Overlie’s evocative vocals and piano are perfectly paired with Taylor’s strings... almost like an old heartland classic.
Dino DiMuro, Pitch Perfect
As Augmeanted, cousins Geoffrey Taylor & Mary Overlie invite listeners closer to the power of living music with their distinctive style of #classicalrock, crafting tales and tunes cut free by the saw waves of their sound. In all they do, they aim to mean it when they bring it, hence that extra 'a' in their name. When Geoffrey spiderwalks his 5-string fiddle and Mary sings through her heart and keys, listeners might find themselves feathered by the wings of the crescent moonrise, embraced by the concert hall’s symphonic swirl, or rib-tickled by Appalachian fireflies.
Augmeanted’s journey to the DCHS stage tonight started on the DCHS stage. When Mary was a pip and people still knew her as Suzie with boinging pigtails, she sat for countless Community Concerts, mesmerized by the stories and sounds unfolding in this Carnegie Hall of her home town. She did her very best in LaDonna’s spring dance recitals and Ron Conrad’s theater productions. She came to hear what George Winston meant when he said, “Miles City is my melodies” sitting in this quiet dark hearing his Colors for the first time. Come join Mary & Geoffrey as they bring the sounds Mary learned to listen to here, back home.
Though Augmeanted is a new musical collaboration for them, both Geoffrey and Mary are established musicians. Geoffrey is a multi-genre violinist, recording artist, composer, and educator (geoffreypaultaylor.com) based in Missoula. As a performing artist Geoffrey collaborates with Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club and leads the swing septet Night Blooming Jasmine. Geoffrey has also organized concerts in Missoula with world-class musicians, including Gaelynn Lea. Geoffrey has also performed regularly with the Helena Symphony Orchestra and many other symphonies across the Rocky Mountain West. As a composer, recently released his12 Fantasias for 5 String Fiddle. Mary is the creative spark for the band Mudsong, based in Bemidji, Minnesota (mudsong.net).