$8 in advance
$10 at the door
will enthrall and inspire you to reconnect
with music from the
of classic church melodies and
opens them up to improvisational possibilities.
Aaron Price is an Asheville-based musician and producer. A talented if not prolific writer, Aaron is a versatile multi-instrumentalist at home when playing bass, piano, or guitar. He has produced many records including local releases by the Honeycutters, Malcolm Holcombe, Stephanies Id, Kellin Watson, Cary Fridley and others. Currently performing songs from an upcoming release, Aaron is unveiling many new tunes this year.
He is a member of Jeff Thompson and The Outliars, The Wham Bam Bowie Band, The Zealots, and occasionally fronts his own group, Kill The Click.
Excerpt from a recent article in
The Asheville Citizen Times
|Photo by Colby Rabon|
Last Friday, Aaron Price was at the piano in the downtown Asheville jazz and blues club Tressa's, accompanying his friend, singer Peggy Ratusz. For Valentine's Day, he'll be upstairs at the Isis Music Hall in West Asheville, manning the keys for another friend, the singer-songwriter and guitarist Jeff Thompson.
In between, on Sunday, he was at West Asheville Presbyterian Church, where he's the music director, supporting each week's worship with sacred songs and occasional guest appearances from other local talents.
This coming Sunday — well after church, of course — the spotlight will finally belong to Price alone, as he celebrates the release of his first album in 10 years with a 7:30 p.m. concert Feb. 18 at White Horse Black Mountain (scroll down to find details at the bottom of this story).
The album is titled "Offering: Hymn Variations, Vol. 1," and it expresses his love of sacred music, particularly the hymns he grew up with in the Methodist church in Illinois, and his particular take on faith. "I'm very spiritual," he says, "and music is where I practice my religion. Playing music is my true church."
Pianist Aaron Price poses for a portrait at West Asheville Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 10th. Colby Rabon (email@example.com) February 10, 2018 (Photo: Colby Rabon)
Price is 44 and has been in Asheville 21 years now, and working at West Asheville Presbyterian, much to his surprise, for 15 of those years. "I took the job as kind of a part-time job in 2003, and I’m still there," he says. "I really like working there, and I've madea lot of friends that I wouldn't have otherwise. They help me keep my life balanced, that’s for sure."
The new album, "Offering," is dedicated to the congregation.
"Offering," he says, "is a fairly meditative, mellow record. I wanted to focus on the melodies these old tunes have and showcase the way that I relate to this music. Playing this music for me is meditation; it's inspiring to play and inspiring to arrange. It's the music I've been playing the longest."
After the White Horse Black Mountain concert Feb. 18, expect to see Price popping up in new venues. "I'm going to try to play a lot of gospel music dates supporting this record. It's a different audience than the downtown microbrewery crowd."