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August 18 @ 7:30 pm$25 – $30
Welcome to our Fresh & Local Summer Series featuring artists from our own backyard!
It all began back in 1983 when an oboist and two guitarists decided to compose and perform their own style of music. They wanted their sound to be an alternative to other acoustic ensembles by using a unique instrument lineup and by exploring different musical styles. This became ONE ALTERNATIVE.
The members of ONE ALTERNATIVE are co-founders, Jill Haley on oboe/English horn and guitarist Mark Oppenlander. ONE ALTERNATIVE describes its sound as an acoustic fusion that blends the compositional form of classical music with the spontaneity of jazz, folk and rock. The resulting mixture of these elements is an ever-changing, enjoyable listening experience. Since its founding, the group has expanded to include guitar, bass, drums, and violin.
ONE ALTERNATIVE performs all along the East Coast including local appearances at Penn’s Landing and the Keswick Theatre, as well as the Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. The group has shared the stage with Spyro Gyra, Oregon, Pentangle, Larry Coryell, Acoustic Alchemy, and the Dixie Dregs, among others.
The group has released multiple recordings with high praise.
The “tastiest independent record project to come out of these parts in many moons.” -Jonathan Takiff, The Philadelphia Daily News
“There are alot of artists masquerading as new acoustic musicians with saccharine new age formulas. But One Alternative brings a much needed vision to an increasingly faceless genre.” -John Diliberto, CD Review
“One Alternative captivated the audience by displaying the precise playing and sinuous melodies that have gained them increased popularity.” -Susan Pena, Reading Eagle (concert review)