Passim Monday Discovery Series w/ Monique Clare and Monica de Vitry & Jordan Rast

June 05, 2017 8PM
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Cello-wielding songstress, Monique Clare hails from the foothills of Mount Coot-tha and delivers raw, eclectic folk fusion. Between ongoing explorations into music traditions from Scotland, Sweden, and the USA, a classical cello degree, a Gregorian Chant-infused upbringing and a Radiohead obsession, her songs are a melting pot of influences. Gripping vocal lines are woven between earthy cello tones, born out of old traditions but injected with fresh, unconventional ideas. As the 2017 Folk Alliance Australia Youth Artist of the Year, she will be releasing a debut EP and performing shows and festivals around Australia in the coming year.

In 2016, Monique spent three months immersing herself in folk traditions in America, thanks to grants from the Australia Council and Queensland Government. She has gained a reputation as one of the nation’s most exciting emerging folk cellists, having performed across Australia at events such as Woodford and the National Folk Festival. She has worked as a session player for Hanneke Cassel (USA), The String Contingent, the Viola Cloning Project and will be appearing in Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings (USA) when he tours in 2018. With The String Contingent she toured to Afghanistan, to teach at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and perform at various UN compounds, embassies, the Kabul University and a girls orphanage. She is a passionate educator, and teaches at the Sunshine Fiddle Camp and Alasdair Fraser’s Stringmania camp. Having been a member of folk outfit The Mulberry Collective and award-winning duo Rhiannon & Monique, she is now embarking on a solo project which has already gained national recognition through the FAA Youth Award. She is a finalist in the QUBE Effect awards has plans to release a full-length debut album of original songs in early 2018.


Jordan Rast is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist based out of West Philadelphia, PA. Originally trained in Suzuki violin, Jordan quickly departed classical music in favor of songwriting and the fiddle. He has enjoyed success as a songwriter, winning the Appalachian String Band Music Festival’s original neo-traditional song award 3 times (2011, 2013, and 2016) as well as releasing 3 solo albums composed entirely of original material (DreamDays, 2007; Fractured Love, 2011; Cowboy Money, 2015). He is also an accomplished old time fiddler, and recently received second place in the FreshGrass Fiddle Awards in 2016. In the past, Jordan has been a leading member of a number of bands including Old Time Liberation Front (along with Monica de Vitry) and Second Hand Suits. His current projects include the folk duo “Monica de Vitry & Jordan Rast,” as well as playing guitar and fiddle with the “Joe Hillman Band.” When Jordan is not playing music, he is pursuing a career in psychology. He received his M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Villanova University in May of 2017.


Monica de Vitry multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter based out of Lancaster, PA. A classically trained cellist and a self-taught guitarist, bassist, and vocalist, Monica spent time studying Cello Performance at Berklee College of Music and teaching cello at Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, MA. While at Berklee, she was recognized for her songwriting in the Songs for Social Change Contest. An ever curious and intuitive spirit, Monica decided to leave the formal music training behind and continue to follow her heart path... She spent some time focusing on Studio Art, completed Yoga Teacher Trainings in Costa Rica, and just finished an Art Education degree so that she can now bring her passion for the Arts to students K-12. She is happy to be living back in her hometown of Lancaster, PA where she plays the local gig circuit and teaches music, yoga, and art.



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