Stephanie Winters is a New York-based cellist with a wide-ranging career as a concert-keynote artist and workshop leader. For more than twenty years she has toured extensively in North America; more recently, she has also performed in Europe and Southeast Asia. She has worked with Robin Spielberg, Richie Havens and Dar Williams. Her TV credits include performances with Corinne Bailey Rae and Ellie Goulding on Saturday Night Live, Enya on Regis and Kelly, and with Richie Havens for the 2008 Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony, which was broadcast worldwide to millions
Just as Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp has served as the headwaters of Florida’s Suwanee River, so has it served as the inspirational headwaters for Walter Parks‘ unique guitar concept – a banjo-esque fingerpicking style that toggles between expressing the swamp’s beautiful side – its foggy, ambient underbelly and it’s eminent danger via the use of a modicum of pleasant distortion. Inspired by the sultry black gospel that wails from storefront churches and roadhouses in the American southeast, Parks’s raspy vocal lows and soaring operatic falsetto explore the frontier of the modern human spirit in search of a place where it can flourish. Walter is the former lead guitarist for the late Richie Havens and has played in Madison Square Garden in New York and the Blue Note in Milan, Italy.
Throughout the 1990s, Walter and Stephanie performed as the folk rock duo The Nudes. In their appearance at Music at the Mansion, they will each be performing solo sets as well as reuniting for a rare duo set.