In March, Magill assembled the Brazilian musicians for a premiere in Rio de Janeiro. Staged at the city’s culturally important Casa do Choro, the performance was “a celebration of the project, and of the people who have been a part of my story in Brazil, both musical and otherwise,” he says.
While Magill is open to many styles of music, something about choro immediately struck him. “When I was in West Africa, I’d be listening to polyrhythms and think, ‘What the hell is going on?’ Initially, I just couldn’t get it,” he says. “But with choro, I thought, ‘Yeah, I get this. Even if I can’t play it, I kind of know how it works.’”
Andrew Finn Magill’s early influences and trajectory as a violinist are represented on a two-album concept project, Roots and Branches. He holds an album release show at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Friday, July 8.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features the recording projects of two local music acts — fiddler Andrew Finn Magill and roots trio Redleg Husky.