Sunday, August 7 at 3:00 p.m.
Location: AX Gallery
Tickets: $25 each, available online or in-person
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Although Knock’s Café is closed on Sunday, AX will have a bartender on hand to serve refreshments.
The AX Music Series is pleased to welcome classical guitarists and mandolinists Mark and Beverly Davis to the AX Gallery for a performance on Sunday, August 7. Mark and Beverly will perform music influenced by literary sources such as early English broadside ballads and the Cold Mountain poems of the 12th century Zen monk, Han Shan. They will lead the audience on a journey through stories and poetry, and the music they inspired.
Since 2001, the classical duo has performed around their native New England as well as in many international festivals, including Eurofestival Zupfmusik (Germany), Mandolines de Lunel (France), Ciudad de Cristal (Spain), FAME (Australia) and the Festival Internacional de Plectro La Rioja (Spain). With their two classical guitars and the occasional mandolin, the duo performs an original blend of music informed by early folk traditions, baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary idioms. Mark and Beverly Davis choose their pieces based on the qualities of musical interest and emotional depth; their overall focus is on the beauty of sound and the expressive capabilities of plucked strings.
Their first CD “Ayres and Dances for Two Guitars’ was a Motif Magazine nominee for ‘Best Local CD of the Year.’ The duo also performs with the Hampton Trio and the Providence Mandolin Orchestra. They are known for their North Meadow House Concerts, which have featured many rising stars of the classical guitar and mandolin world.
About the Davis Duo
Mark Davis is recognized as a leader in the field of plucked string music, known equally for his work as a guitarist, mandolinist, conductor, and educator. In the 70s and 80s he helped to establish the mandolin-guitar duo as a concert ensemble, with many recordings and tours. Works written for him include Guido Santorsola’s “Sonata a Duo No. 6”, Stephen Funk Pearson’s “Mountain Moor” and Ernst Krenek’s “Suite for mandolin and guitarre, Op. 242”. He is the director of the New American Mandolin Ensemble, has conducted the Providence Mandolin Orchestra since 1989, and performs on mandolin with The Hampton Trio.
Beverly Davis studied classical guitar with Reed Desrosier at Keene State and was a member of the Keene State Guitar Orchestra before joining the Providence Mandolin Orchestra. As President of the PMO, she arranged several international tours and cultural exchanges as well as directing the 2001 Providence International Mandolin Festival. In addition to her duo work, Beverly performs on classical guitar with the PMO, the Hampton Trio and the New American Mandolin Ensemble.
This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.