Tunesmith Night spotlights visiting artists

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ENTERPRISE — Tunesmith Night has consistently showcased original music for 10 seasons, but one thing always seems to be changing: the artists themselves.

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 5.15.20 PMThe series, put on by the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance, features songwriters from different genres and different parts of the country.

Although the monthly series sometimes features local artists, the upcoming concert — 7 p.m. April 8 — will spotlight visiting musicians.

Carl Solomon lives in Baltimore, Maryland; Ivy Ross Ricci is based in Port Angeles, Washington; and Malachi Graham is from Portland.


Carl Solomon

Carl Solomon grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and later moved to Baltimore, Maryland. The songwriter’s diversity of songs are crafted from his varied life experiences, a few of which include: carnival barker, clerk, counselor, musician and songwriter.

Solomon crafts stories from the many folks he has encountered in his travels, according to the press release sent by Janis Carper, WVMA’s executive director.

Solomon was a finalist in the inaugural TR Ritchie Memorial Songwriting Contest at Juniper Jam 2016.


Ivy Ross Ricci

Ivy Ross Ricci’s unique sound employs country, folk and rock elements to convey tales from the road, dream visions and hopeful prisons.

“Listening to her music is like a starry walk through a landscape of unlikely images or a philosophical conversation with a dear friend,” according to the press release. In addition to writing, performing, recording and teaching music, she teaches yoga and makes handmade paper with her spouse, Joel.


Malachi Graham

Malachi Graham writes noir Americana with forceful, nuanced electric guitar and vocals. Her sound is neo-nostalgic and melodic, bluesy and moving, with rolling rhythms and soulful acoustics.

Graham’s work is inspired by “complicated women,” according to the biography on her website.

Tunesmith Night is a round-robin format. Admission is $10 at the door or by season pass.

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