10 String Symphony
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“When each song ended, the two pressed tight into their microhphones, savoring the last strains of the harmony – and even the bartenders seemed to be leaning forward breathlessly, awaiting someone to clap first. Their self titled recording aptly demonstrates the power of a spare, tightly-connected acoustic performance that is given room to evolve – for bluegrass fans, the lightning fast harmonic runs on dueling fiddle is worth the price of admission alone. But it’s the off-road experiments, especially from Christian’s biting bow strokes that will make future audiences take note.” – The Bluegrass Situation
“My festival highlight, 10 String Symphony, had new takes on old ideas–both playing 5-string fiddles as lead instruments and trading vocals” -All Things Music, on the 2014 Auckland Folk Festival
“Thankfully, there are bands like 10 String Symphony, a taste-making duo invented by Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer, two beautifully eccentric and musically intelligent 5-string fiddle players and singers (although these are modest titles) who have completely innovated a souns, sans musical blueprint. And you’ll know them when you hear it” – Lockeland Springstein
“…Stirring together Old-Time flavors with the broader range of influences brought by an omnivorous musical appetite” – The Nashville Scene
10 String Symphony is an arena for mesmerizing acoustic innovation. Although difficult to categorize, their music is instantly recognizable as a blend of two distinct but equally vivacious musical voices, encompassing “aggressive, almost discordant, celtic and dare I say punky string-chording experimentations” (The Bluegrass Situation). Vocally, Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer (of the Jerry Douglas Band) lock in seamlessly, and their vocal duets often take center stage despite the fact that they are self-described fiddle players.