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A breath of fresh air

Posted by lgirard on February 20th 2006 to Center News

When Windy Peak takes the stage, only one thing is ever certain: you can expect the unexpected. Not surprising, coming from a group of musicians with backgrounds and training that span from classical and jazz to bluegrass and Hawaiian slack key guitar? The group will perform hourlong sets in the Arvada Center’s Lower Gallery on February 23 and 24, as part of the popular Music with a View series.

Pianist Deborah Schmidt-Lobis explains that she and her musical cohorts use their diverse musical backgrounds to their advantage in creating their unique sound, which has been variously described as eclectic folk, Appalachian or “very Americana.” Part of their distinctiveness also comes from their unusual mix of instruments and their unrestricted interpretations of the music they play. Between Schmidt- Lobis on piano, Kathleen Fagre on the dreamy yet upbeat sounding hammered dulcimer and the rousing strains from Gordon Burt on fiddle, the musical possibilities are limitless: familiar classical pieces can take on folk sensibilities, instruments can be played in the most surprising ways and you might just hear some singing from this group too.

Like many musicians in the area, the three have performed with various groups throughout the years (Burt still performs regularly with Southern Exposure, a mainstay of the Arvada Center summer concert series.) And though pairs of them have worked together previously (Burt and Schmidt-Lobis in the rock n’ roll band Upsidasium; Fagre and Schmidt-Lobis in the softer-sounding, new age group, Cordillera), the trio only came together to create Windy Peak a year and a half ago. Perhaps this explains, in part, their fresh approach to the music they play. From heart-breaking tunes to songs that make you want to get up and dance, you’ll find Windy Peak’s energy to be totally infectious when they blow into town.

Thursday & Friday, February 23 & 24, 2006
7:00 p.m., $12

To buy tickets, call the Box Office at 720-898-7200.

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