Thursday July 11, 2013

BELLOWS FALLS -- On Friday at 7:30 p.m., four-time Grammy-winning cellist Eugene Friesen teams up with pianist extraordinaire Joel A. Martin to explore the acoustics of the "Stone Church," the Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St.

The concert will meld Friesen’s innovative artistry on the cello with Martin’s trademark "jazzical" approach in music from Brazil, Europe and America.

The concert, presented by Stone Church Arts and Sonoterra, is the first of two public concerts taking place as part of The Vermont Improvisation Intensive being held in Bellows Falls, July 11-14.

The Intensive, directed by Eugene Friesen, draws professional musical artists from all over the world for three days of study, group exercises, discussion, and improvising. The second event, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., will feature participants from the Intensive on violin, cello, piano and voice.

Friesen is active internationally as a concert artist, composer, conductor and teacher who has worked and recorded with such diverse artists as Dave Brubeck, Toots Thielemans, Betty Buckley, Will Ackerman, Joe Lovano and Dream Theater. His passion for improvisatory music has been featured in concerts all over the world with the Paul Winter Consort and with Trio Globo. His book, "Improvisation for Classical Musicians," co-authored by Wendy Friesen, was released in 2012 on Berklee Press/Hal Leonard.

Martin is an award-winning pianist who has performed his innovative Jazzical compositions, as well as jazz and classical pieces all over the world. He has performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Springfield Symphony and Hartford Symphony Orchestras premiering "Jazzical: Dueling Orchestras."

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

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