Williams and Dunsavage perform

Through their compositions, Christine Williams and Ed Dunsavage strive to create atmosphere, tell a story and express emotion.

The Ashland duo will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Medford's newest music venue, the Artistic Piano Gallery, 1390 Biddle Road, Medford.

For their performance, they will draw from their eclectic repertoire of jazz, pop, classical and folk music as well as songs from their debut album, "Lazy Afternoon," released in December 2009.

"We're more about creating atmosphere as opposed to showing off technique," says Dunsavage, referring to his musical chops.

A guitarist, Dunsavage has played and taught in the Rogue Valley for nearly 20 years. He worked for two seasons at Oregon Shakespeare Festival's world premiere of "Tracy's Tiger" and the "Clay Cart" and served as the artistic and education director for the Siskiyou Institute.

Williams is both a singer and actress, performing at regional theatres and concert stages around the word. In addition to being part of several ensembles, she worked eight seasons with OSF as well as with the Oregon Cabaret Theatre and Rogue Music Theatre. She now teaches voice at Southern Oregon University.

In addition to songs from the album, Dunsavage and Williams will perform an eclectic program covering less-familiar jazz standards, some Americana and a few surprises.

At 6:30 p.m., the duo will present on "Interpreting the Popular Song," in which they will discuss their individual process of selecting, arranging and recording songs that fit their specific abilities.

Tickets are $10 for the concert and pre-concert talk. Wine and refreshments will be available. Call 541-301-7988.

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