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9 Horses


Saturday, September 12th at 7:30pm

9 Horses' fusion of classical, jazz, and Americana styles is a distillation of their separate influences into one unique voice.  The trio, comprised of Joe Brent (mandolin), Sara Caswell (violin) and Shawn Conley (bass), all leading lights on their own instruments, create a unique and gorgeous blend of instrument virtuosity. All three hail from a classical background, but Brent's indie-pop sensibility, combined with Caswell's jazz-inspired lyricism and Conley's extraordinary skill, taken together are a breathtaking display of color, melody, and rhythmic drive.

9 Horses come to Brandon Music as part of their New England tour celebrating the release of the trio's album ‘Perfectest Herald' (Sunnyside Records). 

“Sometimes, it takes a while to find your voice”, says Brent. “But when you do, you don't whisper. You fill your lungs with it and shout it to the world – This is the best part of me, and I want to share it with you, all of you, right now. ” He says, “ together we're able to create something that feels just right. You don't often get to be a part of something this extraordinary, this original, this personal . When you do, you'll do anything to see it grow and flourish.”

Joe Brent was a member of pop sensation Regina Spektor's touring ensemble, and has performed and recorded with Woody Allen, Jewel, Gary Smulyan, and Stephane Grappelli. Simultaneously, he has maintained a career in classical music, having performed as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, The Boston Symphony, and countless others. Music journalist Don von Schrilz said, “There has probably never been a mandolin player with better technical skills, and he matches that with an enthusiasm for every imaginable role a mandolin can fulfill.”

Sara Caswell , recognized as a “Rising Star” in both the 2013 and 2014 DownBeat Magazine Critics and Readers Polls and featured on the cover of the September 2014 issue of Strings Magazine, regularly performs with her two groups (the Sara Caswell Quartet and the Caswell Sisters Quintet), as well as clarinetist David Krakauer's The Big Picture, Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Roseanna Vitro, and cellist Jody Redhage's Rose & the Nightingale. She has toured extensively with Grammy winners bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding and violinist Mark O'Connor, soloed numerous times in Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, and performed and/or recorded with many artists including Kishi Bashi, Regina Carter, Jenny Scheinman, Fred Hersch, Alan Ferber, Fabian Almazan, Nadje Noordhuis, Gene Bertoncini, and Skitch Henderson.

Shawn Conley  frequently performs with The Knights and Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. In 2009 he was the winner of the International Society of Bassists Scott LaFaro Jazz competition. He studied at Rice University with Paul Ellison and won a Wagoner fellowship to study in Paris with legendary bassist and pedagogue François Rabbath, earning both performance and teaching diplomas. Shawn has attended many prestigious summer festivals including The Tanglewood Music Center, The Henry Mancini Institute and Domaine Forget Academy.

Tickets are $20 with a pre-concert dinner also available for $20. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.


Phone: 802-247-4295