Anna + Elizabeth
Institute 193 is pleased to present a performance of Appalachian music and stories accompanied by a unique display of illustrated scrolls -called “crankies”- by the artists and musicians, Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle, at 8 PM on Saturday, January 21, 2012. Made of cloth, linoleum, and paper, “crankie” scrolls are illustrated with images that complement the stories and music of LaPrelle and Roberts-Gevalt. Loaded into a wooden apparatus, a hand crank slowly pulls the scrolls past a viewing window that is lit from behind. Once a popular form of visual storytelling, the artists have revived and reinterpreted the medium to create stunning works of kinetic art.
Originally from Southwest Virginia, Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle have each spent months visiting with Appalachian musicians, learning traditional ballads, collecting folk tales, and recording the biographical details of master musicians. This performance was based on the music of fiddler Lella Todd of Kentucky, and ballad singers Texas Gladden and Addie Graham, of Virginia and Kentucky respectively.
Roberts-Gevalt and LaPrelle have performed together at festivals throughout the United States. Both have studied with masters of Appalachian fiddling and ballad singing, and have been faculty members at traditional music schools in Appalachia and in the state of Washington. Roberts-Gevalt was a grant recipient for her research into female fiddlers at Berea College; LaPrelle has released three solo albums and has appeared on Prairie Home Companion.