The Performing Arts Studio welcomes New York singer-songwriter Ari Hest back to open the 2013-14 Winter Wind Concert series on Sunday, October 6. Music begins at 7:00 pm in the Norman Depot, 200 South Jones. Tickets are $15.
Music is Hest's unparalleled passion, one that's seen him create at an astounding pace since he began writing songs in his late teens. There are six albums and three EPs. "52" was an innovative project in 2008 where he wrote, recorded and released a new song every Monday for a full year. He’s written educational music for kids and "songs I write with others in mind to sing them." Hest's music has been featured on numerous television shows including Private Practice, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill. He's also scored a film called Dreamriders, which won several independent film awards.
And now, Ari has released his seventh full length album, The Fire Plays. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of musical influences, the songs of The Fire Plays fuse the sounds of 70's pop era music with sprawling electric guitar soundscapes. And at the forefront is Ari's rugged yet subdued voice, once described as like "a bear eating honey." He can sound vulnerable, formidable, angry and hopeful, all with an honesty and passion you simply don't hear from most singers these days.
While The Fire Plays is an excellent indication of what Hest is capable of, his live show will leave even more of an impression. Watching him play, one can't help but be thrust into his world. Some people smile, some people cry, but everyone at the least stops in their tracks to pay attention. Ari's practical lyrics mold seamlessly with his grainy voice and quiet confidence to create an earnest, engaging delivery.
Ari has toured worldwide, most recently in Israel and several European countries, and has built the kind of loyal fan base any musician would envy.
The PAS and his Norman fans are pleased to welcome him back to open the Winter Wind series, which includes:
Oct. 19, Kevin Welch, 7:00 pm, $20 (Saturday)
Nov. 3, Audrey Auld, 7:00 pm, $15 (Sunday)
Nov. 24, Red Molly, 7:00 pm, $20 (Sunday)
Dec. 8, Jimmy LaFave, 7:00 pm, $20 (Sunday)
Jan. 5, Carrie Newcomer, 7:00 pm, $20 (Sunday)
Jan. 26, Anne & Pete Sibley, 7:00 pm, $15 (Sunday)
Feb. 16, Peter Mayer, 7:00 pm, $20 (Sunday)
March 2, Mark Erelli, 7:00 pm, $15 (Sunday)
March 30, Beppe Gambetta, 7:00 pm, $20(Sunday)
Tickets are available at TicketStorm.com or at the PAS in the Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones. For further information phone 405-307-9320.
Winter Wind Concerts are a program of the Performing Arts Studio and made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by sponsors Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick of Therapy in Motion, and Nancy McClellan. Additional support comes from contributors Glen Brown; Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Hugh and Keri Young; Dale Wares, Wares Properties; Mike Goodman; and Danna Primm. Friends include Marie Soliel, Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; and The Grider Family. In-kind support comes from the City of Norman, Cafe Plaid, The Montford Inn and Norman Music Institute.