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Ian Kesterson’s epic South American expedition

July 14, 2010 - 5:13 pm

Ian Kesterson - violinist / arborist. Photo courtesy The Silent Comedy.

The sharply dressed fellas in local band The Silent Comedy announced on Monday that their violinist, Ian Kesterson, is leaving the band to pursue “other creative passions.” In a Facebook message yesterday afternoon, Kesterson told me about his future plans.

And what plans they are!

In an effort to pursue his longtime interest in tree life, he plans to go on an epic expedition through Central and South America–from Costa Rica down to Patagonia–with his wife, Julie, and fellow arborist/ecologist Matt Swanson. During the trip, they plan to write articles and film a documentary about various failing species of trees in the region. They’re currently finalizing grants to help fund the their work.

“This is a once in a lifetime experience and I had to jump on it,” Kesterson writes.

During the trip, the three of them will be playing what sounds like incredibly intriguing music–a “blend of fiddle, deep hand percussion and a Latin style rhythmic parlor guitar, played under three part harmonies that have a haunting emotional range,” as he puts it. They’ll record their songs with mobile hardware.

Let’s hope they have Internet hookup at some point, because I’d love to hear some tracks recorded deep in the arid Patagonia steppe.

Ian’s playing a couple more shows with the band, so catch them while he’s still on board:

They’re playing with Blackout Party and The Howls at The Casbah on  Saturday, July 17.

And they’re playing with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at the 94/9 Independence Jam on Sunday, Aug. 29.

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