Paul Reisler & 1000 Questions – June 1
Friday, June 1 at 8:00 pm
Tickets $12 in advance / $15 at the door
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Paul Reisler, founder of Trapezoid and Kid Pan Alley, and his new band, Paul Reisler & A Thousand Questions will perform at WTA’s Gateway on Friday, June 1. The evening features original music by Reisler, joined by harmonica and piano virtuoso Howard Levy (formerly of the Flecktones), Amy Speace and percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven (formerly of the David Grisman Quintet). The music for the concert is what The Washington Post reported “climbs up the Blue Ridge and down to the bayou and back up the Himalayas.”
Paul Reisler is an internationally recognized musician and songwriter. The All Music Guide called his music “pure poetry.” Performing Songwriter Magazine noted his “world class musicianship.” Reisler led the popular band Trapezoid for over 25 years. Kid Pan Alley is a children’s songwriting project which inspires children to be creators of their own music. Reisler has written over 1700 songs with over 30,000 children. Some of the songs have been recorded by artists such as Amy Grant, Sissy Spacek, Cracker and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Reisler has performed in over 3000 concerts and recorded nearly three dozen albums.
Howard Levy’s music adventures include journeys into jazz, pop, rock, world music Latin, classical, folk, blues, country, theatre and film. He has appeared on hundreds of CDs, won a Grammy for his work with the Flecktones and is universally recognized as “the world’s most advanced diatonic harmonica player.” Levy is also an accomplished pianist and composer.
Amy Speace is a singer/songwriter and actress out of New York City. Besides an active career in theatre, film and television, she tours the country performing solo and with her band. After a performance at the SXSW Music Festival, Speace was signed by Judy Collins for her Wildflower label. Her debut for CD, Songs for Bright Street, was praised by critics in both America and Europe.
For 17 years, Joe Craven was the highly respected multi-instrumentalist with the David Grisman Quintet. He held the challenging post as Grisman’s percussionist, fiddler—and sometimes traded licks on the mandolin with Grisman—all within the same tune.
The June 1st concert at WTA’s Gateway is supported by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and local sponsors.
Tickets for Paul Reisler and A Thousand Questions are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. They may be purchased online or reserved by calling the box office at 540-943-9999. Remaining tickets will be available the night of performance.