Epiphany Project brings world music to Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts

April 24, 2014 Updated: April 25, 2014 at 11:40 am
photo - Bet Williams and John Hodian are the Epiphany Project. They'll perform at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts Friday.
Bet Williams and John Hodian are the Epiphany Project. They'll perform at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts Friday. 

What do you get when you mix an Armenian composer and pianist with a folk singer-songwriter? The Epiphany Project.

At the world music project's core is Bet Williams and John Hodian, though their 10-year old son, Jack, recently joined the band as drummer.

The two met in 1991 in Philadelphia, after performing separately at a music salon.

"I heard John play the piano, and I thought 'Wow,' and fell in love with his music," Williams says from a tour stop near Baltimore. "I called him up and said I wanted to meet you."

Hodian liked her stuff, but didn't fall in love with it.

"I was coming from something more esoteric," he says. "But she also had a cassette tape that had experimental stuff and backward vocals and weird words and dreamy stuff. That fascinated me and we started working together."

A love and musical partnership blossomed, and they formed the Epiphany Project. Since 2003, they've traveled through Europe and the Middle East, exploring the vastly different musical styles of the world: Armenian spirituals, Qawwali devotional songs, Appalachian folk and Tuvan throat singing. It all shows up in their work.

"Bet's always been good with language and picks it up quickly," Hodian says. "When you're working musically with new language, each one has its own feeling. A French song is going to have its own musicality over something German or American."

The family has lived in Berlin for the past five years and is touring the U.S. for five weeks. It is also a chance to show their son his country for the first time, Williams says.

And Jack's not taking any of it for granted.

"It's fun, especially to play in front of my friends," he says. "I always wanted to play with them (my parents)."

Jennifer Mulson, The Gazette, 636-0270, jen.mulson@gazette.com

7 p.m. Friday, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Colorado Highway 105, Palmer Lake, $15-$25, 481-0475, trilakesarts.org.

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