New Directions Cello Festival 2013
The 19th Annual New Directions Cello Festival
Cellists gather from around the country and the world to learn and share about how the cello is being used in different non-classical styles of music.
The New Directions Cello Festival is a performance and educational forum for non-classical cello, featuring performances, workshops, and jam sessions led by guest artists (and their groups) who are pioneering new directions for cellists in a wide variety of styles. Keep an eye on this website for the latest information. Also join our Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/136856902991541/
This year's guest artists:
Alex Kelly is a San Francisco based cellist, composer, electronic musician and conductor. www.alexkelly.com
Ben Sollee is a cellist and singer songwriter whose music is a unique mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz and R&B.
Rushad Eggleston is a wild improvisational cellist who plays a mix of rock, jazz, Americana and bluegrass. http://tornadoriderband.com/fr_home.cfm
Daniel Levin has been on the rise since his Don't Go It Alone debut in 2003. He is an artist who is making the cello a prominent force in jazz composition. He now has 8 albums as a leader. Joining Daniel at this year's festival will be Ivo Perelman - saxophone and Juan Pablo Carletti - drums. http://www.daniel-levin.com/
Laura Moody from London is a cellist and vocalist who explores what is possible using only solo cello and voice to create unique, acoustic, avant-pop music. http://lauramoodymusic.com
Cloud Chamber Orchestra specializes in totally improvised music for live screenings of silent films. Robby Aceto; guitars, looping atmospherics and live audio captures. Peter Dodge; trumpet, baritone horn, piano, percussion, voice. Chris White; cello, looping and electronics. https://www.facebook.com/CloudChamberOrchestra?fref=ts
You can find out more about individual past festivals by clicking below.
New Directions Cello Festivals History and Mission
History and Mission
Since 1995, the New Directions Cello Festival has provided a forum for the exchange of music and ideas in the field of nonclassical and alternative cello.
We strive to embrace all styles of music not commonly taught at music schools, especially those that incorporate improvisation.
Since our first festival in New York City's Knitting Factory (1995), our annual festival has presented a veritable who's who of nonclassical cello in New York City, Boston, Connecticut, Wisconsin, California and now in Ithaca New York. Some of the cellists who have graced our stages include; David Darling, Eugene Friesen, David Baker, Mark Summer, Jami Sieber, Vincent Courtois, Stephen Katz, Ernst Reijseger, David Eyges, Akua Dixon, Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson, Rufus Cappodocia, Jane Scarpantoni, Chris White, Erik Friedlander, Dawn Avery and Robert Een.
Learn more about how our history by reading Chris White's article, Looking Back.