2018 Festival Artists
Below is a partial list of musicians that will be appearing at Festival Mozaic in July 2018.
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2018 UnClassical Artists
Kristina Reiko Cooper: Around the World With Love
Cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper won the Naumburg Chamber Music Prize. She has appeared as soloist with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, and the Shanghai Symphony, and toured with the Tokyo Yomiuri Orchestra. This past season she made her solo Carnegie Hall debut. Her television appearances include CNN, 60 Minutes, and the Jerry Lewis Telethon. She has released over two dozen recordings for Arabesque, Pony Canyon, Helicon, and CP2. Ms. Cooper is a Professor at Tel Aviv University in Israel. in Around the World with Love, Ms. Cooper plays love songs from around the world, accompanied by pianist Blair McMillen and percussionist Scott Higgins. From the tango of Argentina to the ragas of India and the toe-tapping tunes of Cole Porter, these love songs will be accompanied by video projections to enhance the expierience.
Sponsored by the Shanbrom Family Foundation.
“…lusciously constructed harmonies, the inventive edge that pulses through every track and the unexpected direction changes that keep you enthralled…” – FolkWords
Chamberfolk trio Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical music into something organically unique. Comprised of Maria Di Meglio, cello, Michelle Younger, banjo/guitar, and Jordana Greenberg, violin, each member brings different influences to their core sound. All three are classically-trained and hold degrees from some of the most venerated schools in the world: Indiana University, Oberlin, and the Eastman School of Music. But their classical background is only one dimension of the trio’s powerful musical voice. All three women began singing after they completed their instrumental studies, and found a passionate new musical avenue. They developed their voices and arrangements to bring life to the lyrical expressiveness of their original songs. Building from the tonal depth of the cello and layering in the shimmering sounds of the violin and the strikingly natural addition of the banjo creates a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize.
Sponsored by Jamie C. Barlett.
“This highly emotive music touches and communicates the essence of what it means to be an alive, feeling human being." – All About Jazz
9 Horses is an improvising chamber ensemble featuring Joe Brent on acoustic and electric mandolin, Sara Caswell on violin and Hardanger d’amore, and Andrew Ryan on bass. Featuring Brent’s original compositions and the incendiary virtuosity of all three members, the trio represents Brent’s dual vision of a musical future with no barrier between the notions of “folk art” and “fine art.” Recently they were named the winning ensemble in the 2016 21CM LAUNCH: Emerging Artists competition. In the 2017-18 season 9 Horses will be in residency at the University of Arkansas Little Rock/ACANSA Festival, DePauw University, University of Colorado Mesa, University of Denver, Illinois State and Ball State. Their debut album Perfectest Herald is available on Sunnywide Records.
“...infectious passion...” - The Los Angeles Times
Acclaimed for his engaging and deeply committed performances, pianist Christopher O’Riley is known to millions as the host of NPR’s From the Top. Now in his eighteenth year on-air, O’Riley introduces the next generation of classical-music stars to almost a million listeners each week, broadcast by 250 stations across the United States. As an acclaimed soloist and recitalist his repertoire spans a kaleidoscopic array of music from the pre-baroque to present-day. He performs around the world and has garnered widespread praise for his untiring efforts to reach new audiences. O’Riley has performed as a soloist with virtually all of the major American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony.
Sponsored by Bert and Candace Forbes.