January 30, 2010
Center for the Arts
72 S. Main Street
Eileen Ivers will change the way you think about the violin.
Eileen Ivers - Nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony at The Kennedy Center, Boston Pops, musical star of Riverdance, The Chieftains, Hall and Oates, Afrocelts, Patti Smith, Paula Cole, Al Di Meola, Steve Gadd, founding member of Cherish the Ladies, performed for Presidents and Royalty worldwide, this is a short list of her accomplishments, headliners, tours and affiliations. Fiddler Eileen Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today.
It is a rare and select grade of spectacular artists whose work is so boldly imaginative and clearly virtuosic that it alters the medium. It has been said that the task of respectfully exploring the traditions and progression of the Celtic fiddle is quite literally on Eileen Ivers' shoulders. The Washington Post states, “She suggests the future of the Celtic fiddle.”
She's been called a “sensation” by Billboard magazine and “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times. “She electrifies the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing” says The Irish Times. Ivers' recording credits include over 80 contemporary and traditional albums and numerous movie scores. Her latest CD, entitled Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul continues to display why Ivers is hailed as one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and World music genres.
“The Eileen Ivers Band rocked the house everywhere it played. A beautifully inventive fiddler, Her playing a tradition-rich yet adventurous, spiced with world, jazz and pop.” - Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe
“She electrifies the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing, then she focuses her attention outwards to the audience, who shout and cheer and answer her calls in a deafening chorus.” - Mary O'Malley, The Irish Times
“Nobody does it better than Eileen Ivers. Not only does the orchestra savor her musicianship and professionalism, but, she never misses to bring a pops audience to its feet with thunderous ovations.” - Marvin Hamlisch, National Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Conductor