CCC&TI's Associates of Fine Arts Music program presents The Fall 2017 Performing Artist Concert Series Featuring: Chris Rosser & River Guerguerian of Free Planet Radio
|When||September 18 2017, 1:00pm - 2:00pm|
|Location||CCC&TI Hudson campus in room B100|
The Fall 2017 Performing Artist Concert Series
Featuring: Chris Rosser & River Guerguerian of Free Planet Radio
Concert theme: A Tapestry of Global Music
September 18th 1pm
On Campus at CCC&TI’s Hudson campus in room B100
This concert is free and open to the public
Chris Rosser and River Guerguerian are two-thirds of “world music supergroup,” Free Planet Radio. Since 2001, Free Planet Radio has been bringing its exciting and innovative world-jazz-classical music blend to both concert stages and classrooms. Based in Asheville NC, this musical partnership began with a clear mission statement as “the shared vision of three multi-instrumentalists exploring the infinite and seamless relationships between musical cultures through the universal language of sound.”
Chris Rosser is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, composer and producer from Asheville, NC. As a solo performer, he has released four recordings, including the latest A Thousand Hands. Rosser illustrates his talent as an instrumentalist and composer in the world fusion trio Free Planet Radio. He also tours internationally as the keyboardist with master Turkish musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and plays piano, guitar and oud in Grammy-winning flute virtuoso Rhonda Larson’s ensemble, Ventus. In 2015, he began touring as the guitarist for renowned jazz singer Lizz Wright's band.
In 2014, Chris was commissioned by Chamber Music America to compose “Ecstatic Verses” for Free Planet Radio and the Opal String Quartet. In both 2003 and 2017, he was awarded a prestigious songwriter/composer fellowship from the NC Arts Council. Rosser earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami School of Music where he studied jazz piano and studio recording. As a recipient of a WNC Regional Artists grant, he continued his studies of Hindustani classical music and the sarod (a 25-string fretless Indian lute) with world famous Indian musician Ali Akbar Khan in San Rafael, CA. In addition to performing, Rosser has produced and engineered over 200 CD projects for other artists in his Hollow Reed Arts recording studio in Asheville, NC. www.chrisrosser.com
River Guerguerian (Multi-Percussionist/Composer/Educator) has been inspiring audiences with his innovative percussion for over thirty years. Whether collaborating with world-class artists, supporting symphonies or creating his own dynamic explorations of rhythm, River’s devotion and attention to the vibrant life of the drum reverberate through the mind and soul of the listener. River has performed internationally with such groups as the BBC Concert Orchestra, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Tan Dun, Tibetan Singing Bowl Ensemble, Lionel Hampton, Chuck Berry, Ziggy Marley, and his world jazz trio Free Planet Radio.
River received his Bachelor of Music from the Manhattan School of Music Conservatory in 1989 and was granted the school’s award for Most Outstanding Percussionist. He has recorded on over 200 albums and film soundtracks. In 1994, River decided to sell all possessions and step off the grid. He resided in a wildlife sanctuary in the Himalayas. The adventure lasted for five years and led to his immersion into extensive research and experimentation into the physiological effects of sound. River is the Music Director of the Odyssey Community School, and as Artistic Director for Asheville Rhythm, produces the Asheville Percussion Festival, now in its sixth year. He conducts rhythm and sound exploration workshops throughout the country. Visit him at www.ShareTheDrum.com
Free Planet Radio performances expertly weave the improvisatory element of jazz, and the subtleties and harmonic vocabulary of Western classical music, with Middle Eastern, Indian and North African melodic and rhythmic structures. Performing mostly original compositions, even while playing extremely complex melodies and time signatures, the trio always maintains a sense of accessibility, spontaneity and easy engagement with the audience. Free Planet Radio consists of two-time Grammy winner Eliot Wadopian leaping effortlessly between rhythm and melody on electric and string basses; River Guerguerian on an extensive array of global percussion instruments including Middle Eastern frame drums and doumbek, the Indian kanjira, African djembe, and Western drum set; and Chris Rosser exploring melody on the 17-stringed Indian dotar, Turkish cumbus oud, guitar, piano and melodica.
They have performed with jazz singer Lizz Wright, poet Robert Bly, Turkish instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek, bluegrass violinist Casey Driessen, flute virtuoso Rhonda Larson, Armenian singer Mariam Matossian, and Persian violinist Farzad Farhangi. In 2014, Free Planet Radio was awarded a prestigious grant from Chamber Music America commissioning and performances of a new set of works with the Opal String Quartet. In 2016, the trio travelled to the People's Republic of China for a 20 city tour of their finest concert halls.