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Gaelynn Lea with Strings Attached

  • The Gottschalk Music Center Recital Hall 1502 E Street Modesto, CA, 95354 United States (map)


Gaelynn Lea

Gaelynn Lea

Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been enchanting scores of fans with her haunting original songs and experimental takes on traditional fiddle music. Her work most recently won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, a competition drawing submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country.

Lea's style is rooted in classical, Celtic and traditional folk music. With the use of looping pedals Lea layers multiple orchestrated parts from an electric violin while she sings. Due to her physical stature she plays violin in the style of a cellist, which creates a unique sound: in this stance, her bow strikes the lower strings first (as they do on a cello), in contrast to most violinists for whom the bow strikes the highest string first.

 "The song [Watch The Worl Unfold] draws its power from the tension between a young person’s optimistic plans and the obstacles that life throws in the way of those hopes, a conflict reinforced by the paradox of the sunny, childlike vocal melody and the cloudy, ominous swirl of violin harmony." Geoffrey Himes-Paste Magazine


Carol Ann and Chase met in the beautiful mountainsides of Colorado while studying cello and piano performance at the University of Northern Colorado. While traveling, they were charmed by the vineyards of northern California and found a new home in Lodi after graduating.

             Strings Attached was naturally formed through their love of music and composition. This extraordinary piano and cello duet play classical, pop, and jazz re-imagined in both original compositions and classics. Chase and Carol Ann interact with the audience through charming performance and educational story-telling. Their music often features a modern sound with the use of sampled beats and looped electric cello.

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