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Violinist And Composer Jenny Scheinman Presents "Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait" At Big Ears 2018

Violinist and composer, Jenny Scheinman, possesses a unique and rare ability to play any style of music. Whether it's classical, folk, rock, or jazz or singing any of the songs she's written, Jenny frequently collaborates with musicians such as Bill Frisell, Ani Difranco, and Nels Cline.

At Big Ears 2018, she will present two performances. One, with her band, Mischief and Mayhem, which combines modern classical and jazz with rock and roll. This fusion band performs on Friday from 6:30-7:30 at The Standard.

Her second performance is of a film project that she worked on for many years along with director and editor, Finn Taylor. "Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait" takes an authentic look at the people who lived and worked in various milling towns in the piedmont region of North Carolina during the late 1930's and early 1940's. Using original footage by portrait photographer, H. Lee Waters, Jenny and Finn create a beautiful piece that encourages us to think about the beauty of humanity. 

Presented at the Bijou Theatre on Saturday from 12:30-1:30pm, Jenny, along with fellow string-band musicians, Robbie Fulks and Robbie Gjersoe, will perform the folk-inspired music that she created and/or arranged for the film. More information on this and the Big Ears Festival is available at www.bigearsfestival.com

Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.
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