2017 Fringe Artists
Fire and Grace
Guitarist William Coulter and violinist Edwin Huizinga first met while performing with Baroque ensemble Apollo’s Fire in 2014. Since then, their duo Fire and Grace has been combining classical music with other genres, most notably folk and Celtic. William is a Grammy Award winner and an internationally acclaimed master of the steel-string guitar. He has been the music director of Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas since 1998 and is based in Santa Cruz, where he teaches at UCSC. Edwin performs around the world as a violinist with indie rock bands, baroque orchestras, and popular artists, including a 2016 appearance with Stevie Wonder. He is a founding member of Classical Revolution and performs regularly with the Carmel Bach Festival.
"Simultaneously so modern and classical." - The Huffington Post
Comprised of conservatory-trained violinist Glen McDaniel, cellist Zack Clark, and bassist Nick Villalobos, Simply Three has been enthralling listeners with their unique arrangements of popular songs since the group’s inception in 2010. Combining original works with innovative covers that showcase their technical virtuosity and musicianship, the trio embodies the essence of “Classical crossover” artists. The group has gained an international following with millions of views of their inventive music videos on YouTube and has received critical acclaim from Rolling Stone magazine, Ryan Seacrest, and popular artists OneRepublic and Janelle Monáe.
"...rhythmic freedom, warm colorings and jazzy spontaneity." - The New York Times
Stephen Prutsman is equally at home as a composer, pianist and conductor and moves easily between classical, jazz, and world music styles. Beginning his career as a solo jazz pianist and keyboardist in art rock groups, he has gone on to collaborate with and compose for noted ensembles including the Kronos Quartet and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, where he was Artistic Partner from 2004-2007. His works have been performed by top artists including Dawn Upshaw, Leon Fleischer, Yo Yo Ma, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and many more. Passionate about making music accessible to all, Stephen is involved with a number of projects to create enjoyable artistic environments for children on the autism spectrum and their families.