Thu, September 18th, 2014, 7:30pm
at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
Miles to Dayton is a Long Island-based family band whose music brings a high-energy message of love that strikes audiences on a personal level. M2D blends elements of folk, rock, classical music and funk with four-part vocal harmony, clever songwriting, improvisational violin and cello, and an infectious rhythm section, At the heart of their unique marriage of musical styles lies a real-life marriage: vocalist Krista Preddice shares the microphone with her husband Jonathan, the principal songwriter for the group – who also shines on guitar, cello, accordion and trumpet. Bassist Dave March (Krista’s brother) and violinist Leanne Strom (John’s sister) add depth to the vocal harmonies, while their bass and violin provide sonic bookends for the band’s signature sound. Drummer Brian Kroll further propels the group’s music with an exciting and funky edge.
M2D has performed at venues and festivals throughout the New York metropolitan area. The group’s first performance for the Hard Luck Café was a rousing success – prompting a return engagement.
Anna Dagmar is a New York City-based pianist, arranger and singer-songwriter whose influences range from Joni Mitchell to Billy Joel and Leonard Bernstein. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she developed an interest in orchestration, Anna is a versatile performer whose music weaves together elements of folk, pop, jazz, classical and musical theatre. She won a Gold Prize (first place) in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest for “We Were Children” (2011), was named a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Competition and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase (2012), and was selected to join the Advanced BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop last year.
“In a world overpopulated with guitar-playing folksingers, Dagmar is pursuing a different path – writing piano-based songs that evoke the best of Judy Collins or the musical theater.”
– John Platt, host of Sunday Breakfast on WFUV.
The Preddice Family String Quartet (Phil Preddice, Alisa Rabbit, Leanne Strom and Jon Preddice) will accompany Anna as she performs her original songs arranged for piano and strings.