Strangely Familiar: New Music for Harp, Cello and Flute inspired by India and Indonesia
Lily Press, harp
Simon Linn-Gerstein, cello
Daniel Lemer, composer, flute
Strange Interlude (Lily on harp, Simon on cello and special guest composer and performer Daniel Lemer) kicks off the new year with some exciting new music that combines Eastern and Western classical traditions. Pieces on this program range from the music of Ravi Shankar which is very much a synthesis of Western and Indian styles to the music of Jacques Charpentier which is a Western take on an Carnatic classical style. The concert will include the premiere of a new work written for Strange Interlude by Daniel Lemer, who incorporates aspects of Indonesian gamelan music into a work for harp and cello.

Currently based in the Los Angeles area, Strange Interlude was founded by harpist Lily Press and cellist Simon Linn-Gerstein who have been performing as a harp and cello duo since 2007. As both a duo and larger ensemble Press and Linn-Gerstein design intimate salon-style concerts with programs that are carefully curated to include seldom-performed works, pieces by contemporary composers and transcriptions and arrangements for their unique instrumentation.

Strange Interlude’s performances combine their love of chamber music with their passion for crafting non-traditional concert experiences that incorporate story-telling to bring the audience further inside the works they play and the technical, artistic and personal process of making a piece of music come alive.

Strange Interlude has performed as part of the Advent Library Chamber Series, the Nave Music Series, the Salem Arts Festival, the Candlelight Concert Series and at Spectrum NYC and has also created music for performances by Monkeyhouse, a Boston-based dance company, and for the Dance Department at Endicott College.