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Lasko/Pun CD Release Celebration on Folk & Beyond

Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun Celebrate their new CD on Folk & Beyond
Thursday, 14 July - 6-7 pm


Join guest host Peter Jones on Folk & Beyond this Thursday, 14 July, when violinist Morwenna Lasko and guitarist Jay Pun stop by for an hour to celebrate the upcoming release of their debut CD, Etopia. In between playing live from the WTJU studios, they will also get a chance to play guest deejays, picking some of their favorite tunes from artists that have influenced them over the years.

Morwenna Lasko and Jay Pun defy the boundaries of acoustic music. With Morwenna's lush melodic solos and rhythmic chopping and Jay's percussive finger-style funk guitar lines, their music surpasses eclectic. "When Lasko and Pun are on stage together, their chemistry and sound is irresistible."-Andrew Leahey (C-ville Weekly- Aug'04).

After meeting 1 month before graduation at the prestigious Berklee College of Music the two found each other's inner soul for music as well as the drive for success. Individually, they have played with many great musicians. Morwenna has performed with Irish guitarist John Doyle, Charlie Hayden, Michael Brecker, Brian Blade, Kenny Barron, John McGann, vocalist Dianne Reeves, as well as rock icon Steven Tyler. Jay has shared shows with The Dave Matthews Band, Mindy Smith and NickelCreek (at the NewSong Festival). Performing together less than a year as a duo, they have already accomplished more than they could ever have ever imagined.

"She's sick! there's no cure a doctor can prescribe for her." Corey Harris (Rounder Blues artist)

"The unlikely star of the show was Charlottesville newcomer Morwenna Lasko. Lasko seemed a bit of an anomaly. Her powerful playing, though, made for an amazing synthesis of sounds as she riffed off the bluesmen and won away the audience's attention." Ben Sellars (C-ville Weekly- May'03)

"She plays very expressively and with a very strong tone. She is a rare musical species because her fluency in classical and folk music. It's like a jazz player who plays symphony music. There aren't too many of them." Robert Genualdi (Conductor of Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra)

"It's just too beautiful." (In regards to Jay's piece "Noot's Toon") LeRoi Moore of The Dave Matthews Band

"Jay's playing kicks ass..." Hope Clayburn of Deep Banana Blackout

"When the next wave of great local musicians breaks loose, Jay Pun will unquestionably be among them." Ben Sellars (C-ville Weekly- April'04)

"Jay Pun-Fabulous finger-picked guitar meets funky fat bass." Beth Boucher (Virt Records)

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