Thursday April 11, 2013

BELLOWS FALLS -- On Friday at 7:30 p.m., Stone Church Arts welcomes cellist Eugene Friesen and Celtic harper Maeve Gilchrist for an evening of solos and duets from these innovative player/composers in the warm and beautiful acoustics of Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St.

Both Gilchrist and Friesen share a love and respect for the traditions of their instruments while both have been influenced by music from South America, Africa and beyond. The music they make together features rhythmic invention, great melodies, virtuosic solos and Gilchrist’s crystalline vocals.

Still in her mid-20s, Edinburgh-born Maeve Gilchrist has been credited as an innovator on her native Celtic harp due to her unique chromatic and improvisational approach to the instrument. Based in Boston, she tours internationally as a solo artist and with her trio. She has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Darol Anger, Kathy Mattea, Esperanza Spalding, Tony Trischka, Alasdair Fraser and Vardan Ovsepian. She is on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Gilchrist’s debut solo harp album, "The Ostinato Project," was released in 2013. Her Stone Church Arts performance will feature new compositions from the CD exploring and celebrating the harp with a focus on utilizing both hands as independent voices.

The evening will also feature new compositions for cello and electric cello by Eugene Friesen. His new work features live "looping," integrating musical elements from Africa, Brazil, jazz, rock and contemporary classical music. Vermont resident and Stone Church Arts musical director, Friesen has inspired a new generation of classically-trained players to expand their techniques and imaginations. Friesen has won multiple Grammy Awards as a member of the Paul Winter Consort, has toured all over the world for 35 years, and is on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Admission is $17 for adults ($13 for seniors and children under 12) in advance and $20, $15) at the door. Tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, Toadstool Bookshop in Keene, N.H., Brattleboro Books, Misty Valley Books in Chester and at www.brattleborotix.com or at the door.

For more information, visit www.stonechurcharts.org or call 802-463-3100.