On Sunday, November 4 at 4:00 PM in NC State’s Stewart Theater, Ralph Farris will perform the premiere of Donald Reid Womack’s new work Blue Ridge Seasons: A Bluegrass Concerto for Viola and Orchestra.
Longtime collaborators Ralph Farris and Robert Mirabal will present “Brothers in Song,” at The Hermitage Artist Retreat on Friday, August 3, at 7:15 PM.
Ralph Farris' new ensemble, "Firewood", a "superband" of Juilliard-trained virtuoso violist-composers: Farris, Stephanie Griffin, Jessica Meyer and Lev Ljova, will make their first performances as part of the World Premier of Gallim Dance's Stone Skipping, at The Metropolitan Museum's Temple of Dendur on October 28 and 29, 2017.
The work is part of Gallim Dance Artistic Director Andrea Miller's residency at The Met in collaboration with composer Phil Kline as well as Juilliard's dance program. Miller's residency marks the first for a choreographer at The Met, where she plans to create "new works designed to engage with the Museum’s galleries and great spaces." Stone Skipping, composed by Phil Kline, is planned as a site-specific work for The Temple of Dendur and will provoke a "conversation with the temple [exploring] its multifaceted journey from Egypt to New York City, as well as from temple to artifact, [evoking] our own human experience and environmental footprints."
Tickets and info here.
Yosvany Terry puts his Afro-Cuban Sextet on the road at the end of January with three dates in the Virginias. The band is made up of Yosvany Terry (alto & soprano saxophones, checker), Alex Sipiagin (trumpet), Manuel Valera (piano), Yunior Terry (bass), Ludwig Afonso (drums), and Mauricio Herrera (percussion). The tour is ponsored in part by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's Jazz Touring Network, which is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts' Regional Touring Program. Click the links below for ticket info.
January 26 - Carnegie Hall - Lewisburg, WV
January 27 - Jefferson Center - Roanoke, VA
January 28 - Modlin Center for the Arts - Richmond, VA
Andy Clausen wrote original music for the upcoming picture 5 Doctors, premiering at the Austin Film Festival in October. The film tells the story of Spencer, a struggling comedian and hypochondriac convinced that he’s dying from a bizarre array of symptoms. The score features performances by Jake Sherman, Jason Burger, Alex Wintz, Spencer Eugene Stewart, Gregg BelisleChi, Riley Mulherkar and Andrew Gutauskas.
The Great Song Cycle
August 2 – Portland, OR House Concert
August 6 – Eugene, OR Eugene Saturday Market
August 6 – Cottage Grove, OR The Axe & Fiddle Public House
August 12 – Arcata, CA The Sanctuary
August 17 – Petaluma, CA Kala Brand Factory Tour
August 19 – Oakland, CA The Octopus Literary Salon
August 20 – San Francisco, CA Red Poppy Art House
August 24 – Aptos, CA Santa Cruz Coffee Company
August 25 – Santa Cruz, CA Santa Cruz Coffee Company
August 25 – Capitola, CA Zizzo's Coffeehouse & Wine Bar
August 28 – Carmel, CA Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula
September 6 – Newport Beach, CA TBD
September 8 – Los Angeles, CA TBD
Denison University has announced that Ralph Farris, together with his fellow members of ETHEL, will receive an honorary degree at next year's commencement exercises. Farris is a founding member of the adventurous string quartet, currently in-residence at Dennison. ETHEL was founded n 1998, and known for performing works by its own members as well as those by Philip Glass, Julia Wolfe, John Zorn, Steve Reich, Don Byron and Terry Riley. Read more here.
Joanna Wallfisch will give a talk and performance at Mountaintop Library in Tannersville, NY on June 10 as a preview of her new project "Beyond Joni". The concert, a collaboration between Catskill Jazz Factory / 23Arts Initiative and Music Mountain in Falls Village, CT, will explore the great female singer-songwriters of the 60s and 70s. The full performance will take place at Music Mountain on July 16. Information about the preview is here. Tickets for the Music Mountain show are here.