~~ FOLK FUSION ~~ Since 1990, the husband & wife team of Tom & Laurie Reese have fused their diverse backgrounds into a unique style. Their eclectic style combines elements of classical, jazz, celtic & folk music TO create a new sound. A high level of musicianship combines with a strong creative urge, and Muzette takes flight into musical fantasy. This combination of an award-winning composer & a classically trained cellist engages audiences of all ages. Their repertoire includes standards in all these fields in addition to originals. They have also produced several award-winning CD's of original music. Tom & Laurie have performed concerts for young & old alike. They have played in New York City, Canada, Kansas City, Tulsa, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Florida & others. They have been invited back to most places they play (including clubs in NYC & Canada). As part of the PA Council on the Arts, they go into schools for up to ten days, teaching music, building instruments, and giving concerts & assemblies. They have received outstanding marks on evaluations for their work in the schools. Improvisation is a key to their performances. Tom's background is jazz; Laurie has a master's degree in classical cello performance. Combining their different musical backgrounds has led to a wide circle of performance opportunities. Traditional Irish & celtic tunes proved to be the meeting ground between Tom's jazz experience and Laurie's classical training. They developed this love into Wyndfall, playing traditional celtic music, and branching into folk rock & rock. Not wanting to abandon their individual musical roots, however, Tom & Laurie each pursued their own voices. This led to the creation of several more ensembles, in each style. Each ensemble is unique, performing originals written for the group as well as traditional music in their field. They have surrounded themselves with an exciting group of musicians. These additional musical collaborations include jazz (The Reese Project), classical (Susquehanna) & folk music (Wyndfall).
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