Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Darol Anger & The Furies in Soquel, CA
2591 Main St. Soquel, CA, Santa Cruz County
Fiddle Legend Darol Anger returns with his current Festival group, The Rockin’ Furies. this show showcases Darol’s unmistakable fiddling in a danceable Festival-style context, the phenomenal talents of the amazing young fiddle genius Andy Reiner, and cello guru and vocalist Joy Adams, Percussion Master Jacob Ransom, and the songwriting team of Darol and renowned singer/songwriter Emy Phelps, exampled in their recent recording TREASURES.
Darol Anger is a true fiddle legend, unique in his range and depth, who has spent over four decades reinventing American string music to encompass his explorations of bluegrass, jazz, and music from across the globe. Anger has helped drive the evolution of contemporary violin through pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, The Montreux Band, Newgrange, Psychograss, and others. He has performed and taught all over the world Composing and performing internationally since 1977, he has produced numerous important recordings and soundtracks. He is an Associate Professor at the Berklee School of Music and recently began an ambitious online Fiddle School at www.ArtistWorks.com. His playing and composition overflow with passion, prodigious technique, and a generous sense of humor. He has spent his career enlightening and inspiring his fellow musicians, and vice-versa.
That’s where the Furies come in: Singer/Songriter/guitarist Emy Phelps, Cello Guru & vocalist Joy Adams, award-winning Fiddler Genius Andy Reiner, and Percussion Master Jacob Ransom, in a rocking danceable summer Festival Band. Bring your dancing shoes for this and be prepared to sing!
That’s where the Furies come in: Emy Phelps is a remarkable singer/songwriter, trained in theater arts at Ashland, Oregon's world-renowned theatre program. She was a member of Brian Ransom's Ceramic Ensemble, touring internationally from 1980–1987. As a member of that ensemble she did research on indigenous music in Peru. She is a musician of note in the Pacific Northwest since the late 80's. Her touring career was put on hold while obtaining a degree in education, teaching at elementary and middle schools and successfully raising four children, but now her public work continues as a recording artist, core songwriter of the Furies, and in duet with Darol Anger. Her previous release with members of The Furies is Look Up, Look Down, and she has participated in recordings by Patrick Brayer, Chris Darrow, Norma Tanega, Taarka, and Duke McVinnie. Past venues include the Rockygrass, Northwest String Summit, Wintergrass, Delfest, the Peter Britt Festival, Music America Festival Philadelphia, North By Northwest, the Moab Folk Festival, Oregon Country Fair, John Hartford Memorial Festival, and Northwest Folk Life Festival in Seattle. She and Anger have collaborated on 3 recording projects and tour internationally.
Raised on a small farm in Spokane, Washington, Joy Adams began playing the cello at age 15 and is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. Despite a string of classical adventures that included winning Musicfest Northwest, attending the Aspen Music Festival, soloing with the Spokane Symphony, and touring with the Selden String Quartet, Joy ultimately returned to her roots, joining an old-time band, the Windsor Folk Family, during her last year at Eastman. Recipient of a Mancini Fellowship at the Frost School of Music (where she also taught bluegrass songwriting, contemporary improvisation, and led the Frost Fiddle Band), Joy completed her Doctorate in 2016. She teaches for the American Music System and Denver School of the Arts, and has been on the faculty of fiddle camps in Boston, Charleston, Maine, Connecticut, New York City, and Sandpoint, Idaho. She has made over a dozen concerto appearances and has shared the stage with major artists such as Bruce Hornsby, Ben Folds, Bobby McFerrin, and Chic Corea. Recent highlights include releasing Trifecta, a CD of Indian fusion music, publishing Fiddle Club Favorites for the Cello, touring the Northwest with fiddle-cello duo Half Pelican, and performing at the 2017 Big Sky Big Grass festival with Darol Anger and the Furies. In her spare time, Joy enjoys eating pie and climbing on things.
Andy Reiner, an award-winning fiddler, composer and educator originally from Lexington, MA, began playing at age five with the Reiner Family Band. He has since developed his own style featuring creative, rhythmic melodies, and thoughtful fusing of world styles. Earning a BM in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston launched Andy into a flurry of touring and teaching around the globe - including Heavy Metal , Folk/Hip-Hop, Swedish/Appalachian, Electronic/Celtic, and Bluegrass with The Earth Stringband, which toured Southeast Asia on the 2011 American Music Abroad tour for the State Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Also known as the "Skiing Fiddler," Andy skis every month of the year and many of his compositions are influenced by mountains and nature. Andy currently tours both as a solo artist and with groups such as the Furies, and composes fiddle tunes, songs, new works, and arrangements for string orchestra. He teaches improvisation, composition and fiddle styles privately and at schools, universities, and at music camps across the US.
Percussionist, composer, and educator, Jacob Ransom is currently the principal percussionist for Arizona Symphony Orchestra, and was formerly principal percussionist for the University of Alaska Symphony Orchestra. Bridging the divide between academic wisdom and folklore, Ransom has performed and collaborated with groups and artists including Esperanza Spalding, Y La Bamba, Darol Anger and the Furies, Tiburones, Nick Delphs, Megan Diana, and Rorey James. He embraces both scholarly and roots approaches to music and life, savoring the intricate while holding deep appreciation for the simple.
Currently working toward his Doctoral degree in percussion performance at the University of Arizona, Ransom is the assistant director of Cross Talk, the first electronic percussion ensemble, and works with the UA Steel Pan Ensemble. He received his Masters of Music degree from University of Alaska, Fairbanks, studying with Dr. Morris Palter, and received his Bachelors of Music degree at Southern Oregon University, studying with Dr. Terry Longshore.