I chatted a bit with Michelle about her third annual String Fling event. Hi Michelle. You are a member of a string quartet (called Four on the Floor) and you’re putting on your 3rd Annual String Fling event. Let’s start with the basics. What is a string quartet and what is String Fling?
A string quartet is a group of 4 string players typically two violins, viola and cello. Four on the Floor is a unique group of members from all different backgrounds of music that I brought together to collaborate with musicians of all different genres in recording and live performance. FOTF members are able to read charts, but also improvise and learn parts by ear.
String Fling is a show of basically that: a group of contemporary musicians you would never see together in a show, backed by Four on the Floor. We take their songs and make beautiful string arrangements and have them perform on top of them with vocals and guitar/piano, but sometimes without no instrument at all and strings only. String Fling is a very special, magical experience. Last year we sold out, and The Province put us in their Top 10 concerts of 2014. In the quartet, we have Stephanie Chatman (violin), Emily Bach (violin), Elliot Vaughan (viola) and myself, Michelle Faehrmann, on cello. Hannah Epperson (violin) also rotates into the quartet, and this year we’re doing a set with her songs.
During this event you are teaming up with many local indie rock musicians. Who are you teaming up with this year and how did you find them?
The incredible line up we’re so lucky to have is Jim Byrnes, Ryan Guldemond, Dominique Fricot, Hannah Epperson, Dan Moxon (Bend Sinister), Parker Bossley (Fur Trade, Gay Nineties, bassist in Mounties), Dustin Bentall and Tonye Aganaba. We have either worked with these musicians before, or just know them through working within the music industry. We also have Sean Bayntun from Facts has our house pianist, and Daniel Ruiz from Bestie as our house percussionist.
What are the event details?
String Fling is happening January 28th and 29th at The Biltmore Cabaret. It is a very unique show, and not your typical show you would see at the Biltmore. We are setting the room and stage to feel like a living room, and it will be a seated event. Seating is limited, so get there early. Tickets are $20 in advance at hipcity.ca/tickets, Red Cat or Zulu. Doors are at 7pm, Show is at 8pm. Both nights will be the same, except Dan Moxon is performing on January 28th only, and Parker Bossley is performing on January 29th only.
How about you introduce your favorite clip from last year’s event?
There were so many special moments from last year; It’s so hard to pick just one! However, a definite highlight was Tonye Aganaba performing Rihanna‘s “Diamonds.” Last year we had another top notch line up, Tonye was the underdog and she blew everyone away. We’re so excited to have her back again this year.
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