Available Dates: Various Dates Available
Age Group: K-12
CelloMan makes great music - from Bach to rock - accessible to audiences of all ages. Using masked characters, stories, comedy and the recorded “songs” of humpback whales, Eugene Friesen draws upon a lifetime of experience in music and theater to inspire and educate. From serious classics to serious fun, CelloMan provides a glimpse of exquisite playing and musical innovation rarely seen.
As the Grammy award-winning cellist and composer with the Paul Winter Consort, Eugene Friesen has performed worldwide. His music has been inspired by trips deep into the Grand Canyon, travels in Brazil and Siberia, eye-to-eye contact with whales, and playing in great cathedrals and concert halls. Eugene’s openness to new experience, his revelations in nature, and his respect for - and ability to connect with - children, are clearly conveyed in his live solo performance that moves from jazz to rock, from classics to comedy, from improvisation to composition, all with energy and ease.
CelloMan is performed live in schools, theaters, at festivals and in concert halls throughout the United States and Canada, where it continues to motivate musicians and foster an appreciation of music among listeners of all ages.
Eugene is an artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He lives in Vermont with his wife Wendy and four children.
Curriculum Connections: Music, History, Social Studies Ecology