To Billboard magazine she is "a sensation" and according to the New York Times, Eileen Ivers is "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin." Ask Eileen and she'll describe what she plays as fiddle, having been nine times named All-Ireland Fiddle Champion. No matter, as in either style, she will certainly change the way you think about the instrument. Eileen Ivers grew up in the culturally diverse neighborhood of the Bronx, NY and became intrigued by the multicultural mix that soundtracked her childhood. Her own artistic journey showcases how Irish music has integrated with other ethnic traditions as she creates the rhythmic and melodic cross-fertilization of Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul. Here are 20 Questions for...Eileen Ivers.
1. Earliest music memory.
2. First instrument.
3. Favorite albums in your collection. Do you have a top ten?
4. Apart from your own shows, do you attend live gigs? Where?
5. Major live music experience (artist, venue, whatever).
6. Musical hero you'd most like to meet.
7. Emerging artist(s) to grab your attention lately.
8. Surprise us - other music genres you're drawn to.
9. And those you avoid.
10. Guilty musical pleasures.
11. Album title you wish you'd thought of first.
12. Best way to discover new music.
13. Do you watch music DVDs?
15. Your all-time any-genre dream band line-up would include:
16. Your music: are you currently working on something in the studio?
17. Your shows: upcoming gig/festival you're most excited about:
18. Your shows: all-time favorite festival/performance.
I still get chills when I look back on a performance we did with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in D.C. During one of the medleys, I asked my father-in-law, Barney Mulligan, to recite his poem, "My American Wake‚" which tells of the leaving of one's beloved homeland. It really impacted me to see this wonderful 85 year old family member share his honest story in this magnificent hall to cheers from the crowd.
19. What might you be doing today if you hadn't become a musician?
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