Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun Quartet/Duo

Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun Quartet/Duo

 Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
BandWorldJazz

“This duo is a force. The music comes from the heart, and bristles with excitement and inventiveness… Much of the country and world hasn’t tuned in yet, but they will. One listen is all it takes.” -Aer Stephen (WTJU). This unique group is cutting edge combing elements of World/Jazz/Folk/Funk.

Biography

What do you think of when you first see Acoustic Violin & Guitar? Bluegrass? Classical? Country? Erase your preconceptions and let the sounds of Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun take over. With their own unique blend of styles from Jazz to Folk, World Beat to Rock, it's always a surprise what comes out of their sound. With Morwenna's beautiful tone reminiscent of Stephane Grappelli mixed with Jay's funky rhythms channeling Richie Havens, these two are truly creating something unique like artists as Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Kaki King, Ben Sollee and Jake Shimabukuro to name a few.

A sound that's hard to describe, yet impossible to forget. With a cutting edge vibe that explodes with originality and soulful expression, Morwenna & Jay's music redefines the acoustic origins of violin and guitar. Both graduates of Berklee College of Music, the Violin & Guitar duo started playing together in 2004 and have continued to push the boundaries of "acoustic" music. The release of their highly anticipated 2nd CD “Chioggia Beat,” illustrates their ability to reinvent the limits of their instruments and in the process produce a lush range of original work that is sure to move your soul and mind. A mix of 12 worldly tunes, the album showcases Morwenna and Jay's heartfelt composition skills, along with their knack for introducing unexpected musical tangents and motifs in a way that keeps you wanting more. The CD features their signature duo sound, their full band, as well as a few special guest musicians such as legendary world artist Pierre Bensusan, soul singer Ezra Hamilton, and Dave Matthews Band trumpeter Rashawn Ross (who helps pay tribute to the late LeRoi Moore on "One Moore Farewell").

Together, they have shared shows with such greats as Vusi Mahlasela, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Dave Matthews Band, Avett Brothers, Toubab Krewe, The Duhks, Frank Vignola Quintet, Jesse Colin Young, Ralph Stanley, Corey Harris, Ben Taylor, and more. They've also had the great pleasure and honor to play at some wonderful festivals and clubs such as FloydFest, Bristol's Rhythm & Roots, The Prism Coffeehouse, Club Passim, Eddie's Attic, Down Home, and the list goes on...

Discography

Chioggia Beat (2009)
Etopia (2005)

Set List

Coonhoud
1inA
Etopia
Bouncing Water
Sheba's Tea
One Moore Farewell
JALD
Live Wire
Kidane
B-Loose
The Wen
Atip Ouypron
Chioggia Beat
1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)