Harpeth Rising defines their music as “chamberfolk.” What does that mean? Three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. Building from the tonal depth of the cello (or is it a bass?), layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize. Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses folk, newgrass, rock, and classical into something organically unique.
The three musicians each hold classical performance degrees from some of the most venerated schools in the world: Indiana University, Oberlin, Eastman School of Music. But their classical background is only one dimension of this trio’s powerful musical voice. Maria Di Meglio (cello) was drawn to the music of her first-generation Italian and Balkan roots, and grew up learning Eastern European folk songs. Michelle Younger (banjo) comes by her modern spin on old-time infused banjo authentically; her family has been in the United States for generations. Jordana Greenberg (violin) grew up listening to the sounds of Stan Rogers, Leonard Cohen and Natalie McMaster. She studied classical violin by day and spent her nights learning the folk tunes and classic rocks songs.