2012 New Directions Cello Festival

The 18th Annual New Directions Cello Festival took place at Ithaca College, Ithaca NY  June 8, 9, 10, 2012 

Guest artists include Matt Haimovitz and Uccello, Dave Eggar and Deoro Trio, Ancient Device with cellist Kelly Ellis, Matt Turner and Ashia Grzesik.  Register now or purchase concert tickets.  10% discount for members. 

See the complete New Directions 2012 Schedule of Workshops and Performances. June 8, 9, 10, 2012

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Matt Haimovitz and Uccellowww.matthaimovitz.com Matt Hamovitz is Professor of Cello at McGill University in Montreal where he founded his cello octet Uccello which performs jazz classics in original arrangements by Rome Prize-winning composer David Sanford. In their recording Meeting of Spirits the cellos wail, slide, and swing in an all-new big band sound – joined by dazzling musical contributions from guitar legend John McLaughlin, percussionist Matt Wilson and Jan Jarczyck on keyboards – in works by Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu), Miles Davis, Billy Strayhorn and other jazz greats.

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Dave Eggar & “Deoro” Trio
www.daveeggarmusic.com Dave’s mission to “not just cross over, but to cross through” multiple genres of music is apparent in all of his releases. Whether it’s classical, reggae, bluegrass, jazz, pop, or world music, Eggar finds a common voice within his musical vocabulary and introduces it with his own unique imaginative vision.

Kelly Ellis & “Ancient Device”
http://ancientdevice.com From NW Arkansas, this trio is comprised of brothers Kelly (cello and voice) and Riley (bass) Ellis plus drummer Adam Parker. They have worked with Victor Wooten who helped them record and produce their album “Louder Than Words.”

Matt Turner
http://improvcellist.com Regarded as one of the leading improvising cellists, Turner performs everything from 20th century new music to alternative rock and improvised avant-garde. He studied with Dave Holland, Gerri Allen and Joe Maneri and has performed at JVC Jazz Festival, Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival.

Ashia Grzesik,
Portland based cellist, singer and songwriter  – http://ashiagrzesik.com,  creates songs with elements of cabaret, folk, pop, and dark Americana. Using the name Ashia and the Bison Rouge for her solo gigs, her songs and writing reflect longing for her Slavic roots with Chopineasque and gypsy musings and the blues, rock, and open harmonies of the New World, as well as classical infused Chamber Pop.

The Friday and Saturday concert schedule is below.

All concerts are open to the public and take place at the Hockett Recital Hall in the Whalen Center for Music at Ithaca College. Tickets for Friday and Saturday are $20 general, $12 students and seniors and $6 for children under 12. Sunday concert is free.

You can find out more about and see pictures of individual past festivals by clicking on them below.  —Chris White

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