Ari & Mia

Ari & MiaBiography

Ari & Mia are a soulful and spirited acoustic accompanied duo exploring the traditions of Southern Appalachia, Northeastern fiddle music, and the realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions.

Their hearts also lie with early American swing, jazz, and bluegrass music. Combine this with their bold approach to song and tune-writing and their interpretations of traditional music and the result will open hearts and dance floors. Ari & Mia’s “intricate arrangements, soaring harmonies, infectious grooves and intuitive improvisations combine an old-time sensibility with a truly adventurous spirit,” says Hankus Netsky of New England Conservatory.

Featured guests on their brand new album, “Unruly Heart,” include grammy-nominated Sarah Jarosz, fiddler extraordinaire Eden MacAdam-Somer of the band Notorious, Rebecca Wudarski and Owen Marshall on guitar, Ben Krakauer on banjo, and Ari and Mia’s sister, Shoshana Friedman.

Ariel Friedman, a classically trained cellist from the Boston area, is one of few musicians to be challenging the boundaries of cello-playing. Mia Friedman is an energetic and eclectic fiddler, singer, and banjo player. Both award-winning sisters study at New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation program; they perform extensively together and as members of other well-known groups including the Hanneke Cassel Trio, and Childsplay.

Their music is all at once driving, uplifting and moving. They’re artists on the rise – stay tuned, because you’ll definitely be hearing more of them.


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