents and has continued to pursue a career in music as a singer-songwriter and roots musician. Jay has spent years traveling and playing around the U.S., absorbing our rich musical heritage and performing with artists such as Doc Watson, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Etta Baker.
The couple naturally pulled together their eclectic backgrounds to create an original sound when they formed the band, Shantavaani. Continuing on as a duo – Aditi and Jay – they deeply honor the traditions they’ve studied, and hope that this convergence of musical traditions can facilitate not only entertainment but also enrichment for the soul.
“If I had to say, I believe Jay and Aditi may just be the first family of music in these parts. It would be a shame to miss their contribution to White Horse Live,” concludes Hinkle. “We hope you’ll join us for an evening of music, community, and connection.”
White Horse Live with Aditi and Jay streams worldwide this Saturday, May 30, at 8 PM EDT. Listeners can join in via the White Horse Live portal, Facebook Live, and YouTube. The stream is completely free, but donations for the artists and venue are gratefully accepted and allow White Horse to continue with their mission: to build community through “music, arts, and spirit.”
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