Sunday June 27, 2021
Emerson Avenue Salonlines Proudly Presents
Nusheen Farahani, violin
Kevin Elam, piano & guitar
Music in Film
Music from popular films and television shows. Nusheen and Kevin combine their expertise in Classical and Jazz music to create unique arrangements of movie and television themes from across the decades – encompassing Disney, Broadway, and much more. Who knows, they might even add a taste of Celtic music!
Nusheen Farahani, violinist, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from the University of South Carolina under the instruction of Dr. William Terwilliger. During her studies she performed as a substitute violinist with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the Aiken Symphony, the Brevard Philharmonic, Long Bay Symphony and the Spartanburg Philharmonic. During that time she began venturing into the Celtic style of playing and continues to do so today, participating in Scottish Fiddling Competitions. Nusheen currently resides in the DMV area performing with various orchestras and maintaining a full violin studio in Sterling, Virginia at Studio Muse Music.
Kevin Elam is a multi-instrumentalist and 2019 All-Ireland Champion in Men’s Singing. Although he boasts a strong background in classical piano and a degree in Jazz studies, Kevin is rooted in Irish traditional music. In addition to playing the tin whistle, guitar, mandolin and banjo, Kevin has also honed his skills as a singer and interpreter of Irish traditional song, cultivating a significant repertoire of ballads. This intensive practice and study of the tradition were formally recognized in August of 2019, when he was awarded first place in Men’s English Singing at the 2019 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, held in Drogheda, Ireland, and took home the coveted “Dalaigh Shield”, an award only won by one other American in its 62-year history.
In addition to his All-Ireland title in Men’s Singing, Kevin has achieved recognition at home as a competitor in the CCE Mid-Atlantic Fleadh. In 2017-2019, Kevin won a total of twelve different awards in seven categories, including seven first-place awards (tin whistle, singing, piano, and miscellaneous instrument), and all three years represented the region in the All-Ireland Fleadh.
Over the past several years, Kevin has enjoyed a consistent schedule of performing at house concerts, pubs, museums, churches, concert series, and festivals, in the DC area and beyond. Performance credits include the Fairfax CCE Irish Folk Fest, the Washington Folk Fest, the Takoma Park Folk Fest, the Virginia Scottish Games, Acadia Trad Festival, Appaloosa Festival, the Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Art, and many more. Kevin has also toured extensively with Scottish National Fiddle Champion Sean Heely, performing throughout the mid-Atlantic and New England regions. Kevin can be heard playing and singing on Mondays at the weekly session at the Irish Inn in Glen Echo, and at a variety of other DC area sessions.
Kevin greatly enjoys sharing his knowledge and insight with students, and has given classes and workshops on traditional music at the Washington Conservatory of Music, Schoodic Arts Center in Winter Harbor, Maine, Seven Stars Arts Center in Sharon, Vermont, and many more. In 2020, Kevin joins the prestigious faculty of DC’s premiere Irish traditional music festival, MAD week. Kevin has taught in a variety of settings with both children and adults, including as a group piano instructor, rock band coach, and treble choir director. Kevin is also a passionate and skilled private teacher, and maintains a studio of about 25 piano students.
Kevin stays quite busy with other musical pursuits outside of the Irish traditional music scene. Holding a BM in Jazz Piano from George Mason University, Kevin performs regularly as a keyboardist in jazz and popular styles in the DC area. He has also developed a reputation as a skilled chamber singer, and enjoys singing Renaissance polyphony (as well as other choral works) as a member of the Suspicious Cheese Lords, an all-male “early music” a-capella group, and as a paid chorister at the Church of the Ascension and St Agnes, which boasts a well-regarded music program under the direction of J. Owen Burdick.