Indie Sensibilities Rule at Mass MoCA
San Fermin is an orchestral rock band led by Brooklyn composer-songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone. His enchanting songs are rendered by a fleet of horns, strings and singers. Folk revivalist and MASS MoCA favorite Sam Amidon will open the evening at 8 p.m.on Saturday, December 5, in Club B10 at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Mass.
After graduating from Yale as a classically trained musician, Ludwig-Leone set off for the Canadian Rockies to spend his time in the natural world composing what would become his debut album. First conceived as a solo musical exploration the project blossomed into San Fermin, an octet of equals that features male and female vocals, trumpet, baritone sax, drums, keyboard, guitar and violin, creating a richly layered baroque-pop sound.
Vermont-born Amidon made a name for himself covering hits across genres in his own tapestry of banjo, fiddle and vocals. While his music often stems from unexpected places (think Mariah Carey and Tim McGraw covers) it maintains a classic folk sound that has charmed MASS MoCA audiences at FreshGrass and Solid Sound Festivals, as well as in a previous turn on the Club B10 stage. Tickets are $12 in advance and for students, $18 day of, and $24 preferred, available at 413-662-2111 or massmoca.org.