JONESBORO – Fowler Center at Arkansas State University will present singer/songwriter Maya de Vitry in its concert series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.
Maya de Vitry’s devotion to songwriting is her way of staying present, curious and imaginative. Pennsylvania-raised and Tennessee-based, Maya first traveled and performed as a fiddling street musician, and then in bars, theaters and on festival stages as a founding member of The Stray Birds.
Her musical heart is anchored in a deep love of song-makers like John Prine and Townes Van Zandt, emotive vocalists like Nine Simone and Bonnie Raitt, and the traditional music of Southern Appalachia, according to Dallas Martinez, newly appointed director of Fowler Center.
In 2019, de Vitry released her critically-acclaimed solo debut “Adaptations” (produced by Dan Knobler) and has quietly emerged as a prolific solo artist and musical collaborator.
“Violet Light” (produced by Ethan Jodziewicz and de Vitry) is her third solo release, and was recorded in a basement home studio in collaboration with numerous musical guests. “Violet Light” is an open-hearted invitation to explore the tensions between the visible and the imagined, between love and control, and our unrelenting human desire to belong — to a home, to an environment, and to each other.
In addition to writing, recording and touring with her band, Maya collaborates with other artists as a writer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. De Vitry’s live band is a fluid ensemble, showcasing various collaborators. This show’s lineup will feature band members Joel Timmons (guitars, vocals), Shelby Means (upright bass/electric bass, vocals), and Jason Burger (drums, vocals).
All seating is reserved. Individual tickets are $35 and $25 for adults, and $28 and $20 for senior citizens, students, and A-State faculty and staff, and $15 and $10 for A-State students with a current ID. Group discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.
For more information, contact Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, at (870) 972-3471. Tickets may be purchased at the Central Box Office in the First National Bank Arena, 217 Olympic Drive, or by calling (870) 972-ASU1 or toll-free (888) ASU-FANS. Tickets are also available online from the Central Box Office (AState.edu/tickets).