William Fitzsimmons, born to blind parents and raised amid a rich blend of sounds, will headline an Indie Series concert Friday, March 25, at SUNY Oswego.
Syracuse-based band The Scarlet Ending and SUNY Oswego’s own open-mic favorite Matt Pfeifer complete the bill for the show, which will start at 8 p.m. in Sheldon Hall ballroom. Doors will open at 7.
Fitzsimmons, called “equal parts songwriter and psychotherapist,” explores each song’s subtle expose of life’s emotional tribulations. His parents used music—filling Fitzsimmons’ childhood near Pittsburgh with a variety of instruments—to bridge the relational gap with their sighted child.
The house was filled with the sounds of pianos, guitars, trombones, talking birds, family sing-a-longs, bedtime stories, his mother’s folk music and a pipe organ that his father built with his own hands.
During his collegiate and post-graduate years, Fitzsimmons left music behind to pursue a career as a therapist for the severely mentally ill. He began to write music near the end of his training, as both preparation for his work and to deal with his own issues, including a divorce. He returned full time to music after several years, and now has albums including “The Sparrow and the Crow” and, due out this month, “Gold in the Shadow.”
The Scarlet Ending, winners of a 2005 Syracuse Area Music Award for Best Pop Record, stretches the confines of genre. “The Way We Used to Be,” a cut from their first full-length album, “Cries and Whispers,” was featured on MTV’s “The Hills” and “Making the Band 4,” while the song “Winter” played on VH1’s “Tool Academy.”
The band has toured the country with its blend of indie pop, cabaret, dive-bar rock and the harmonies of sisters Kaleena and Kayleigh Goldsworthy and bassist Aaron Garritillo. Their recordings include two full-length albums, last year’s “Ghost” and 2006’s “Cries and Whispers,” plus a 2005 self-titled EP.
Pfeifer, a crowd favorite at SUNY Oswego on open-mic nights at Penfield Library’s Lake Effect Cafe, draws from such influences as Dallas Green, Jack Johnson, Brand New, Jonny Craig, Brighten and John Mayer. His debut EP album is “Home.”
Tickets are $12 ($10 for non-SUNY Oswego students, seniors age 60 and over and SUNY Oswego faculty and staff; $5 for SUNY Oswego students), and may be obtained at all SUNY Oswego box office locations, online at http://tickets.oswego.edu and by calling 315-312-2141. Parking is free that evening for those attending this event.
SUNY Oswego’s WNYO-FM radio station and Artswego sponsor the Indie Series.
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(Posted: Mar 10, 2011)