The Commons – “We aim to play old music in such a way that it doesn’t sound old, and new music that sounds a bit timeless,” says Arbo in a Q&A with arts reporter Victoria Chertok. Arbo has been playing the fiddle and guitar, and also singing, in daisy mayhem for more than 20 years.
“I played classical cello for nine years, through the end of high school. I needed a break from the pressure of the classical world that I was in and took up fiddle while I studied at Amherst College,” she says. “Being in the Pioneer Valley meant I was exposed to fiddle music, Cajun, Québécois, and contradance music. I really loved those sounds, the way the fiddle can harmonize with itself and the way it can dance.”
The interview advertises an April 15 performance by the quartet at Next Stage Arts Project in Putney, Vt. It traces Arbo’s path as a musician and also in other jobs: she worked for years as a magazine writer and is now the campus and community engagement manager at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts.