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Carlile, Brown to perform collaboration at the GBPAC

Published: Monday, October 11, 2010

Updated: Monday, October 11, 2010 12:10

The University of Northern Iowa Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center will bring together celebrated artists Brandi Carlile and Iowa native Pieta Brown with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony for the Fall Pops Concert on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Carlile, a prominent singer/songwriter, has gained acclaim from industry professionals and drawn a wide fan base. Her music has been featured on television shows such as "Grey's Anatomy."

Pieta Brown is the daughter of renowned folk artist Greg Brown. Her most recent album, "One and All," showcases a myriad of different emotions and tempos, with the dissonance being something that Brown attributes to "daily life."

Carlile, performing with her own musicians, will be supported by the symphony, with the collaboration amplifying the sound. The symphony, under the direction of former UNI faculty member Jason Weinberger, will be performing transposed versions of Brown's songs. Brown is ready for the collaboration.

"I'm genuinely very excited to play some of my songs with the symphony," Brown said. "I can remember walking along the street as a girl being able to hear a whole symphony in my head. But I never developed the compositional tools to realize any of that. So to have the arrangers involved and all of the musicians is a thrill."

Brown pays homage to her upbringing in her music, and routinely tours throughout Iowa. She transcends typical notions of folk music in a unrelenting pulse coupled with a vibrant, wise and youthful voice.

"I'm a songwriter, musician and artist living in the Midwest," Brown said. "The land makes its way through the songs and the music and hopefully we'll all be able to feel that."

In regards to the results of the musical collaboration, Brown hopes that there "will be a cool layer of Iowa in there."

"A song can simultaneously ground you in the moment and transport you," Brown said. "How cool is that?"


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