A few of the six thousand listeners.
EUGENE FRIESEN, composer/cellist, is at the forefront
of a new generation of musicians versed in classical, popular and
world music. A graduate of the Yale School of Music, he is active
as a performer, composer, teacher and recording artist.
Friesen's gift for the responsive flow of improvisatory music has
been featured in concerts all over the world with the Paul Winter
Consort, Trio Globo, and with poets Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Coleman
Barks. He has performed as a soloist at the International Cello
Festival in Manchester, England; Rencontres d'Ensembles de Violoncelles
in Beauvais, France; International Cello Encounter in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil; and at the World Cello Congress in Baltimore, Maryland.
His compositional credits include five albums of original music:
Sono Miho, In The Shade Of Angels, New Friend, Arms Around You and
The Song of Rivers; Grasslands, a symphony premiered on the Kansas
prairie in 1997; Earth Requiem: Stories of Hope, an oratorio first
performed in 1991; The Brementown Musicians with Bob Hoskins for
Rabbit Ears Productions in 1992; Sabbaths, settings of poems by
Wendell Berry premiered by the Brattleboro Music Center in 1999;
and numerous scores for documentary films. Eugene's music can also
be heard on the recordings of Trio Globo, which he founded in 1992
with Howard Levy and Glen Velez.
Friesen was awarded a Grammy award as a member of the Paul Winter
Consort in 1994 and 2006.
Friesen was the 1999 recipient of grants from the Lila Wallace/Reader’s
Digest Fund and Continental Harmony to compose a symphonic setting
of Carl Sandburg's PRAIRIE, which was premiered in June of 2001
at PrairieFest in Kansas.
CelloMan, his one-man show for young audiences, features a wide
variety of music on solo cello: classical, jazz, blues and rock.
Created in collaboration with maskmaker/choreographer Robert Faust,
CelloMan has been performed widely in the United States and Canada.
The CelloMan video was released in 1999.
Eugene is an artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the
Divine in New York City, and on the faculty of the Berklee College
of Music in Boston. He lives in Vermont.
PAUL WINTER's musical realm has long embraced
the traditions of the world's cultures, as well as the extraordinary
voices of what he refers to as "the greater symphony of the
Earth." His concert tours and recording expeditions have taken
him to thirty-seven countries and to wilderness areas on six continents,
into which he has traveled on rafts, mules, dog sleds, horses, kayaks,
sailboats, steamers, tugboats and Land Rovers.
Paul's journey started in Altoona, Pennsylvania, where he began
playing drums, piano and clarinet after the age of five, and then
fell in love with saxophone in the fourth grade.
At Northwestern University in Chicago Winter formed a jazz sextet,
which won the 1961 Intercollegiate Jazz Festival and was signed
to a contract with Columbia Records by the legendary producer John
Hammond. In 1962 the Paul Winter Sextet was sent by the U.S. State
Department on a six-month tour of twenty-three countries of Latin
Brazil became a second home for Paul in the mid-'60s where he recorded
several albums. Brazilian guitar, Afro-Brazilian percussion, and
the symphonic music of Villa-Lobos inspired the aural-vision of
the new ensemble he would call the Paul Winter Consort. Launched
in 1967, the Consort became the forum for the whole world of diverse
music Paul loved. Paul Winter remembers, "I borrowed the name
'consort' from the ensembles of Shakespeare's time, the house bands
of the Elizabethan Theater, which adventurously blended woodwinds,
strings and percussion, the same families of instruments I wanted
to combine in our 'contemporary' consort."
The rich sound textures and special blend of the distinctive acoustic
instrumental voices of Paul Winter and the Consort give Winter's
Earth Music its unique and alluring quality; recorded sounds from
the natural world are often interwoven with classical and ethnic
traditions, the whole infused with the spontaneous spirit of jazz.
GLEN VELEZ is a virtuoso percussionist who has
merged his background in Western percussion with the study of tambourine
performance styles from around the world. He has take his experience
of these different traditions in frame drumming and forged a new
and unique music of his own.
Glen studied Western percussion with Fred Hinger, Brazilian with
Erasto Vasconcelos and Dom Um Ramao, South Indian with Ramnad V.
Rhagavan, Arab with Hanna Mirhige, Azerbajani with Zevulon Avsolamov,
South Italian with Allesandra Belloni, and African with Ephat Mujeru.
An internationally recognized authority on tambourine history, Glen
has given lectures and workshops at the Manhattan School of Music,
Boston University, University of Southern California, University
of Madrid and the Schola Cantorum in Switzerland. Since 1983 he
has worked with the Remo Drum Company developing a line of frame
drums and conducting workshops.
Glen has been an integral part of the Steve Reich Ensemble since
1971 and has recorded and performed widely with the Paul Winter
Consort. He has been featured with the Stuttgart Ballet Orchestra,
Brooklyn Philharmonia, Opera orchestra of New York, Group for Contemporary
Music, Orchestra of Our Time, Giora Fiedman (klezmer musician),
Charlie Mariano and Richard Stoltzman. He has recorded for ECM,
CBS, Vanguard, RCA, Deutsche Gramophon, New World, Nonesuch, Opus
One, Capital and Living Music.
As a composer, Glen has created a compelling music distinctly his
own. Out of the rich traditions of world music he has woven a new
and beautiful tapestry of rhythmic music that has brought a deep
response from those who have heard it. He has performed his own
music throughout the U.S. and Europe.
SATOSHI TAKEISHI, percussionist, was born in Mito,
Japan. In 1981 he came to the US to attend The Berklee College of
Music in Boston. He later moved to Colombia, South America to study
Latin-American music and worked there with Francisco Zumaque and
the Bogota Symphony Orchestra. Subsequently Satoshi moved to New
York City and began his career as a drummer and percussionist. Satoshi's
Latin-American studies have proven fruitful and he has been drumming
for some of the best Latin musicians on the road and in the studio.
He has toured and recorded with Latin Jazz flutist Nestor Torres
and helped in the production of Torres' album “Morning Ride”
for Polygram. He was also the drummer with Ray Barretto's group
with whom he toured and recorded “Ancestral Messages”
on the Picante, Concord label. For the past four years Satoshi has
been recording and touring as a member of the Eliane Elias Trio.
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