Music to soothe the soul & stir the spirit – evocative, cinematic piano w/rousing violin & soulful guitar.
Local dynamic duo Josie Quick on violin and Tom Carleno on guitar (Perpetual Motion) have invited internationally-known pianist and composer Rachel LaFond into town for a rare Denver appearance! This is your opportunity to join them for a unique and special evening of rousing and soul-stirring original instrumental music – these three composer-performers will take you on an epic musical journey, ranging from Rachel’s cinematic, emotionally-moving piano music to Tom & Josie’s genre-bending, foot-tapping originals to rousing tunes performed by all three artists.
This is a name-your-own-price, ‘gift ‘-based event. That means you’ll register to attend on Eventbrite, where there will be no cost. At the event, there will be an opportunity to make a gift to the artists via cash or Venmo. A good place to start might be $25 per attendee. We are choosing this type of ticketing for this special event because we would never want cost to be a reason someone couldn’t enjoy the music and meet the artists. On the other hand, Rachel, Tom, and Josie create and perform music for a living, so if you are able and moved to, please consider contributing the suggested amount or even higher. Just know that we are delighted to have you join us any which way!
Songbooks and CDs will also be available for sale, and the artists will be more than happy to autograph them for you.
About Perpetual Motion:
Exploring different styles of music keeps Perpetual Motion’s compositions fresh and exciting. For guitarist Tom Carleno and violinist Josie Quick, everything is an inspiration. Together, they create a captivating musical experience that transcends genres. Perpetual Motion’s repertoire blends elements of classical, jazz, rock, world music, and more. Josie Quick’s dynamic playing blends the fiery passion of jazz with world music’s soul. Tom Carleno’s guitar combines jazz, rock, and world music elements. An accomplished guitarist with a diverse musical background, he creates a rich and textured backdrop for Josie’s melodies. Together, Josie Quick and Tom Carleno form a captivating musical partnership. Seamless improvisation, intricate harmonies, and a genuine musical connection mark their performances. They create an immersive and exhilarating experience for both themselves and their audiences. Perpetual Motion burst on the scene in 2014 with the release Perfect Imperfection. The disc won the Zone Music Reporter Best Instrumental-Acoustic award. Since then, the duo has received many citations, including Best Jazz in the 2020 Peace Song Awards.
A colorful life makes for colorful music.
Rachel LaFond is a composer and pianist living in Austin, Texas, with roots in Seattle and New Zealand. You can find Rachel hanging from the heights on a trapeze bar, deep in creative thought in her home recording studio, and even swing dancing on a historic Austin dancefloor. Or you may have to look a bit further afield for her, traveling the world in search of the best scuba diving spots, trekking into the wilderness for a taste of untouched beauty, and turning up new friends everywhere. But she will always return home to her piano to work her magic, transforming it into music. Rachel combines a technically proficient approach to composition with an intuitive ability to draw in the listener and convey profound emotion. Her creative range reflects her enthusiasm for new experiences: achingly introspective, whimsical and spooky, gut-wrenchingly powerful, her solo piano catalog covers it all and more. She’s even branched out from solo piano into epic symphonic electronica piano (Lost in the Azure), and angelic a cappella vocals. With a strong musical foundation and a zest for adventure, Rachel is forging a unique path as a composer, recording artist, and all-around creative human.
One of Rachel’s most ambitious ideas came to fruition in 2019-2020 with The 52. She released new music every week for a year, designing distinctive artwork for each track. Her career as a recording artist began in 2017 with the release of Wandering Soul – musical snapshots from a year spent backpacking around the world. She composed Encounters of the Beautiful Kind about the challenges and delights of living as an expat in New Zealand, and her Halloween album, Well Past Midnight, came about as a playful response to literally everyone telling her to write “holiday music”. Rachel has experienced many sides of the piano: she’s the daughter of a piano teacher, a former piano teacher herself, studied piano performance as a teenager in Vienna, and earned a music degree at the University of Washington. She grew up adoring David Lanz songbooks and discovered Ludovico Einaudi‘s music in her twenties, which inspired a deep love for passionate, contemporary piano music.
In addition to writing and releasing music, Rachel relishes touring and live performances. Audiences rave about her captivating stage presence and deeply intimate emotional style at the piano. Past performances have ranged from playing on the main stage of a cruise ship (Audiosyncracy at Sea 2019) to inviting the public into her home for a more intimate concert – the best “seat” in the house is lying underneath her Yamaha C7!
Rachel’s always working on new projects, and she loves collaborating with other musicians and artists. Keep an eye out for what’s coming next, because this musical firecracker is far from done!
**Please note: this is a donation-based (name-your-own-price) event, cash and Venmo will be accepted at the concert**