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Judge for Michael Derning and Mia Arends

Kirkland, WA
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Portrait of Michael Derning and Mia Arends

Michael and Mia first sat down together to play music 45 years ago. The collaboration continues with the follow-up to their previous album "Cover Art". "Rough Magic" samples the music they heard from childhood to the present, mostly interpreted in finger-style guitar and voice. Michael added some mandolin and slide, Mia arranged harmonies, and they looked to talented local musicians to provide compelling backup. Mia and Michael each contributed two original songs and Michael co-wrote two more with the gifted Seattle singer/songwriter Tamara Lewis. These originals are mixed with an eclectic selection of cover songs - some arranged in surprising ways. 

In this life the best we can hope for is some rough magic - please enjoy!