Ross Feller

Sunday, October 22, 2006. 8:30 pm

Ross Feller – saxophone, Peter Evans -trumpet, Steven Parker -trombone, Tom Blancarte – bass,
Patrick Barter -percussion

Composer/Saxophonist Ross Feller presents a program featuring new and recent solo and chamber works with Feller on saxophone, and special guest appearances by trumpeter Peter Evans, trombonist Steven Parker, bassist Tom Blancarte and percussionist Patrick Barter. Feller’s work has been called “entirely non-derivative” (Gerhard Stabler) and has been characterized as “an elaborate show” (Chicago Tribune.) Over the past twenty years he has developed a musical vocabulary that features raw, ecstatic layers of material that seethe with refined, virtuosic gestures, the movements for which are often explicitly choreographed.

He has received awards and grants from ASCAP, the Illinois Arts Council, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Paul Sacher Foundation (Basel,) Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs (Brussels) and the Gesellschaft für Gute und Gemeinützige (Basel.)

His compositions have been performed throughout the USA, Canada and Europe by ensembles including the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet, Luna Nova, Goliard Ensemble, Ciosoni, Performers Workshop Ensemble, the University of Illinois Contemporary Chamber Players, Oberlin Conservatory Contemporary Music Ensemble, Oberlin Percussion Group, and members of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Prism Saxophone Quartet, and Elision Ensemble.

Recent performances have taken place at Symphony Space, Playhouse Square Center (Cleveland,) and at festivals in Ohio, Illinois, Florida, and Guelph, Ontario.

As a saxophonist he’s performed with George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Leroy Jenkins, Greg Bendian, Chris Cochrane, David Mott, LaDonna Smith, Malcolm Goldstein and many others. Kyle Gann (Village Voice) has described Feller’s playing as “beautifully sensitive saxophone improvisation.” Feller co-founded Dot Dot Dot and Walleye, two ensembles that mix improvisation with highly structured materials. With choreographer Kora Radella he co-founded Double-Edge Dance, a collaborative dance and music company that has received critical acclaim in the U.S. and Europe.