Chicago’s premier Irish Fiddler, Liz Carroll is joined by guitarist Jake Charon, and Lansing’s own dance phenom Nic Gareiss.
“Brilliant…She does more than run through her fingertwisting reels and sustained slow airs. Carroll – and her listeners – continually rediscover each melody.” -The New York Times
“A show-stopper…the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene. The nimble Gareiss called forth visions of Fred Astaire.” – Daniel Gewertz, The Boston Herald
Liz Carroll was born in Chicago of Irish parents. She’s a junior and senior All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, and has toured as a solo artist and with the Greenfields of America, Trian, String Sisters, and as part of the duo Liz Carroll & John Doyle. She’s featured on eleven albums and has appeared on many more.
Liz is a recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship Award (1994). In 2010 she became the first Irish-American musician nominated for a Grammy. In 2011 she became the first American-born composer honored with the Cumadóir TG4, Ireland’s most significant traditional music prize.
Nic Gareiss is a performer, teacher and researcher examining the cultural employment of the human body as a musical instrument. His work re-imagines aesthetic movement as a musical activity, morphing dance into a medium that appeals to both the eyes and the ears.
An enduring fascination with dance practices that create audible foot rhythm and the remarkable concurrent existence of percussive dance in so many disparate cultures has driven Gareiss to study shoe-sounds and grooves internationally, tracing the roots of American traditional dance abroad.
Informed by 20 years of study and performance, Nic’s dancing reflects his love of improvisation, traditional footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration.