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AKIRA SATAKE and DUNCAN WICKEL Appearing Sat March 26th 2016 at 8:00pm

$18 in advance
$20 at the door



This talented duo always draws large audiences at their White Horse performances.   Composer and banjo and shamisen (Japanese banjo) player Akira Satake is an inventive performer stretching pre-conceptions about the banjo.  
Multi-genre violinist Duncan Wickel is one of the rising stars in jazz fiddle and celtic fiddle.  This power duo joins forces  for an evening of kaleidoscopic original music combining World, Jazz, Celtic and Appalachian traditions.


American banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka calls Satake,
"a brilliant banjoist with a split-level passion for the fiery breakdowns of southern Appalachia and the kaleidoscopic rhythms and melodies of World Music"
Akira Satake first discovered the banjo through his older brother’s Flatt and Scruggs recordings while growing up in Osaka, Japan. After relocating to New York City in his early 20's he spent two decades honing his innovative banjo style in venues from Village clubs to Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He went on to master the shamisen (Japanese banjo) in his own original style, and has made it an important part of his repertory.

Satake garnered international attention with his collection of original compositions, "Cooler Heads Prevail," and shared the 1998 German Music Critics’ Award for Best World Music Recording with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Shawn Colvin, Nancy Griffith, Jim Lauderdale, Hazel Dickens and Tony Trischka, and produced award-winning CDs for Tim O’Brien, Mamadou Diabate, Johnny Cunningham and flamenco guitarist Gerardo Nunez.


“ a Considerable talent…[he] is as persuasive in a traditional Irish ballad as he is country fiddling or ripping through cascading classical flourishes or atonal double stops”               –The Boston Globe.
 He is doing exactly what artists do best, stretching the boundaries of his sound through experimentation and play.”                     -EDGE Boston. 

 A former native of Asheville, NC, now living and working in the heart of Boston’s thriving music scene, Duncan’s reputation has been growing quickly on a national level as a wildly diverse and highly accomplished improviser, composer and technician on the violin. He is sought after for his stylistic mastery of Jazz, Irish, Old Time and Bluegrass music, captivating audiences and fellow musicians with his creativity as well as the subtle authenticity and chameleon-like ease in which he blends and changes styles. Duncan “proves to be the standout performer, exploring his instrument more in-depth than one might have guessed one could with a fiddle.

He played his first gig with the legendary Irish guitarist and singer John  Doyle at age 14, followed by years of sporadic touring and studio collaborations with John. These opportunities opened doors for Duncan to work with such greats in the field as Liz Carroll, Mick Maloney, founding member of Solas accordionist John Williams, Sean Doyle, Compass records founders Alison Brown and Gary West and acclaimed singer songwriter Danny Ellis to name a few.

In the midst of building a solid career as a touring and recording Irish musician, and maintaining his status as classical violinist performing solo and with professional orchestras, Duncan decided to further pursue his interest in jazz and improvisational music in his teen years. By the time he moved to Boston to enroll in his first semester at the Berklee College of music, he had already become a solid improviser.
 “He is incredibly dedicated and driven to improve, both as a musician and as a violinist. He is versatile, reliable, and well-rounded in his abilities
He is without question on a path to be one of the top jazz violinists of his generation.
 -jazz violin great and Duncan’s teacher at Berklee, Christian Howes, 

Duncan has toured through the US extensively, performing in landmark venues and festivals such as the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC (three times with different projects), the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Carnival Center for Performing arts in Miami, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, The DC Jazz Festival, Milwaukee Irish Fest, Festival Internationale de Louisiane, ICONS festival, on the radio with Public Radio International’sMountainstage and in legendary Jazz clubs such as the Blue Note and the 55 Bar in NYC, the Bohemian Caverns in Washington, DC, and the Dakota in Minneapolis. He has also toured in the UK where he performed at the Olympia theatre in Paris, France, the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Scotland and Union Chapel in London, England.

CLICK HERE to visit Duncan Wickel's website