In the Shade of Angels

by Eugene Friesen


ISBN: 86851 14372 Category:

New compositions for cello alone and with other instruments. Recorded in a stone church in Vermont, In the Shade of Angels explores the full range of Friesen’s original music — inventive improvisations, dark rhapsodies, swinging pizzicato, tuneful melodies, pulsing rhythms — and includes a captivating duet with the song of a humpback whale. Guest musicians include Tim Ray (from Lyle Lovett’s band) adding sparkle and sweep on piano; Jamey Haddad (percussionist with Paul Simon) in a duet for hand drum and cello; and Jody Elff on electric guitar and laptop.

efriesen225Cellist and composer Eugene Friesen is a graduate of the Yale School of Music. He has been a member of the Paul Winter Consort and performs with Howard Levy and Glen Velez as Trio Globo. He received a Grammy Award as a member of the Paul Winter Consort for the 1994 album Spanish Angel, and again in 2006 for the Consort’s Silver Solstice, and in 2007 forCrestone.

Friesen has broken new ground for the cello, using it in a wide variety of non-classical settings and creating new techniques to expand its role as a solo and accompanying instrument. As Celloman, he has performed thousands of concerts for young audiences on cello and electric cello. He teaches at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and lives in Vermont with his wife, Wendy, and children. Friesen and his wife run a nonprofit production company, Sonoterra Productions.