Grammy-nominee Eliza Gilkyson Plays Atkinson Recital Hall -

The NMSU Music Department presents singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson in concert at the Atkinson Recital Hall, Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 7:30 p.m. Eliza, who now makes her home in northern New Mexico, is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter who has become one of the most respected musicians in folk and Americana music circles. The two-time Grammy nominee will be joined in performance by multi-instrumentalist and fellow singer/songwriter Don Richmond. No tickets required, and no reservations available. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information visit the NMSU Music Department Facebook page or the website.

Eliza Gilkyson has enjoyed worldwide success in the music industry for many years. Her songs cover a broad range of topics, with widely varied emotional content from simple songs of love and loss to complex protest songs that address some of the most current issues with which the world is dealing. In addition to a string of her own successful recordings, she has collaborated with a number of diverse artists, including Bonnie Raitt, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Griffin, Iris DeMent, John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, and Andreas Vollenweider. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Rosanne Cash, among many others, and her music has been featured in various films, PBS specials, and on primetime TV.

Don Richmond has been a professional performing musician for more than forty-five years. He regularly performs and records on more than a dozen instruments including electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, violin, viola, dobro, pedal steel guitar, banjo, harmonica, accordion, trumpet and percussion and is an award-winning songwriter. Don’s smooth, powerful vocal style, his impressive command of the guitar and his other instruments, his moving and creative original songs, and his fine selection of other writers’ material combine to provide a varied and pleasing musical experience for all who hear him perform.

Along with her evening show on November 3, 2021, Eliza will also offer an afternoon masterclass and performance at 3:30 p.m., which is the standard weekly recital class for all NMSU music majors, also in the Atkinson Recital Hall. Her appearance here is part of an extensive week of lectures, poster sessions, workshops, concerts, and other events during the annual Research and Creativity Week activities.

Other musical events taking place during the NMSU Research and Creativity Week include composer and jazz pianist Chris Reyman giving a 3 p.m. lecture and performance on Thursday, November 4. The next evening, tubist Jim Shearer will be joined by the pianist, along with bass player Erik Unsworth and drummer Andy Smith to offer the World Premiere of Reyman’s “Cloud Bowling” suite. They will also perform the famous “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio” (to be performed on the tuba) by Claude Bolling. Both of those events are free and open to the public, and both will take place in the Atkinson Recital Hall.

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