Beth and Alasha

Beth and Alasha

Beth and Alasha, banner by Chris Woodall.

Beth and Alasha, banner by Chris Woodall.

When you notice a connection, a sign so strong...do you walk away, or follow your heart?

This has been a recurring theme for the duo of Beth and Alasha.

Beth (Summers, formerly of experimental sound band Snakebox and an avid food blogger) and Alasha (Al-Qudwah, formerly of gypsy-rock band Qiet, and Music Specialist at Charleston Montessori School) had been walking similar paths for several years, when it was suggested by friends that they meet. 

And when they finally did meet (at Beth's home), one instance stuck out:

Alasha has a tattoo on her back, honoring Yann Tiersen (Alasha's favorite composer, who has influenced her own music), and Beth noticed it immediately, the very first time they met. And while it might be impressive to notice and recognize a score from a movie, what are the chances this same score would be open at Beth's piano, at that very moment, at their first meeting?

Friends suggested Beth and Alasha meet because they had similar personalities, and shared a musical background, but these two strong, awesome women learned quickly that their connection was much deeper than this. Both mothers of young children, both classically trained in violin and piano, able to flex their range of skills, varying from traditional performance to experimental improv, and both exploring new beginnings, Alasha and Beth started playing music publicly together-both as a duo, and as part of Snakebox. 

Photo of Snakebox by Kerry Bingaman

Photo of Snakebox by Kerry Bingaman

Throughout the years of performing together, fans had asked for recorded music from Beth and Alasha. But until Beth realized her dream of quitting her job (as a research biologist) to move to Wisconsin with her family to start a farm, it didn't seem so pressing. Yet, all of these changes have recently taken place, and these talented ladies want to commemorate the wonderful years they've had, performing together. 

So here she is: "In With the New": 9 songs have been written and recorded, and you can purchase a copy (or get other cool things) through this evening, as part of a Kickstarter pre-order. 

"This is the first album my violin has been showcased in a way that feels my voice is speaking to the world - and I can feel the same energy from Beth's piano and vocals.", Alasha shared... 

Beth and Alasha, by Carrie Dawson.

Beth and Alasha, by Carrie Dawson.

"My favorite part of performing with Beth is the intimacy of our sound, and being able to hone in on each others movements, nuances, and subtleties."..."That accompanied with (Alasha's) classical training in violin, and especially my skills for improvising, allows us to get lost in tiny movements of our songwriting, creating details that show off our precision and study of music."

There is fiddling, piano playing, singing, guitar playing, kick drumming and playing of the foot tambourine, guest performances by members of Qiet and Snakebox, and music by strong, powerful, talented and awesome women, all right here, for you. 

Don't miss your chance to snag up a copy of this rare creation...and you might want to go do it, right now. The Kickstarter ends tonight

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