Bach and Banjo at Hawks and Reed
Chris Devine: Violin, Viola, Mandolin, Guitar
Michael Nix: Guitar, Banjar, Banjo, Mandolin
Chris Devine and Michael Nix, present: “Bach and Banjo”. Bach’s music takes on new perspectives when filtered through their imaginative arrangements and instrumental combinations. Nix’s New Classic Banjo Project compositions for seven-string Banjar and duo arrangements of classic late 19th century music for five-string banjo are known for virtuosic, high energy performances of music that morphs and blends genres from classical, jazz, folk, bluegrass and international music in quirky, captivating arrangements. These two innovative multi-instrumentalists
Chris Devine’s violin, viola, and mandolin, and Michael Nix’s classical guitar, and seven-string Banjar. High-energy music from Brazil, Italy, Ireland, and original pieces for voila and seven-string Banjar compliment the Bach.
Devine and Nix bring together decades of international concert touring, recording, and composing in many genres. They are founding members of world chamber music trio The Pioneer Consort.
Chris Devine is a musician of diverse talents, performing on electric and acoustic violin, mandolin, and guitar, as well as flute, saxophone, and keyboard. He studied with internationally known concert violinist Julian Olevsky. As a session musician he has appeared on over 100 CDs in many different styles of music, including classical, jazz, pop, country, and folk. Chris toured Europe and Russia as a featured soloist with Blackmore’s Night, starring the influential guitarist Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple.
Michael Nix has performed traditional classical repertoire, new classical, and original music on guitar, lute, banjo and mandolin, in concert halls throughout the United States and Asia. Recently Nix presented his compositions based on the historical archives at the Smithsonian. He has composed solo music, songs, chamber music, symphonic works, electronic music, and opera. Nix designed the seven-string Banjar, combining elements of the classical five string banjo, the lute and the classical guitar. He founded the New Classic Banjo Project, commissioning new works to expand the repertoire of the modern classic banjo.