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EUGENE FRIESEN/SOLO CELLO
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SOUL OF THE CELLO

Moving from Bach to rock, from classics to comedy with energy and ease, Grammy-winner Eugene Friesen blends traditional and original repertoire with stories, masked characters, electronics and poetry to reveal the inner artist. "Soul of the Cello" is both a musical journey tracing a wide emotional gamut, and an opportunity to witness the passion of a musician in full detail. Eugene Friesen makes exquisite use of the cello's profound gravity and soaring melodic qualities in stirring originals and works by J.S. Bach, but also swings and rocks in improvisations and contemporary pieces which display the cello's impressive range and versatility.

Friesen is a trail-blazer on the cello. His experience playing with drummers from all over the world, plus jamming with poets, dancers and actors have driven him to create original musical responses which transcend the traditional use of the cello. Doubling cello lines with his voice, lightning-fast double-handed plucking techniques, bold glissandi, percussive bow work - these are some of the colors of Friesen's "Soul."

Also unique are masked characters introduced to illuminate aspects of inspiration and imagination. Using masks made by Robert Faust of Faustwork Mask Theater, Eugene transforms himself on stage in two compelling original pieces, one comedic, one dramatic.

An avid believer in nature's power to restore and inspire, Eugene accompanies the song of a whale in his hauntingly beautiful composition "Humpback Harmony," based on a personal eye-to-eye encounter. With tasteful use of electronics and laptop computer, Friesen also creates multilayered textures and rhythms in live performance giving symphonic support to his distinctive improvising and expanding the textural palette of his concerts.

For ten years Eugene has performed the works of a thirteenth-century Sufi mystic, Jelalladin Rumi. Rumi's work is widely known in English through the brilliant translations of Coleman Barks, with whom Friesen was featured in the 1995 Bill Moyers television special, "The Language of Life." In "Soul of the Cello" Eugene performs three Rumi poems using voice and cello to convey the amazing relevance, depth, and sensuality of the ancient works.

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