Sundays @ Four concert series presents:
Aileen Chanco and Raja Rahman Piano Duo
with the WORLD PREMIER OF RALPH FARRIS's "LED ASTRAY"
(after Led Zep)
Led Astray was commissioned by my old friends Aileen and Raja and inspired by our glory days together as students at Juilliard. I have very fond memories of those times... Lots of practicing, lots of NOT practicing, lots of coffee drinking, lots of video games, lots of listening to Zeppelin... I have a precious memories of Aileen and Raja shaking their heads at the pathetic vision of me blasting "Kashmir" and dancing around in my PJs.
Ah, College! It was a very special time for me, and I hoped to capture some of the magic of those days with this little tune. It was a blast to write and such a treat to work with these two dear crazy keyboarders. I hope you like it. My mom likes it a lot!
Ralph Farris, Music Person
A founding member of ETHEL, Ralph Farris is an original orchestra member (violist/violinist/assistant conductor) of the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of "The Lion King". He has served as arranger/orchestrator for Dishwalla, Chantal Kreviazuk, Ryan Star, the British Rock Symphony, the NBC film "Martha, Inc.," the national touring company of "A Chorus Line", and the Grammy-nominated Five for Fighting on their single "Superman". He has appeared on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "Live with Regis and Kelly" and "As the World Turns".
Ralph's original music has appeared on the world's stages with ETHEL, in live performance on his solo shows and on upcoming ETHEL releases. He has made sweet music with the likes of Alice Cooper, Trisha Yearwood, Thomas Dolby, Leonard Bernstein, Jill Sobule, Yo-Yo Ma, Clay Aiken, Joseph Silverstein, Allen Ginsberg, Barry White and the Georgian pop band Mtziuri. He has toured Europe and Asia with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the former USSR with Intl. Arts for Peace/Children Are the Future, and as MD/fiddler of the Roger Daltrey Band, his viola stylings rocked the United States and Canada. A graduate of Walnut Hill and the Juilliard School's Accelerated BM/MM program, he received the William Schuman Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership. A 3-time Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, Ralph was twice honored, first as "Most Outstanding Violist" and then as "Most Oustanding Participant".
With ETHEL, Ralph is in residence at the Grand Canyon Music Festival's Native American Composers Apprentice Project. The group has toured the US and Europe with Todd Rundgren and Joe Jackson. Their 2nd CD, "Light" was featured on the Amazon.com "Best of 2006". ETHEL was last seen in the Bay area at the TED Conference, on the Russian River Festival and at Music at the Mission & Music @ Market. They will be appearing on the Morrison Artists Series at SFSU on February 18, 2007.
Ralph endorses Glasser Carbon Fiber Bows.
ETHEL endorses Sibelius Music Notation Software. and Beyerdynamic Microphones.
More about Ralph: www.ralphfarris.com
More about ETHEL: www.ethelcentral.org
"Pagannini Variations for Two Pianos" g Lutoslawsky
"Theme and Variations in G Major for Four Hands" g Mozart
"Italian Concerto" g J. S. Bach
"Sonetto del Petrarca" g Liszt
"Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17" g Rachmaninoff
"Led Astray" g Ralph Farris
FOR MORE INFORMATION: [email protected]
More about Aileen Chanco:
bio or aileenchanco.com
More about Raja Rahman:
bio or www.jarrettandraja.com
Event submitted by Eventful.com on behalf of potroast.
Added by ethelcentral on February 1, 2007