The 2017-18 Winter Wind Concert Series opens on Sunday, October 1, with singer-songwriter Ari Hest performing in the intimate listening room atmosphere of The Depot, 200 S. Jones. Music begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20.
“What started out as an occasional creative outlet is now my way of life” says Hest. “I've been making music and touring the planet for about 15 years... played in every state in the U.S. and toured extensively throughout Europe. I've had the honor of playing with a slew of incredible musicians wherever I've gone. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to sing and play music for a living. I wanna keep it going for as long as possible. It's good for my soul, and I love knowing that what I create can have a real impact on people.”
In 2016 Ari co-wrote a number of songs with Judy Collins and, after two years of on-and-off touring together, the two released an album of duets entitled Silver Skies Blue. The album was nominated for Best Folk Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in 2017, earning Hest his first Grammy Award nomination and Collins her first nomination in 40 years.
This was not Hest's first collaboration - he has two other projects: The Open Sea with Rose Golan, and more recently, the Brazilian guitar inspired Bluebirds of Paradise with Chris Poland.
Hest’s ninth LP, Natural, was released in March of this year. His music has been heard on TV and movies The Path, The Lincoln Lawyer, Private Practice, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill. Hest also scored music for Dreamriders, a documentary film which won several independent film awards.
Winter Wind Concerts are made possible in part by the City of Norman Parks and Recreation Department, by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Norman Arts Council and by Contributors: Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion; Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Keri and Hugh Young; Lohmann's Good Things!; The Montford Inn; and Native Spirits Winery. Additional support comes from Friends: Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Kindergarten; Bruce and Trisha Bunce; Nancy McClellan; Coordination Pilates; and Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin, and by Neighbors: Danna Primm and EB Dancer.