Almost Classical is a trio of young ladies from Orcas Island who love making music together. With Lisa Carter on Celtic harp or piano and Emy Carter and Paris Wilson on violin, this group has performed for six years and released two full-length albums. They’ve entertained audiences at the Evergreen State Fair, San Juan County Fair, Martin Lund’s One World concerts, Orcas Island’s summer Music in the Park and several previous Brown Bag concerts. While each is classically-trained on her instrument, they bring a unique twist on pop songs by creating their own improvisational arrangements of classic pop from Journey and the Beatles to today’s top popular artists.
Lisa and Emy are entering their senior year at the BIOLA Music Conservatory in Los Angeles this fall. Paris will be a senior at Orcas Island High School. Each has received top ratings at Northwest Washington music contests, both as a group and as individual soloists. This past spring Emy presented a solo violin recital at the BIOLA Music Conservatory. Lisa was a finalist in BIOLA’s composition competition and the only composer with two pieces in the finals. Paris was Associate Concertmaster for a youth orchestra that performed in February at Carnegie Hall. In addition to playing, the trio has been known to burst into three-part vocal harmony at the drop of a hat.