CONCERT: HOT OCTOBER
Craft in America presents a season of concerts in conjunction with the MUSIC episode and the exhibition of handmade instruments at the Craft in America Center.
Sunday, November 22, 2015, 4pm
Hot October is a high energy Bluegrass quartet, built of some of the best pickers in Los Angeles. After studying at Cal Arts in Santa Clarita, all members continued working as professional session and performing artists in a range of musical genres.
It wouldn’t be out of place to see David Tranchina (bass), using the precision and freedom of a jazz musician to rip through punchin’ Bluegrass songs. Sasha Birrittella (guitar), can be found playing in some of the largest stages around the world with pop and rock artists. When he picks up the acoustic guitar, however, you hear history in each and every note coming through those strings. The band is driven with original songs written by Paul Fuller (banjo), and Jesse Olema (fiddle). Paul has played the banjo all his life, and his songs reflect the history of bluegrass, while coming from a modern place. Being a luthier himself, Paul also builds amazing ukeleles and guitars. Jesse Olema plays the fiddle with a soulfulness and attack that you don’t normally see, and as an original songwriter, he has carved his own voice in the Americana/Bluegrass realm.