A pure-voiced poet and a dulcimer wizard weave their voices and instruments into a rich, harmony-driven sound that is fresh and innovative. A double Finalist for Best Group/Duo in the 7th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) for two songs from their new CD, “Power Lines,” Jubilant Bridge is gaining increasing recognition through world-wide traditional and on-line radio airplay.
Intricate arrangements, harmonies “so tight, they pulse” (Mary Cliff—WAMU-FM), comic repartee, a repertoire ranging from award-winning originals and contemporary songs, to finger-dancing instrumentals and unexpected covers---these are the hallmarks of every Jubilant Bridge performance. The duo comes from a rich aural tradition but surprises audiences with counter melodies, changing time signatures, and well-chosen dissonance. Their instruments go beyond simple accompaniment; the arrangements and the songs themselves are meshed. They use the vocabulary, but step outside of the conventions, of folk, rock, and pop---not simply stitching together genres, but folding the seams under. Every song becomes their own.
The duo has released five recordings. Their new CD, “Power Lines,” recorded at world-class studio Colorado Sound, features their compelling original songs as well as their unique take on songs from favorite songwriters, such as Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Victory Music Review finds “an amazing level of melodic richness and complex songwriting” throughout the album, the songs “musical and lyrical tapestries that can be surprisingly deep and poetic.” Jubilant Bridge is currently working on selecting and arranging material for their next project, a compilation of Renaissance, and pre-Renaissance, songs for the Christmas season.