Surrounded by the whispers of students and cafe patrons, the gentle yet uplifting sounds of a harp guitar accompanied the relaxed atmosphere at Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews last Friday.
Andrew Kasab, a musician based in the Triangle, worked with the ambiance, matching the swell of his music to the conversation around him.
Kasab has taught music in Cary for about two decades, and he has performed locally and nationally for over 30 years.
“I have a really great standing with the community in Chapel Hill and Carrboro,” Kasab said. “And the venues there and the patrons have been just outstanding through the years.”
Kasab said he enjoys playing at non-traditional venues such as local libraries, festivals, cafes and taprooms. As a musician, he works to adapt his music to each setting.
At outdoor venues, he said he coordinates the tempo of the song with the rhythm of the crickets, mirroring the rise and fall of their chirps.
In college, Kasab said he studied a little marketing and developed an understanding of how to cater to different audiences, which is why he tries to make his playing complement his performance environment.
“And to me, that's kind of like playing to the wonderment of the world around you," he said. "Where the audience may not really recognize all of those elements that are happening, but that's my job."