Stone Church Arts presents ‘Your Rhythm, Your Life’ concert
Cellist Eugene Friesen

Stone Church Arts presents ‘Your Rhythm, Your Life’ concert

BELLOWS FALLS — Grammy-Award-winning master drummer Glen Velez, vocal phenomenon Loire, and acclaimed cellist Eugene Friesen will present a concert on Friday, Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m., at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St.

A four-time Grammy Award winner, Velez is the founding father of the modern frame drum movement and is regarded as a legendary figure among musicians and audiences worldwide. His virtuosic combinations of hand movements and finger techniques, along with his original compositional style, have opened new possibilities for musicians around the globe, according to a news release.

Loire (a.k.a. Lori Cotler) uses exotic rhythms as her muse and executes with the human voice phrases that don't seem possible in their rhythmic speed and clarity. Her emotionally-charged melodic inventions and evocative percussion-driven interpretations of jazz standards and original compositions are informed by raw melismatic improvisations, jazz-scat and pop stylings, and lightning-fast South Indian drum language.

Friesen is active internationally as a cellist, composer, and teacher. A graduate of the Yale School of Music, he has been featured on recordings and in concerts all over the world with the multiple Grammy Award-winning Paul Winter Consort, with Trio Globo (Friesen, Howard Levy, and Velez), and in his popular CelloMan performances for children and families.

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