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Sunset Sessions: Lydia Bain
August 16, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC-6
Lydia Bain is a multifaceted artist. At the age of 4, she began her studies on the violin. She grew up in a very musical household where her mother, Judy Bain, was the director of Boreum Hill Talent education, a music school that was run out of their brownstone in Brooklyn, NY. A few years after her father, singer/songwriter, David Bain, passed away, she and her mother moved to Jackson, MS to be closer to family. At age 11, she began performing with local and touring musicians in venues around the state. She would sit in at every opportunity on violin (fiddle) and vocals, cultivating her own approach to improvisation. Her musical influences are a wide range of artists and genres, but growing up Mississippi, it always goes back to the Blues.
Throughout the years she has written poetry created visual art, danced and ice skated. After high school she went on to study Violin Performance at the University of Memphis with master pedagogue, Soh-Hyun Park. It was here that she played everything from Classical, Blues, Jazz, World Music, and Rock n Roll. She was featured soloist and vocalist in the university jazz combos and at local Memphis venues, in addition to playing in orchestra and singing for Opera Masterclasses.
After receiving her bachelors, Lydia made her way to Pittsburgh, PA, where she attended Duquesne University for their conservatory program. She then began her Masters of Fine Arts (violin performance) Candidacy. It was in this city, that she explored her love for Jazz music. She was mentored by the jazz community and performed with many accomplished artists at that time. John Hughes, a pianist who toured with Billie Holiday, was a very influential mentor at the time. In 2012 she met fellow musician Barrett Black, and they began their original Afro-Country outfit called Wink and the Signal. Their creation of the genre termed “Afro-Country” was to highlight the cross pollination of rhythms and melodies from all over the world, in a homegrown, original, style that brought people together from all different backgrounds.
After having traveled the country extensively, and landing in Aspen, Colorado, for a good stint, Lydia is embarking on a journey, in an effort to form new collaborations and work on her Solo project. She will be spending time in between Nashville, Los Angeles, New York, and other parts of the world, to further develop her artistry and brand. She is known for her soulful vocals, rock n roll flare and eye-catching instruments. You will see her entertaining audiences worldwide.
Sunset Sessions will be performed in the newly remodeled Wheeler Bar Lobby stage—one of the best places to watch the sun set behind Aspen Mountain. The bar opens at 7:00 p.m. and all performances begin at 8:00 p.m. As a first year special, Sunset Sessions events will be FREE to the public. Limited advance seating reservations will be accepted one week prior to event date. Call or stop by the box office. Advance reservation seats must be claimed by 7:30 p.m. or will be released.