Peter Mezoian brings his skills in playing and storytelling
to Bar Mills Community Church.
His style is that of a modern-day bard, mixing storytelling with mesmerizing fret work on the banjo.
Music has always been the warmest and most-effective bridge to break down social barriers and insecurities, and bring people together to support a good cause. It unites ideas and efforts, and in the case of world-renown banjoist Peter Mezoian, it allows him to use his skill to help those who are paralyzed to walk again.
The South Portland, Maine-native has played all over the world, with shows in more than 50 countries — even playing in Antarctica — and has a passion for the interaction between audience and performer.
For many, the banjo conjures up images of smokey Appalachia and foot-stomping, high-energy bluegrass around a campfire high in the mountains. But the versatile instrument also has a more classical four-string side that spans the gamut of musical tastes and lends itself to jazz, big band, rock and roll, and blues flavors.
Mezoian walks the audience through a musical history of the instrument, transitioning from early Irving Berlin and George Gershwin numbers, into ragtime, some Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe, then on to jazz numbers from Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, and all the way to the classic age of rock and roll with the Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel.
For more information about Peter Mezioan visit his website:peterbanjo.com