By Andi Bourne

Improv and Fast Hands Took Center Stage


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

The Valnior Quartet introduced the audience to gypsy jazz, a foot stopping, fast moving hybrid of European Gypsy music and jazz.

SEELEY LAKE – The Valinor Quartet brought a cultural music explosion to the Seeley-Swan High School auditorium Sunday, Feb. 25 as part of the 2 Valleys Stage 2017-2018 Concert Series. The acoustic quartet intertwined their diverse cultural backgrounds hailing from Russia, Spain, Chicago and Czech Republic into a unique hybrid of jazz, classical, blue grass and popular songs. They had the nearly 50 in attendance clapping, chanting and taping their toes.

To set the tone of the concert, bass player Greg Feingold said that much of the music they play is improvised. "Clap loudly and clap often...

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