Paul Winter’s 27th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration
June 18 @ 4:30 am - September 1 @ 11:59 pm$15
Tickets are available here: https://bit.ly/3yNIHdJ
This sunrise concert is a unique musical journey, beginning in total darkness, with the light gradually joining the sounds, to usher in the dawning of the summer.
Seven-time Grammy® winner Paul Winter’s 27th annual Summer Solstice Celebration will take place virtually on June 18th at 4:30 a.m. EDT and 7:30 a.m. EDT as well as June 19th at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time from the cathedralesque loft of Paul Winter’s barn in the hills of northwest Connecticut. The concert will be livestreamed, with on-demand video available following the event.
Eugene Friesen and Paul Winter will be part of a unique “Summer Consort,” which will also include Brazilian pianist Henrique Eisenmann, bassoonist Jeff Boratko, and euphonium player, Clark Goering.
World-renowned cellist Eugene Friesen will be a special guest at this concert. Friesen has gained an international reputation as perhaps the most innovative cellist of our time.
“When I first imagined, in the 1960s, having cello as a primary instrument in the Consort, my dream was to find a rare-bird player who could liberate this soulful instrument from its symphonic shackles and play with the kind of personal voice that my favorite jazz players have on their instruments. Eugene Friesen has taken the cello way beyond,” says Paul Winter. “While being a masterful player in the classical tradition, Eugene has become arguably the most creative improvising cellist on the planet. But above all, what I treasure most is his sound … his singular voice. He gets a robust, warm, ‘fat’ sound, using thicker strings, playing on a fairly standard contemporary cello, in contrast to the thinner, more nasal sound of a Stradivarius being pushed hard to project to the back row of Carnegie Hall. And Eugene does not have the automatic vibrato that seems to be favored by classical string players. He uses vibrato judiciously, but he often employs the straight tone of a horn.”
Henrique Eisenmann is a young Brazilian pianist with deep roots in classical music and jazz, as well as the gamut of unique Brazilian genres. He came to the U.S. several years ago to study at New England Conservatory, where he is now on the faculty. He also teaches at City College of New York and is teaching improvisation to piano students at Juilliard. His first recorded collaboration with Paul Winter is on Winter’s recent album Light of the Sun, but many of his compositions will feature prominently on Paul’s upcoming album, Concert in the Barn.
Paul Winter describes Jeff Boratko as a “budding Renaissance man” who is a superb bassoonist and composer. “And he’s the only bassoonist I know,” continues Winter, “who is also an accomplished singer-songwriter.”
About euphonium player, Clark Goering, Paul says, “During the last couple years, I’ve become fascinated with a little known brass instrument called the euphonium. It has a lovely, warm tone, and it occurred to me that I could have an interesting new addition to the Consort. A friend highly recommended Clark, who lives in Colorado, and played in past solstice concerts with us. We are excited for his debut performance in the barn this year.”
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IN THE EARLY MORNING THERE’S A SENSE OF TIMELESSNESS AND POSSIBILITY…
“When I’m awake in the darkness before dawn – as the birds begin to sing, and the Earth prepares for the Sun – I feel as if life is beginning again. There’s something magical about that virgin time, when we’re free of our habitual patterns and obligations. My dream of evoking this feeling in music was the original inspiration for Summer Solstice. The light joins the sound to carry us into the first dawning of summer.”
– Paul Winter