The Mather Homestead's new "barn" and property offer a beautiful location for concerts.  We intend to host a variety of musicians from singers to instrumentalists, and from Classical to Contemporary.  

Caryn Lin - Electric Violinist

Saturday, March 6th 

3 pm -- recommended for younger kids and parents

5 pm -- recommended for adults

7 pm -- recommended for all! 

Caryn plays her four, five and six string electric violins, using looping to create short, on-the-spot recordings of her violin, voice, and percussion instruments.  As she plays the violin, the recorded snippets play back in a continue loop adding fascinating layers of sound over deceptively simple melodies. The result is a live show that is spectacular and like no other - catchy, mesmerizing, and very entertaining!   

About Caryn


There is no previously-defined category for Caryn’s unique genre. A classically trained violinist who became an electric violinist, composer, and education innovator, Caryn finds influence in everything. Her music has been described as “The Musical Equivalent of Light Traveling Through A Prism." And as “The Transcendent Marriage Between Melody & Atmosphere.”


The Cherry Hill, New Jersey native started violin lessons at age 9, and soon began studies with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Larry Grika. She earned a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Northwestern University. Even then she took an inspired approach to the violin; after class, she’d contentedly jam to her Jackson Browne and Bob Dylan records.


After graduation Caryn moved to Germany to study under virtuoso Suzanne Lautenbacher. While there, she stayed true to her love of innovation, jamming with street musicians and playing in several bands. During a show on her last night in Germany, a guitarist wondered what would happen if they plugged an echo box into the pick up on her acoustic violin. Caryn listened entranced as the sound of her violin filled the room, accompanying itself, and creating a fantastic soundscape unlike anything else she’d ever heard – as exciting as an electric guitar but even closer to her heart. The misfit classical musician had found her place.

Years of concentrated experimentation with sound, results in a live show that is spectacular. Caryn plays her 4, 5 and 6 string electric violins, using looping to create short, on-the–spot recordings of her voice, percussion, and other sounds. As she plays the violin, the recorded snippets play back in a continuous loop adding fascinating layers of sound over deceptively simple melodies. The resulting music is both otherworldly and totally catchy: mesmerizing and unique. 

"unlike the music defined by pure genre, Lin's only limits are those of her electric violin" - new york post

Caryn has played everywhere from Lincoln Center to the Crayola Crayon Factory; the Kimmel Center to Six Flags ; A Monestary in the French Alps to hundreds of thousands of kids in schools & community venues. Her music has been featured on MTV’s “The Real World,” and on 150 international radio stations including Sirius/XM satellite. Both she & her music appear in the movie Philadelphia. A sixth studio album is in the works. Her educational programs have been performed in over 3,500 schools for half a million people. Both the educational shows & adult concerts are now available for live streaming!

Carol of the Bells performance above.  She uses a foot pedal (not visible in this video) to "loop" and "layer" the music.  

Please consider becoming a patron of our music events!  We will add you to our program and to our list below!

Music at Mather Patrons


Lynn Chistopher

Meredith Edwards

Heather Raker

Tammy Sload

Petting Zoo



Zack Ely and his bandmates will be taking the stage ... or lawn ...  stay tuned for date.


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Mailing address:  PO Box 1054, Darien, CT  06820, 203-202-7602

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