Tag: Cello

Joshua Roman, Cello

Cellist Joshua Roman has earned an international reputation for his wide-ranging repertoire, commitment to communicating the essence of music in visionary ways, artistic leadership and versatility. As well as being a celebrated performer, he is recognized as an accomplished composer and curator, and was named a TED Senior Fellow in 2015.

with Andrius Žlabys, piano


Debussy: Sonata
Beethoven: Sonata in A major
Roman/Zlabys: Only Once: An Improvisation
Messiaen: Louange à l’éternité de Jésus
Janacek: Pohadka
Pärt: Fratres
Piazzolla: Grand Tango

Death of Classical Music: the Crypt Sessions with Cellist Joshua Roman

The Long Version: You might have been one of the millions to watch Joshua Roman’s post-election Bach Cello Suite performance (livestreamed on the Facebook page of TED, where Josh acts as a Senior Fellow). Either way, you should spend more time with this mind-boggling talented cellist/composer/curator, and we’re pleased offer you that opportunity on May 3, 2017, as Josh descends into the Crypt for a solo cello recital entitled Riding Light.

The music begins in darkness with Bach’s spare, haunting Suite No. 2 in D Minor, before moving through sonatas by György Ligeti and George Crumb – both written during the period of lovestruck adolescence, with music that alternates between shaded meditation and stormy intensity – and finishing with a composition of his of his own, the transcendently radiant Riding Light.

Roman performed in the Crypt with Gregg Kallor in last season’s finale concert of The Tell-Tale Heart, and his playing was praised by Berkshire Fine Arts, saying: “Roman is a musician who can afford to expose his talent in long drawn out single tones..often miraculously drawn from his instrument.”

If you aren’t quick enough to get tix to this performance, it’s worth noting that Josh will be performing a few days later (May 6, to be exact) at SoHo’s The Sheen Center – pick up tix here before they’re gone: http://sheencenter.org/shows/roman/

The Short Version: Come ride the lightning with us, in what promises to be a profoundly impactful performance by one of classical music’s brightest stars

Cellist Rebecaa Foon

About the Artist

 Cellist and composer Rebecca Foon has been a fixture of the Montréal music community for two decades. She co-founded the Juno Award-winning contemporary chamber group Esmerine in 2002 and was a core member of the celebrated cult post-punk band Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra from 2001-2008 and the experimental instrumental collective Set Fire To Flames. Foon was also a founding member of the instrumental trios The Mile End Ladies String Auxiliary and Fifths of Seven.

Alongside over a dozen albums as a composer and player with the aforementioned projects, Foon has a long list of recording and performing credits as a guest player, and several soundtrack projects under her belt (including the award-winning tar sands documentary H2Oil). Most recently, she has been a member of Colin Stetson’s acclaimed “Sorrow” orchestra (performing Gorecki’s 3rd Symphony) and part of the band for the live documentary performances of filmmakers Sam Green and Brent Green.