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Wednesday MidDay Medley presents The 113 Best Recordings of 2013 (The Wires #12)

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The 113 Best Recording of 2013

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Editor’s Picks 2012–13 season

KCM’s executive editor Kristin Shafel Omiccioli reflects on some of her favorite shows from Kansas City’s performing arts scene during the 2012–13 season.

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KCMETROPOLIS Review

By Kristin Shafel Omiccioli

After hitting it off as students at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, Kansas City natives violinist Laurel Morgan and cellist Sascha Groschang maintained their friendship and officially formed alternative strings duo The Wires in 2009. Since then, the pair has found fresh arrangements of pop hits to perform, run a Creative Strings Workshop in the summer, and recorded and released its eponymous debut album in early 2013.

On Friday night, Morgan and Groschang took the stage on the lawn of the Kansas City Museum for a two-hour concert of contemporary string music, including a few covers and mostly originals from their album. While the cover arrangements were well done and it was fun to hear recognizable tunes (songs by the Beatles and Muse, for example), The Wires’ own compositions were far more compelling. Displaying a wide range of musical influence, The Wires’ impressive oeuvre shows traces of American jazz and blues, alt-rock, and dance and folk music from around the world, underscored by Morgan and Groschang’s highly developed technical abilities.

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Fox 4 News Kansas City

We recently were featured on Fox 4 News Kansas City Morning show!

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Indie Music Reviewer

Not to sound cliché, but the Kansas City girls of the unsigned band The Wires make beautiful music together.  It is exciting to entertain the idea that maybe one day we could see a collaboration between Wires members Sascha Groschang (cello) and Laurel Morgan Parks (violin) with 2Cellos’ Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser (and maybe throw in some Lindsey Stirling for good measure?) for a knock-down, drag-out, modern classical music bonanza!

But, in all seriousness, if you are a fan of classical music, or any music that willingly sacrifices a vocal track for lush instrumentals, then The Wires’ Alternative Strings (recorded at Hyde Park Studios in Kansas City and released March 9, 2013) proves itself to be a worthy adversary for your music collection.

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Review from UNEWS

album review: The Wires debut broad album

April 16th, 2013

The lively rhythmic tales the violin and cello unfold in local group The Wires is spell-binding.

Officially together since 2009, UMKC Conservatory alumni and Kansas City natives, violinist Laurel Morgan Parks and cellist Sascha Groschang have put their artistry to good use in their debut album.  The group’s self-titled album exemplifies the different genres of training the musicians have had. KCUR described the album as “an alternative exploration in string sound.”

Also described as “crossover classical,” by the pair, the degree of emotion evoked within their haunting and dreamlike songs is highly tantalizing.

The first song, “Native,” portrays a level of mastery and form, as well as a high level of wonder and artistry within the movements of the song.

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UMKC

Published on March 13, 2013

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Cellist Sascha Groschang and violinist Laurel Morgan Parks have been good friends since they trained together as classical musicians at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance. They perform around the region, and internationally, in symphony orchestras and chamber groups.  They’ve also delved into traditional folk, rock and jazz genres.

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KCUR KC Currents/NPR story featuring The Wires

Cellist Sascha Groschang and violinist Laurel Morgan Parks have been good friends since they trained together as classical musicians at UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance. They perform around the region, and internationally, in symphony orchestras and chamber groups.  They’ve also delved into traditional folk, rock and jazz genres.  (Parks plays in the Kansas City folk-rock band, In The Pines.

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Ink Article, Laurel Morgan

What are you listening to, Laurel Morgan?

Writer/violinist for the Wires, Tree and In the Pines

Dugan Arnett

Ink

Laurel Morgan keeps her schedule full.

In addition to writing and performing strings music with cellist Sascha Groschang as part of the Wires, she plays violin for the folk-rock group Tree and performs with recently out-of-hiatus band In the Pines, which is finalizing its second album.

She spoke with Ink recently about inspiring albums, the violin and her one-time obsession with Dave Matthews.

1. What’s the album that influences you the most?

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OFFSTAGE

The Wires “Native Performance

https://vimeo.com/60437333

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