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Acoustic Music Series presents: Peter Ferry plays Mellits and Woods Date: Sunday, June 12, 2022 Doors: 1 pm Showtime: 2 pm About: The Chicago premieres of extraordinary
Acoustic Music Series presents: Peter Ferry plays Mellits and Woods
Date: Sunday, June 12, 2022
Doors: 1 pm
Showtime: 2 pm
The Chicago premieres of extraordinary new solo works by Marc Mellits and Ayanna Woods, followed by conversations with the artists.
Called "the ingenious percussionist Peter Ferry," (Chicago Sun-Times) and “an artist of vision... presenting percussion in a stunning thoughtful way,” (Democrat and Chronicle) PETER FERRY is a young American percussion soloist dedicated to contemporary repertoire and artistic collaboration. Following his concerto debut at age 18, Ferry has championed the works of living composers, including Michael Daugherty who has praised Ferry as “one of the most promising and committed soloists of his generation.”
AYANNA WOODS is a Grammy-nominated performer, composer and bandleader from Chicago. Her music explores the spaces between acoustic and electronic, traditional and esoteric, wildly improvisational and mathematically rigorous. A collaborator across genres and forms, her work spans new music, theater, film scoring, arranging, songwriting, and improvisation. She earned her B.A. in music from Yale University.
Composer MARC MELLITS is one of the leading American composers of his generation, enjoying hundreds of performances throughout the world every year, making him one of the most performed living composers in the United States. His unique musical style is an eclectic combination of driving rhythms, soaring lyricism, and colorful orchestrations that all combine to communicate directly with the listener. His music is eclectic, all-encompassing, colorful, and always has a sense of forward motion.
"In Bloom Balloon, I was interested in exploring the vibraphone’s rich capacity for gradation. I returned often to the image of a dandelion seed leaving the plant—both modular and smooth, subtractive and generative. The title is a play on the image of a dandelion seed, and an onomatopoeia for clustered sounds drifting apart." –Ayanna Woods
"I composed Parkland during the immediate aftermath of the February 14, 2018, school shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida. A childhood friend of mine lives in the Parkland area and went through the horror of knowing that her son was in the school during the shooting, the nightmare that all parents in the United States fear. It is music that is direct, largely quiet, and lives in a stretched-out moment of time that combines ethereal fear, solitude, sadness, patience, and resolve into a tribute to a community that was forced to bear a burden they should never have had to witness." -Marc Mellits
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