Tonight, Aaron Nell and I will return to Indianapolis’s historic Irvington district for one of Delta Duo’s always-excellent First Friday concerts.
This will be my third visit in three years, but my first at the new venue: 10 Johnson Avenue Coffee (formerly Lazy Daze). I’m excited to hear Jon Strahl for the first time and see James Kramer for the first time in about two years. I believe James is bringing some copies of his new CD with him, tonight.
Pre-WWII Mississippi Delta blues with an Eastern European flair. The Indianapolis-based Delta Duo marries the raw tone of a National resonator slide guitar to the sweet purity of the classical Russian violin.
Mission: Perform our roots music with love and gratitude for listening audiences worldwide.
Russian violinist Irina Povarova was formally trained in classical violin at the Kazan musical conservatory in Tatarstan, Russia. She has toured throughout Europe with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Radio and TV Company of Belarus and more recently has performed stateside with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and her chamber music quartet in venues across central Indiana. Offstage, Irina is a highly-respected instructor of violin, viola, and piano.
Born and raised in Chicago, blues guitarist and retired Naval officer JJ Stenzoski is a devotee and scholar of early acoustic blues and brings his passion for these musical roots to each performance. He has performed in Russia, Belarus, and in venues throughout the United States, intent on bringing the acoustic blues tradition to all generations of music lovers. JJ studied blues guitar under the personal tutelage of world-renown artists Stefan Grossman, Woody Mann, and acoustic blues master Rory Block.