On Sunday, the Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society will present the group MuZette in a concert to be held in the ballroom of the historic Dills Tavern.
Comprised of the husband and wife team, Tom and Laurie Reese, MuZette has a unique sound that draws from the couple’s varied influences. Cello, flute and other wind instruments, such as the pennywhistle and the ocarina, will be featured during the performance that starts at 2 p.m. at the tavern, located at 227 N. Baltimore St., in Dillsburg.
Tom and Laurie Reese began performing together in 1990, and since then have developed a repertoire that they call “folk fusion,” which pulls together elements of classical, jazz, Celtic and folk music. Both are very talented musicians, and the group’s creative arrangements make even well known songs sound fresh and new. When describing their ensemble, the couple encourages audiences to “imagine JS Bach jamming out with Jethro Tull, and then add Miles Davis and Turlough O’Carolan.”
Tom is an award-winning composer whose background is steeped in jazz and improvisation. A captivating performer, Tom’s playing flows effortlessly from beautiful melody lines to whimsical riffs. His music has been heard on radio stations all over the world, and as a solo musician, he has opened or performed with Bela Fleck, Gaelic Storm, Grey Eye Glances, Valery Ponomarev & Nick Brignola and others. He currently conducts The New Society Orchestra, a youth pops orchestra.
Laurie is a classically trained cellist who has performed throughout the United States and Europe in orchestras, as a concerto soloist and in chamber groups. Delving into wide ranging styles of music has allowed her to take the cello “beyond classical music.”
She has played in many non-classical groups including Abigail’s Garden, Susquehanna, Wyndfall, Gypsophilia, Ira Sullivan and Strings Attached, Harmony Hill and others. An active educator, she has taught at Lebanon Valley, Messiah, and F&M colleges, and has been an artist in residence with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She currently maintains a studio in Lancaster.
MuZette has produced several award-winning CDs, including “An Early Snow,” which was released in 2004 and an earlier CD, “Opus O’Carolan.” On their recordings, the duo collaborates with an exciting group of musicians, including The Reese Project (jazz), Susquehanna (classical) and Wyndfall (folk & folk rock music). MuZette also performs regularly at Bube’s Brewery in Mount Joy.