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OSCILLATIONS: Grant Wallace Band, Andy Costello

Grant Wallace Band plays surrealist folk tales in three-part harmony. Composing through a uniquely collaborative process, Ben Hjertmann (voice), Chris Fisher-Lochhead (viola), and Luke Gullickson (piano) draw inspiration from outsider artists including the band’s namesake. The New York Times described their music as “spidery original bluegrass songs, featuring ambiguous harmonies and high-lonesome yelps," and Time Out Chicago opined, "If Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt had gone on a triple-date with John Fahey, Dock Boggs and Bill Monroe to an Anton Webern concert, you'd be somewhere in the neighborhood of Grant Wallace Band."

For the performance at Oscillations, GWB will perform music from their upcoming debut album, Axle of the World (with Rabbit), alongside projections of some of the art that has inspired their music and lyrics. Among the outsider artists that have figured in their band mythology are Charles Steffen, Eugene von Bruenchenhein, Von Ströpp, Neter, and their namesake Grant Wallace.

Often described by fellow musicians as “unlike anyone I’ve ever met,” and by Innovations en Concert as “completely unique on the Montreal scene, and perhaps the world over,” Andy Costello has quickly established himself as a musician of versatility, creativity, originality and imagination. He is active as a soloist, chamber musician, collaborative pianist, and masterclass clinician in North America. Dedicated to the music of our time, Andy has collaborated personally with over 40 composers in the past two seasons, including himself. He is a graduate of Columbia College (summa cum laude) and McGill University’s Schulich School of Music.

Andy's performance at Oscillations will be a solo piano concert featuring Frederic Rzewski's De Profundis, and "an atypical, narrated arrangement of canons by J.S. Bach and G. Ligeti."