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story.lead_photo.caption Courtesy Photo Musician Asha Mevlana's 400-square-foot Tiny Amp House will host Trillium Salon Series' first-ever block party celebrating the summer solstice at 6 p.m. today.

The Trillium Salon has come a long way since 2016, when a living room concert involving Artosphere Festival Orchestra members launched the series. The series aims to form new connections between musician and listener by breaking down the perceived barriers of classical performance, and in the years since, has hosted concerts all over Northwest Arkansas with a plethora of musicians, community members, artists and creators involved.

Today, Trillium comes full circle as some of the same musicians who helped originate the series return to Trillium for its first ever Art Block Party.


Trillium Salon Series

Art Block Party

WHEN — 6-10 p.m. today

WHERE — East Seventh Street, from Washington to Willow in South Fayetteville

COST — Free


"I am involved with similar outreach projects including Groupmuse and Classical Revolution, so I'm always seeking to expose classical and beyond to more audiences using nontraditional methods and venues. It's been exciting being able to travel to different cities for musical opportunities," offers musician Carl Larson. Larson is an internationally touring viola player who returns to Northwest Arkansas yearly to participate in the Walton Arts Center's Artosphere Festival Orchestra; he has collaborated with the Trillium Series since its inception.

"I am excited for the community to see what their neighbors are working on as well as introducing visiting musicians and their work to the community," Asha Mevlana enthuses. Mevlana lives in a 400-square-foot tiny house -- dubbed the Tiny Amp House -- on East Seventh Street in south Fayetteville, where the block party will take place.

When Mevlana, a musician herself and the lead violinist for the Trans Siberian Orchestra, moved from New York City to Fayetteville to build her tiny home, she did so with the intention of creating a community for herself. She sought to make her porch a community gathering space as it hosted musicians and artists and anyone else who happens to pop by.

"Especially at this time in the country right now, I think it's so important to break down barriers and realize we are not all that different from each other," Mevlana adds. "Music and art are one way I see to help bring people together. Being exposed to styles other than those that I'm used to gives me a new appreciation of what's out there and what people are creating and bringing into this world."

-- Jocelyn Murphy

NAN What's Up on 06/21/2019

Print Headline: Music, Art Converge For South Fayetteville Block Party


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