The Moxie Strings

In Concert

The Moxie Strings is the electrifying combination of fiddler, Diana Ladio, cellist, Alison Lynn and percussionist, Fritz McGirr. With their feel-good melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms, this trio has put a fresh, enticing spin on Americana music. Though rooted in tradition, The Moxie Strings offer listeners the unique opportunity to experience three of the world's best-known instruments through a young, progressive lens. The ensemble calls on Celtic, Canadian, Bluegrass, Rock, Jazz and Old Time influences to create their unique, American hybrid that exemplifies the United State's identity as a melting pot of traditions. Diana, Alison and Fritz hold Bachelor of Music degrees in music performance and music education, which have given each the technical foundation to explore the limits of his/her instrument, and helped the group build a reputation for musical excellence. Diana and Alison perform on newly invented, electric instruments, and Fritz on a variety of world percussion instruments in celebration of their generation's redefinition of folk music. The Moxie Strings write the majority of their pieces, and also arrange indigenous tunes from many different countries and genres.

Hailed by The Grand Rapids Press as "top-notch, instrumental wizardry", The Moxie Strings offer listeners the unique opportunity to experience some of the world's best-known instruments through a young, progressive lens. Diana Ladio and Alison Lynn, often joined by percussionist, Fritz McGirr, all hold Bachelor of Music degrees in music performance, which have given each the technical foundation to explore the limits of his/her instrument and helped the group build a reputation for musical excellence. The Moxie Strings compose the majority of their pieces and arrange melodies from many traditions, resulting in a genre-blurring blend of ear-catching melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms. Alison performs on a newly-invented, electric cello, and Diana on a contemporary 5-string violin, both through a variety of audio effects pedals. Fritz performs on a mix of world percussionist instruments and drum kit. Their polished, high-energy show and unique sound are redefining strings' role in contemporary music, and have quickly made the band one of the country's most promising instrumental acts.

"My students were so energized by the clinic that we started an alternative styles club!" - Ann Marie Jones, Orchestra director, Traverse City West High School


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