Randy Sabien and the Fiddlehead Band to perform

February 26, 2015
Randy Sabien

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Center for the Arts will present “Randy Sabien and the Fiddlehead Band” on Saturday, March 7, in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall at 7 p.m. It will be the final performance of the 2014-15 Performing Arts Series.

From Sabien’s classical violin youth to a professional career spanning four decades, he has been a favorite guest of “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Austin City Limits” and has toured the world playing in different styles and with many music greats, from Béla Fleck to Greg Brown.

Although Sabien’s musical aspirations began by studying classical violin, his direction changed when he discovered he could play jazz on the violin. He focused on the music of the swing era and began teaching himself to play along with records of his favorite jazz artists. During this time, he also continued to appreciate the music of his own generation, the 60s and 70s, which led to renditions of tunes by the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers and others.

Sabien’s own compositions developed as jazz for violin. His first album, “In a Fog” (1983), received positive reviews from Downbeat, JazzTimes, Billboard and others. In his latest release, “Rhythm and Bows” (2008), Sabien assembled a new band, the Fiddlehead Band, featuring three violins. Inspired by the 1930s Western swing music of Bob Wills, Sabien plugged the idea of multiple fiddles into be-bop, blues-rock and more. Fueled by a four-piece rhythm section, the band pays homage to the history of America Roots string playing while stretching beyond contemporary conventions.

As an educator, Sabien founded and chaired the strings departments at Berklee College of Music (1978) and McNally Smith College of Music (2009), while his teaching savvy has served students of all ages as artist in residence in communities spanning 19 states, Canada and Europe. Sabien recently coauthored Jazz Philharmonic (Alfred Publishing), an exploration of jazz methods for string orchestras.

“Randy will have the audience bobbing their heads and tapping their toes,” said Michael Breitner, director of arts facilities and series at UW-Platteville. “His fun, upbeat style is the perfect way to end the 2014-15 series.”

Tickets for the event are $25 for general admission, $23 for seniors 62 and over, $13 for children under 18, and $19 for UW-Platteville students with current ID.

Tickets are available through the University Box Office, located in the lower level of Ullsvik Hall. Phone orders can be made by calling toll free at 877-727-1CFA. Tickets are also available through the Online Box Office at tickets.uwplatt.edu.

Formatted by: Laurie A. Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu


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