The 2017-18 Winter Wind Concert series opens with Ari Hest, who just released Natural, his ninth LP. A recent duets album with Judy Collins, Silver Skies Blue, was nominated for a Grammy award for "Best Folk Album" of 2017. Hest's music has been heard on TV and movies The Path, The Lincoln Lawyer, Private Practice, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill. He also scored music for Dreamriders, a documentary film which won several independent film awards. Hest has been making music and touring the planet for about 15 years.