Acoustic Corner instructors present annual concert

From staff reports

For the eighth year in a row, the talented musicians at Black Mountain’s Acoustic Corner are gearing up for their annual Instructors’ Concert at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

This year’s concert, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20, brings new and familiar faces to the stage. There is a $15 donation at the door (no advanced sales or reserved seats) for this evening of eclectic musical styles. All the instructors will be there - Matt Kinne, David Zoll, Laurie Fisher, Lyndsay Pruett, Billy Presnell and Paco Shipp. For many, the concert heralds the beginning of the holiday season.

Kinne has been playing the guitar for more than 20 years. An instructor for 15 years and also the Acoustic Corner showroom manager, Kinne moves seamlessly between folk, jazz, Celtic, and rock ‘n’ roll.

Zoll also staffs the showroom at Acoustic Corner when he’s not playing a variety of music on acoustic and electric guitars. He performs with the David Zoll Trio, Zydeco and Cajun band Bayou Diesel, roots reggae group Chalwa and the Americana duo The Everydays.

Fisher is a multi-instrumentalist and fiddler for Boom Chuck and The String Beings and keyboardist with The Evil Twins. She plays music from contra, old-time, Irish, Scottish repertoire and is second violinist in the Blue Ridge Civic Orchestra and Jubilee Summer Orchestra.

Pruett has been a freelance fiddle player since graduating from Nashville’s Belmont University with a degree in commercial violin performance. She has worked in many settings, including two tours in India with Futureman & the Black Mozart Ensemble. Since moving to Asheville four years ago she has been a member of the Galen Kipar Project, Taylor Martin’s Engine the and Asheville Tango Orchestra.

Presnell is a notorious improviser and composer who studied with renowned musician Victor Wooten and has been influenced by banjoist Bela Fleck.

Shipp’s harmonica work is sought by musical greats. His 60-second harp clinics on YouTube have been viewed 100,000 times.

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is at 225 W. State St. For more, visit BlackMountainArts.org or call 669-0930.