Matascik showcases Appalachian and Celtic musical traditions

Dr. Sheri Matascik, associate professor of music at Maryville College, will perform nine original compositions for guitar during a faculty recital on April 11 at 7 p.m. in Lawson Auditorium of Fayerweather Hall.

The music professor will perform, fingerstyle, on classical guitar, resonator guitar and steel-string acoustic guitar, treating the audience to unique compositions she has written in the last two years that combine elements of classical and popular music with those of Appalachian and Celtic folk traditions.

“The result is an exciting amalgamation of styles and sound,” said Matascik, who soon will release a CD of her work.

She has a bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance and a master’s degree in music theory and composition from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University. She holds a doctorate in music theory and composition from Kent State.

Interested in various music forms and instruments (previous faculty recitals have included performances on ukuleles and synthesizers), she began, two years ago, studying guitar and composition with a teacher who specializes in Celtic style and writes his own music.

According to Matascik, traditions found in Appalachian music originally developed from Celtic folk traditions as immigrants brought their unique musical style to their new mountain homes. Certain characteristic figurations, like supplemental notes that embellish the melody of a song, are very common in Appalachian-style playing and singing.

“It is also a style with simpler forms than classical music,” she said. “The melodies of folk music are simple with ‘hummable’ melodies, so to speak.”

Some of the compositions that Matascik will perform include “Aunt Rosie’s Hill,” “Tennessee Sunrise,” “The 10th Time,” “Moonlit Clouds,” “Late Night Lament” and “Kicking’ Around K-Town.”

This recital is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Maryville College Division of Fine Arts at 865-981-8150.

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