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Tom and Laurie Reese
Imagine JS Bach jamming out with Jethro Tull. Add Miles Davis, Turlough O’Carolan, perhaps a few others … all those sounds melting together creates “Folk Fusion.” Tom & Laurie, husband & wife duo, have developed a unique style that fuses elements of classical, folk & jazz. “Folk Fusion” blends classics by Bach, Ellington & O’Carolan bridged by jazz inspired improvisation.
Since 1990, the husband & wife team of Tom & Laurie Reese have fused their diverse backgrounds into a unique style. Their eclectic style combines elements of classical, jazz, celtic & folk music, and creates a new sound, dubbed “Folk Fusion.” A high level of musicianship combines with a strong creative urge, and MuZette takes flight into musical fantasy. This combination of an award-winning composer & a classically trained cellist engages audiences of all ages. Their repertoire includes standards in jazz, classical, celtic & folk music in addition to originals. They have produced several award-winning CD’s, including a 2004 recording of their duo work, titled An Early Snow. They also have an earlier CD, Opus O’Carolan.
Improvisation is key to their performances. Tom’s background is in jazz; Laurie has a master’s degree in classical cello performance. Combining their different musical backgrounds has led to a wide circle of performance opportunities. Traditional Irish & celtic tunes proved to be the initial meeting ground between Tom’s jazz experience and Laurie’s classical training. Not wanting to abandon their individual musical roots, however, Tom & Laurie each pursued their own voices, leading them to create several more ensembles. Each ensemble is unique, performing standards as well as originals. They collaborate with an exciting group of musicians, including The Reese Project (jazz), Susquehanna (classical) & Wyndfall (folk & folk rock music).
Currently, they can be seen & heard regularly at The Watering Trough, Bube’s Brewery, Pub Dunegal, John Wright Restaurant, Legends Cafe, The Goggleworks, The Allen Theater, Zoetropolis Art House, The Porch, Oak Leaf Manor North, Willow Valley, Brethren Village, Country Meadows, Jenner’s Pond, The Manor at Oakridge & more. See our Calendar for complete schedule.
Their Silent Film Classics with live musical scores are currently being shown at several locations, plus on TV! LCTV, Comcast Channel 66, in the areas surrounding Lancaster, PA. See more information here. Recently presented at the Goggleworks, Ware Center, Stahr Center, Aimee’s Dinner & A Movie, Zoetropolis Art House, The Allen Theater, Moviate (Harrisburg, PA), & Ned Smith Center for Nature & the Arts (Millersburg, PA). See our Calendar for current schedule.
Their sound includes influences from Yo Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, David Grisman, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, Sammy Bush, Turtle Island String Quartet, JS Bach, Claude Bolling, Van Morrison, & Jethro Tull.
“…we were entertained by a most charming duo, MuZette. They played beautiful music, shared a lot of background on their education, their music, their meeting and marriage and their life of making beautiful music together. Both of them were so gracious and entertaining in their discussions and sharing with the Senior Citizens. If you were not present, you missed an excellent program.” — Derry Street United Methodist Church
MuZette receives stellar reviews, feedback & testimonials from their audiences & clients. See current reviews: Client Feedback MuZette performs for a variety of special events.
Recent events include:
- Church concerts & services: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, LCBC, St. Luke’s, Highland Presbyterian, Unitarian Church
- Intimate House & Parlor concerts: Lynden Galleries, private residences
- Weddings & Wedding Receptions: Cameron Estates, Riverdale Manor, Bube’s Brewery, Moon Dancer Winery, Mulberry Studios, Lancaster County Park
- Corporate Events & other Private Functions: Hotel Hershey, Moon Dancer Winery, Sheraton
- Retirement Centers: Oak Leaf Manor, Jenner’s Pond, The Manor at Oakridge, Country Meadows, Willow Valley, The Village at Sprenkle Drive, Bethany Village
Festivals: Moon Dancer Winery Jazz Festival, Moon Dancer Winery Folk Festival, Sugarloaf Craft Festival, Long’s Park Arts & Craft Show, Mt. Gretna Outdoor Art Show
You can read more about Tom & Laurie Reese in recent news articles & reviews.
Tom and Laurie offer a number of Educational Activities, including concerts that can be presented to a small home school audience or to a full auditorium.
In 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2013, MuZette won Rising Star awards from Gigmasters.com for Best Folk Duo in the US & Canada!
“…a jazzy relative of the Chieftains…The Reese Project is a one-of-a kind jazz group; their latest CD is ‘Evening in Vermont.’ The title track is a breezy tune, written by Tom Reese, who plays a mean flute and, on occasion, pennywhistle.“His wife, Laurie Haines Reese is a remarkable acoustic and electric cello player. She can slap it like a bass or use a bow and play it like a fiddle, though with a bluesy feel.” — Barry Bassis, Town & Village, Arts Beat 9-22-11
“…very pleasant music with melodic improvisations…” Don Albert, Newstime, 8-28-10
“…a refreshingly different form of jazz/folksong/ blues/and even classical music…” Grady Tate, Amazon.com