Acoustic Eidolon launches Conerts in the Pines series |

Acoustic Eidolon launches Conerts in the Pines series

Don’t miss the first of three “Concerts in the Pines” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Grand Arts Center in Grand Lake, 913 Park Ave. This dynamic duo will win your hearts with their upbeat music honed from years together both professionally and personally.

Joe Cook and Hannah Alkire ( joined forces on the music scene in 1998. This confluence of two gifted musicians has resulted in the internationally acclaimed duo, Acoustic Eidolon.

Joe Scott performs on a custom-designed double-neck guitjo, a banjo/guitar combination created exclusively by Joe and deemed by USA Today as “a beautiful harp-like sounding instrument. … like nothing they’ve ever heard before.”

The double-neck guitjo has 14 strings. Joe can play both necks simultaneously, a technique he developed over time which continues to awe his peers as well as Acoustic Eidolon’s audiences.

Hannah Alkire was classically trained on the cello. She studied with G. Magyar of the Hungarian String Quartet and has won accolades worldwide for her exquisite tone and mesmerizing emotion she puts into each performance. Her inquisitive nature has prompted her to take her cello playing into uncharted territories, risky moves that have continued her reputation as a tour-de-force in cello performance.

Acoustic Eidolon calls Colorado home, though they have performed extensively throughout the world. They have seven CDs and one DVD to their credit.

With a repertoire that defies categorization, their signature sound knows no bounds as their music travels through Celtic, World, Latin and Folk music influences. At times, even some Asian tonal poems and hard rock are blended into the mix.

Dirty Linen Magazine praises them as “a sumptuous musical feast.” They are described by the Swallow Hill Music Association as “an evening of brilliant instrumentality,” and Georgia’s Good Life Magazine enthuses, “Acoustic Eidolon offers concert-goers a chance to absorb some of the most powerful and intriguing music on the scene today.”

The convergence of their talents took Joe and Hannah a step further, sharing not only a musical vision but a life vision. They were married in 2001. Joe and Hannah’s live performances are a direct reflection of their musical and emotional alliances.

It is Acoustic Eidolon’s crowning feat that in their performances, they create a seamless experience from their radically different musical vantage points. Their passionate live music and thoughtful, humorous rapport stand them above the crowd, engaging their audiences in spontaneous applause, laughter and appreciation. In their words, “We consider it a great honor and privilege to travel and share our music and meet so many wonderful people all over this world. There is no other experience like doing what you love with the one you love.”

Come and join this celebration of music and life.