When: Fri., Jan. 27, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Chapel Hill indie-folk orchestra Lost in the Trees has borne more than its fair share of fruit. Beyond that now nationally recognized ensemble, Prypyat—which pairs Trees cellist Leah Gibson with Hammer No More the Fingers frontman Duncan Webster—has been very busy recently. Now we get another bud, the delightfully avant garde duo Yandrew.
Reductively titled by combining the first names of its members—drummer Yan (or Dan) Westerlund and cellist Andrew Anagnost—Yandrew flirts with the line between classical music and minimalism and takes it for a fascinating ride. Their first performance, thankfully preserved on YouTube, flows easily from tense melodies to hyper-rhythmic bursts, fostering camaraderie between two rarely paired instruments.
"We're simply letting our combined influences filter through a duet formula, allowing us to express ourselves more clearly, as opposed to backing up a songwriter or playing a written part," explains Westerlund, who now plays in Bowerbirds after a long stint with the Trees. "We want to have the mindset of consistently reapproaching our tunes every time we rehearse or perform and have the freedom to react spontaneously."
They plan to record together later this year, but for now they're happy with a project that frees them from the more structured compositions of their main gigs. Yandrew performs second on this bill, between Kangaroo and Mandolin Orange's Andrew Marlin. —Jordan Lawrence