Harpeth Rising to take the stage in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD – Louisville-based trio Harpeth Rising will be in concert at the Fairfield Community Arts Center as part of the popular cabaret-style “Wine, Women & Song” series Friday, March 20 at 8 p.m.

We caught up Harpeth Rising’s Jordana Greenberg in a recent phone interview to talk about the show and to give us a preview of Harpeth Rising’s forthcoming album “Shifted,” which is set to release on July 1.

“We present a pretty wide variety of music in our live shows. The majority of what we do is original music. We like to think of it as ‘chambergrass’ or ‘chamberfolk.’ It’s kind of a mix between our classical training and background to what we do now, which is folk and Americana,” said Jordana Greenberg.

The all-female act, comprised of Greenberg, Rebecca Reed-Lunn and Maria Di Meglio, met while studying classical music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and they continue to be driven by diverse musical styles.

“Our music is definitely driven by the folk music sensibility and lyric, and lots of three-part harmonies, but there is a chamber music aspect to it, a feeling of it, with the way we communicate on stage and perform together,” Greenberg said.

Since the group’s formation in 2009, they have continued to build a reputation for breaking down musical boundaries with their virtuosic instrumentals, which includes a banjo and a fiddle, mixed with cello and percussion.

Shortly after forming, the band moved to Nashville and were voted ‘Best Local Band’ by The Tennessean. The group has toured nationally and internationally over the past four years.

Greenburg said audiences will get to hear some of the new songs from “Shifted” during the concert.

“We are going to be performing a lot of the music off of that album, so audiences will get to hear the direction we are going,” she said. “This is an album that we feel really accurately represents where we are in our lives right now, musically and personally. It’s very much a reflection of our observations and relationships to the world around us.”

The band has five independently-released albums to their credit, including a live project “Live at The Dreaming Tree.” In addition to extensive touring, Greenberg says, they have been spending time writing and recording for “Shifted.”

“Where we feel we are, is just enjoying the constant transitions. We are writing a lot of music right now, and exploring our own sound in a sense, and a lot of things are changing very quickly, but we are embracing it and enjoying every aspect of that,” she said. “We are traveling all of the time, playing up to 150 shows a year, and we are meeting incredible people everywhere we go, who change our perspective on things.”

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