Ari Hest

Ari Hest

Ari Hest to Perform at Hansen

November 2, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Singer-songwriter Ari Hest will give his third concert at Illinois Wesleyan on Friday Nov. 9 at the Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington). 

The event is free and open to the public. Guitarist Mike Errico will be the opening act at 7 p.m., with Hest following. 

Hest will perform with his full band, focusing on songs from his recently-released album The Break-In. Several of the compositions are co-written with other musicians, such as percussionist Scott Selver and bassist Rob Calder; both tour with Hest as members of his band.

Like all of his previous records, The Break-In is said to showcase Hest’s vocal range and unique lyrics, emphasizing his low-key mood and acoustic sound. The Los Angeles Times describes his music as, “Good harmonic movement, an emotional direct voice and [he is] a heck of a guitar player, too, Hest has the capacity to surprise.” 

Hest himself describes The Break-In as his interpretation of viewing the world as an observer instead of a participant, “A lot of my earlier songs were inspired by things I went through, like struggling with love and relationships. This time, on many songs I consciously took a step back and tried to look through other people’s eyes.”

Errico will also perform songs from his new album All In, a minimalist interpretation of music and lyrics. The New York Times says, “All In is wonderful. Errico manages to get more sophisticated, more bare bones, more subtle…all at the same time. An amazing thing.”

Contact: Sehaj Sethi, (309) 556-3181