SONO TERRA -- Sounds Across the Planet
We produce, promote and facilitate musical collaborations and artistic dialogues to encourage intercultural communication, communion, connections and understanding.
Artistic Director EUGENE FRIESEN -- Biography
A graduate of the Yale School of Music where he studied with Brazilian cellist Aldo Parisot, Eugene Friesen is active internationally as a concert artist, composer, conductor and teacher. In 1995, 2006 and 2008 Eugene won Grammy Awards for musical contributions to three Paul Winter Consort albums. He has worked and recorded with such diverse artists as Dave Brubeck, Toots Thielemans, Betty Buckley, Will Ackerman, Joe Lovano and Dream Theater.
Eugene's passion for the responsive flow of improvisatory music has been featured in concerts all over the world with the Paul Winter Consort and with Trio Globo (Friesen, Howard Levy and Glen Velez). He has performed as a soloist at the International Cello Festival in Manchester, England; Rencontres d'Ensembles de Violoncelles in Beauvais, France; the World Cello Congress in Baltimore, Maryland; and the Rio International Cello Encounter in Rio de Janeiro.
A love for children and music education led Eugene to create his popular program for young audiences, CelloMan, and has fueled his work teaching new cello techniques and improvisation in the United States, Asia, Europe and South America.
Recording credits include five albums of original music: New Friend, Arms Around You, The Song of Rivers, and two recent discs, In the Shade of Angels and Sono Miho.
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 with his wife, Wendy, and four children.
More information on Eugene can be found at: http://www.eugenefriesenmusic.com
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