Sunday, September 13, 2009

Back In The Day

As I promised in my last post, we've got an artist today who some of y'all might remember from his time at Stetson.

Violinist, guitarist, vocalist, and pianist Marques Toliver lived in Nemec Hall for a little while, which was where I met him - and, though the period he spent at Stetson was far too short for the tastes of anyone who knew him, he made a strong impression during that time.

Lately, he's been out in The Real World (not the MTV version), making music: busking in the New York subway system and, now, performing in England. Starting mid-October, he'll be performing on the Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson tour, which goes from New York down through the South, then swings up the West coast (including a November stop in Seattle).

Toliver's music strikes me as an eclectic mishmash of influences - Southern gospel, acoustic folk, and jazz maybe the most prominent of those. It's a mix that strains sometimes at the edge of expectation, but tends to retreat before stepping into dissonance or imbalance, meaning that it winds up being a very pleasant listen.

But you don't have to take my word for it!

Marques Toliver - Moth to a Flame

Marques Toliver - The Wishing Song

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