“Consummate Badass” is not a moniker often ascribed to Classical musicians, but if anyone has earned it, it’s superstar violinist Lara St. John. Why, you may ask? Well, I’ll give you a few reasons: 1) she owns an iguana, and has performed with it on stage, 2) She was the first classical musician to start her own record label in 1999, 5 years before Radiohead (take that Thom Yorke!), 3) She called out Game of Thrones for not using a live cellist in their theme song (you know, the “duhn duhn, duh duh duhn duhn, duh duh duhn duhn,” one).
She’s essentially the Daenerys Targaryen of stringed instruments – the L.A. Times even called her “a volcanic violinist with a huge, fabulous tone that pours out of her like molten lava. She has technique to burn and plays at a constant high heat.” So there’s that…
Lara will come to the Crypt on March 14 &15 with the absurdly talented pianist Matt Herskowitz to perform her haunting, heart-pounding program “Lavuta: Violin Beyond the Pale.” The music, which she recorded for her acclaimed album Shiksa, features a collection of her favorite Eastern European folk tunes, re-imagined by some of today’s top composers. Have you ever wanted to hear “Hava Nagila” transformed into an epic, eight-minute violin showpiece? Lara’s got you covered
The food and wine pairing for each Crypt Session (included in the ticket price) is generously provided by Ward 8 Events, which was founded by New York City-based artist, stylist, designer and model Fay Eva. Ward 8 creates one-of-a-kind multi-disciplinary events, unified across a single theme.