Elephant Revival Blooms With Symphonic Backing

Photo by: Athena Delene Photography

Elephant Revival has garnered a reputation for its haunting, lush, acoustic sound that is at once evocative and mysterious. The Nederland, Colorado based group is comprised of multi-instrumentalists playing fiddles, horns, banjos, cellos, washboards and even the occasional musical saw that all blend into a hard-to-define sound that is rooted in Americana, gypsy, Celtic and folk songcraft. Petals, the latest album by the group, is their most intimate album to date and carries a message about how much life there is in loss, how much potency, how much love. The indie band will perform songs from Petals at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center on November 25, accompanied by members of the Fort Collins Symphony.

Bonnie Paine, who plays the washboard, djembe, musical saw, stompbox, and serves as the primary vocalist for Elephant Revival, says that the symphonic collaboration “gives the songs a sense of blooming.” There are “so many layers that are suddenly able to weave in and out; the orchestrators make the music even more dynamic.” The orchestra will soften to allow the band to shine, or intensify depending on the song. Paine says “It’s a dance — one of the most exhilarating things I’ve ever done is to get to play with the symphony.”

Elephant Revival featuring members of the Fort Collins Symphony promises to be a truly unique concert experience. Tickets start at $28 and are available at LCtix.com

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