Ari and Mia Friedman
Ari & Mia are a sister duet who perform with a guitarist accompanist. Ari & Mia have beautiful harmonies, picking, and bowing. They explore the traditions of Southern Appalachia, Northeastern fiddle music, and the realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their CD “Unruly Heart”, reached #2 at folk radio last year, and they recently received a rave review in SingOut! magazine. They are touring across the country.
Ariel Friedman, a classically trained cellist from the Boston area, is one of few musicians to be challenging the boundaries of cello-playing. She performs, tours, and records with Scottish National Fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel, was a member of the Boston-based trad band, Long Time Courting, and plays with New England’s highly acclaimed fiddle band Childsplay. Mia Friedman is an energetic and eclectic fiddler, singer and banjo player. She won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the Folk category.
Ari & Mia’s “intricate arrangements, soaring harmonies, infectious grooves and intuitive improvisations combine an old-time sensibility with a truly adventurous spirit,” says Hankus Netsky of New England Conservatory. Featured guests on “Unruly Heart” include Grammy-nominated Sarah Jarosz, fiddler extraordinaire Eden MacAdam-Somer of the band Notorious, Rebecca Wudarski and Owen Marshall on guitar, Ben Krakauer on banjo, and Ari and Mia’s sister, Shoshana Friedman. Their music is all at once driving, uplifting and moving.