Aaron Price, an Asheville-based songwriter, producer and musician who has reinvented many pop and jazz standards during his notable career, will make a special appearance at White Horse Black Mountain on Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. As an added feature to the concert, award-winning artist Les Caison III will create original paintings during Price’s live performance. They can be purchased after the show.
With the release of his newest album, Price has tapped into a lifetime of music, including 14 years as music director of the West Asheville Presbyterian Church. The album of instrumental piano music, Offering: Hymn Improvisations vol. 1, is a product of him growing up in a family of church musicians and his years of experience as a performer, sound engineer, composer and teacher across a range of musical styles.
“The hymn tunes themselves are in my musical DNA,” Price said. “I was raised singing and hearing them.” Born in Illinois, Price grew up in Raleigh and settled in Asheville in 1997, after attending Appalachian State University. He accepted the position at West Asheville Presbyterian when his daughter was in the Parents Morning Out program.
Price is a classically-trained pianist as well as a composer of all kinds of music. Along with his improvised old favorites, the new CD contains one original song as well, Heaven Now, written to honor the passing of a fellow church member. Price’s first album, Bouquet, was released in 2005.
“Personally,” he said, “I find an emotional haven in sitting and witnessing where the music takes my mind while I play, and I actually sort of get into a meditative state while allowing the music to happen.”
A talented if not prolific writer, Aaron is a versatile multi-instrumentalist at home when playing bass, piano, or guitar.
Caison III is an award-winning artist from Greensboro, N.C. who graduated with honors from Appalachian State University with a BFA in Studio Art. A diverse upbringing and public education complete with critical accomplishments in music and visual art inform his creativity. Les paints with oil and illustrates with pencil, often intertwining the two, creating scenes of every-day life. His accolades include two North Carolina Arts Council recognized regional artist grants and multiple awards for individual artworks. Numerous reviews and publications feature his artwork, including the March 2010 issue of North Carolina-based Our State Magazine. He is collected internationally and has over 130 exhibitions under his belt – 20 of them solo.
Tickets are priced at $12 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 828-669-0816 or go to www.whitehorseblackmountain.com.