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Specialty Artists: Artist Line-Up

Our Artist Line-up:

Randal Harrison: performer, composer, educator

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EMMY nominated composer
MAMAs: jazz artist of the year
                 blues artist of the year
                 classical artist of the year

"Randal's charisma and virtuosity make him our audience favorite."

- Jim Nuttall, Director LRC Theater, Nicolet College


Bodhinay'
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An eclectic journey through musical cultures of the world!

Violinist Randal Harrison and Stas Venglevski, a Graduate of the Russian Academy of Music, three time winner of the Bayan Competition of Moldova, first met International bodhranist Evan Leahy while performing together in his WAMI winning Celtic band, Leahy’s Luck. After touring and playing together for years, 2011 marks the inauguration of these three virtuosi as the independent trio, Bodhinay`. Their performances are a musical travelogue, bringing together a far reaching mix of Celtic, Tango, Gypsy, Americana and World Music.


 


NST_DEMO_CD_Face_forweb.jpg The New String Trio

"captivating...exhilarating" -Phillip Wong, JazzReview.com

The New String Trio features Emmy nominated Composer and Jazz violinist Randal Harrison along with the world's leading improvising cellist, Matt Turner and bassist Mark Urness, winner of the prestigious International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition. This jazz trio with classical instrumentation could easily be booked as a crossover ensemble. They perform original compositions inspired by the likes of Bo Diddly and Astor Piazzolla while incorporating new arrangements of seasoned standards by Billie Holiday and Jimi Hendrix. The New String Trio's world class technique and musicianship inspire audiences of any genre.

 

"Randal Harrison is a delight to hear ... the listener will want to hear every note that is played. Full of nuance and surprise. We enjoyed the energy and artistry of Randal Harrison and his trio."

-John Harmon, Fox Jazz Fest Chairman


rhtcdcover_for_web.jpg  The Randal Harrison Trio

"brilliant musicians" - John Book, Music for America

The Randal Harrison Trio features Randal Harrison on violin, Mark Urness on bass and world renowned percussionist and Blue Note recording artist, Dane Richeson. The Randal Harrison Trio's repertoire of mostly original compositions draws from the great masters of the American jazz tradition, with diverse influences of Indian Classical, Gypsy, Tango Nuevo and their own self-styled Appalachian Funk.

 

"Harrison swings and axe ... cutting new clearings ... and builds on the still evolving jazz violin tradition."

- Kevin Lynch, Jazz Critic


These seasoned performers and educators bring the highest quality of professionalism and artistry to performing arts venues. Each group is available for performances, artist-in-residencies, and education outreach or clinics for all ages.

 

 

Artist Representative: Specialty Artists / info@specialtyartists.net / (608)279-9856

 


Violinist Randal Harrison charms, challenges and inspires listeners of all ages. Critics have simultaneously declared him reminiscent of Nicoli Pagannini, Stephane Grapelli, Al DiMeola and Frank Zappa. His mastery of such diverse styles has garnered him an EMMY nomination for composition and three MAMAs for Jazz Artist of the Year, Classical Artist of the Year and Blues Artist of the Year. His diverse performance credits include work with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, bassist and Blue Note recording artist Ben Tucker, and legendary drummer Sam Lay of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Harrison appears on over 100 recordings including works for Naxos World, SRM, Boat Records, db Musique, Spiritwood and StringFling Records. In addition to performing, composing and recording, Randal travels as a clinician of jazz, improvisation and violin studies. He is the past president of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin and is the founder and director of the East Side Talent Education Association of Madison (ESTEAM) where he teaches classical music to young musicians and alternative styles to advancing violinists and educators.