Live on stage at the Kent County Public Library
The Mosaic String Duo erupts with a fusion of musical styles. This includes molten varieties of rock, flamenco, classical and bluegrass.
As part of the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the duo is going to heat up Kent County Public Library with a recital Oct. 10.
Mosaic String Duo released its eclectic EP “Dead Reckoning” in 2016.
The original outfit, specializing in entirely instrumental music, is Wilmington’s Christopher Braddock (guitar, oud, dobro and mandolin) and Seaford’s Douglas Seth (classical, flamenco, and electric guitars).
Seth dished on entertaining listeners without having lyrics in his music, how his duo is different from most and the origins of his band.
Give us a preview of your Dover show.
For our recital we’re doing in Dover, the library hired us because it’s Hispanic Heritage Month and we play a lot of flamenco-influenced pieces, Hispanic-influenced music and Latin American-influenced things as well. We’ll be playing some of those. But we also play American stuff too.
Is it more of a challenge to entertain audiences with just instrumental music?
I think it’s always more challenging to engage people when there are not words. Although I wouldn’t do it any other way, I’m a big proponent of instrumental music. It’s always easier because people can latch on to something concrete, whereas in instrumental music you really need to engage in your own creativity, and own imagination, and let your mind take you somewhere.
How do you keep audiences engaged?
Much of what we do is very rhythmically engaging. The flamenco uses many intricate Spanish rhythms and things that I think are ear-catching.
Also, I think there are melodic hooks. When someone sings, they’re just singing the melody. The average person probably just hears the words. That’s all pop, rock, R&B -- or whatever you’re into -- is. It’s just the melody being sung over an accompaniment. But we’re doing that all the time, only one of us is playing the melody. So we’re writing hooks and we’re writing melodies, but just without words.
How did you and Chris meet?
Before I moved here, I lived in Florida. I moved here nine years ago. I started working for the Music School of Delaware and that’s how we met. We started playing together a little bit. The chemistry was good and we started writing stuff together.
What makes the duo special?
There are a lot of classical-guitar duos, but they’re not playing music they wrote. It’s not original music. We’re not playing classical music, though we were influenced by it. What we do is more of a multicultural, cross-genre style of music. It’s an anything-goes kind of thing.