Friesen & Ray Celebrate CD Release

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 10 Stone Church Arts hosts local cellist Eugene Friesen and pianist Tim Ray to Immanuel Episcopal Church at 20 Church Street in Bellows Falls for a special evening of music from North and South America played by these modern masters of classical, jazz, world and folk music celbrating their new CD release, Colorful Transitions.

The duo plays music by Jobim, Miles Davis, Egberto Gismonti, Thelonius Monk, Maurice Ravel Richard Rodgers as well as their own compositions.

Friesen, who lives in Brattleboro with his wife Wendy and four children, is an extremely active musician and composer, with a diverse range of musical interests and projects. A graduate of the Yale School of Music, he was contacted by Paul Winter right out of school in 1978 to play with Winter's famed Consort, and has won three Grammy awards with the group over the past 30-plus years. Friesen still performs with Winter, who is now 70, several times a year, though in the past it was not unusual for the Consort to perform 100 to 150 dates a year.

In addition to his work as a composer, with Ray in the Cello/Piano Project, and with the Paul Winter Consort, Friesen is also full time on the faulty at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, performs with Trio Globo, is an artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, conducts the Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra, performs in schools as CelloMan and is the Music Director of Stone Church Arts.

Ray, who has played on over 60 albums and worked with dozens of legendary performers, traveled as pianist with Lyle Lovett for many years, and Friesen says that he brings that playfulness to the work of the duo.

Ray has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Lou Reed, Rickie Lee Jones, Willie Nelson, kd lang and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Gary Burton, Scott Hamilton, Eddie Daniels, Bucky Pizzarelli, Lewis Nash and Rufus Reid, and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with Gunther Schuller, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Classical Orchestra.

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