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Notes on Fiction: The Hands Free



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Tuesday, 7:00 pm November 5, 2019

The Hands Free will perform pieces from their self-titled debut album on New Amsterdam Records and a handful of new tunes, including works inspired by Charles Baudelaire and Emily Dickinson.

Guest Photo - The Hands Free 2 - Carla Cain-Walther
  • The Hands Free Band Pic - Carla Cain-Walther

    The Hands Free

    The Hands Free

    The Hands Free is an acoustic quartet, bringing together the creative voices of James Moore (guitar & banjo), Caroline Shaw (violin), Nathan Koci (accordion), and Eleonore Oppenheim (bass). Drawing from an array of influences in classical, jazz and folk traditions, the group produces a unique blend of evocative melodies, ethereal soundscapes, and explosive improvisations. Individually established as performers and composers in New York, the members of The Hands Free have been friends and collaborators for over a decade. Though they have worked on numerous professional projects together, they always found the most joy playing together at scrappy late-night folk jams.

    The first pieces of the group were inspired by the collection, Les Mains Libres. Published in 1937, the book features an intriguing collaboration between the American surrealist artist Man Ray and French poet Paul Éluard. Inspired by his friend’s sketchings, Éluard wrote poems to accompany each piece. The phrase les mains libres translates to free hands, a term the artists used to describe the free play of the imagination. The Hands Free quartet sought to illustrate these beautiful and eccentric pieces further with music. More repertoire evolved as each member brought new ideas and traditional folk songs to the table. The result is an eclectic collection of music that has taken on a life of its own through the hearts and minds of the players.

    “Their resulting debut album features a beautifully eclectic mix of sounds that depict an immense variety of places and emotions—all while maintaining the warmth and spontaneity of an impromptu jam session.” —Second Inversion