Fiddle TV Presents
Illuminating, celebrating and appreciating folk, bluegrass, old-time, jazz, swing and Americana music created by young people throughout the nation.
Petals Of Spain
There's nothing better than a(n) in-the-pocket rhythm section, but when you add 4-5 part vocals, a one-man horn section, intricate melodies, and an uncompromised drive for originality you'll feel Petals of Spain.
On venturing on this musical puzzle started, the pieces fit together snugly. The fusion and functionality of the band was immediate.
With a debut show coming in December 2008 at Hodi's Half Note, Petals slammed a show together with two weeks of practice, realizing they were embarking on something truly special. The show was a great celebration, and they continued celebrating accordingly.
Lead vocalists Hunter and Nic met over a McDonald's lunch in London in 2001, but weren't reacquainted until 2004 when they worked on their first song together "Rooftop Serenade."
Wesley, George, and Nic met at Denver School of the Arts where they attended high school. All different majors, it was jazz that initially brought them together. Jazz to this day remains to be a big influence for all members.
When it came time to bring the band together the only thing missing was a bassist. Here's where you have to appreciate open jam's, because Wes had recently met a 'tasty funk player'; Mason Shelmire. Hesitant at first, the band's first apartment jam proved very successful. They now had a foundation and could hit the ground running.
Though this crucial economic time is not the most ideal to start a band, there's nothing that pushes the band to pursue performing than human connection. "Human connection can water any seed." What better a place than Denver to develop those connections?
Support from friends/family, and every individual whose musical minds are touched is what keeps Petals pushing through. .."Audience connection is everything, and we are excited for a world audience..."
Working on building their library, Petals of Spain has a mismatch of recordings from different studios. Despite the different soundscapes the response has been consistent. Eager to get into the studio and experiment with more of their songs, each member is actively writing as well as attending school.
Without an encumbering genre, Petals of Spain is a musical melting pot. "Using a positive approach, each song is its own. We don't limit ourselves by any means, and strive to do what's right for each song."
The world should be ready for an ear-full of flavor from every bite from the Petals melting pot, and eager at least for a sample. Their energy will have you dancing before the songs over, while their tight and complex vocal harmonies hit all the right hair follicles.
Inspired by The Beatles, PofS isn't sure what the future holds but they have high aspirations. With almost two albums worth of recording ready to be taken into the studio, each member is currently writing and maintaining the standard they've set.
National Fiddle Champion & Fiddler- Concrete Cowboys
Before she opened her eyes or learned to talk, music was a part of her life. Maybe she fell in love with fiddling before she was born, the day her mother, eight months pregnant with her, competed in a fiddling contest. Aarun was taught suzuki violin at the age of 2, and never stopped learning! At 4 years old, Aarun won the Colorado State Small Fry Division. Soon after, she won an award for the “youngest fiddler” at the National Old Time Fiddlers Contest.
Aarun has studied under many award winning fiddlers including Wes Wesmoreland, Randy Elmore, Lisa Barrett, Joey McKenzie and Jimmie Don Bates, as well as studying commercial music at South Plains College under the tutelage of Joe Carr (of the Country Gazette) and Cary Banks (of the Maines Brothers Band).
Along with her 5 Colorado State champion titles, Aarun has recently been awarded the title of 2011 National Young Adult Champion at the National Old Time Fiddlers Contest in Weiser, ID.
Aarun is currently living in Vancouver, WA where she plays with The Concrete Cowboys, operates the graphic design company Innovative Formations, and is the founder and executive producer of the music documentary production company “Fiddle TV,” in addition to touring with various bands and doing studio projects such as recording 59 fiddle songs to accompany the instructional Mel Bay book entitled “Anthology of Contest Fiddle Tunes.”
Jonathan Trawick grew up in the Ozark hills, floating the rivers, trapping fish, camping on the riverbanks, feeling the cool spring breeze on his arms and listening to the fiddle music his Grandpa passed on to his Dad. It wasn't until his days in college that he realized his passion for music and began playing the very music his Grandpa had loved. To date, his musical career has included working with many legendary fiddle players including 7 time World Champion and National Heritage Fellow, Jim "Texas Shorty" Chancellor, Texas Fiddle Hall of Fame Member, Dale Morris, Jr. who currently plays with Ray Price as well as the Texas Playboys, Canadian legend and Grand North American Fiddle Champion, Calvin Vollrath, World Champion and member of the Sons of the Pioneers, Ricky Boen, 6 time National Champion, Megan Lynch, April Verch, 3 time Grand Master Fiddle Champion, Matthew Hartz, Junior Marriott and more. Locally, he freelances and plays in several settings. You may catch him backing fiddlers at fiddle contests and jams, or performing intimate acoustic roots shows across the nation. Can you feel the warmth of the campfire yet? If you close your eyes while you listen, you may even be able to smell the wood burning and the creek rising....