|Monday, 12 March 2012 10:23|
Fiddlers ReStrung Announce
Spring Hometown Concert
Featuring Mike Block and Clay Ross
Saline, March 15, 2012. Fiddlers ReStrung announced their Spring Hometown Concert on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm featuring Mike Block and Clay Ross as guest performers. The concert will be at the Ewing Performing Arts Center at Saline High School at 1300 Campus Parkway in Saline, Michigan. The performances by Fiddlers ReStrung and their guest artists will also include performances by the Saline Sixth Grade and Middle School Fiddle Clubs.
Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st Century”, Mike Block is a pioneering multi-genre cellist, composer, and educator living in New York City. Mike's personal projects include the Mike Block Band and the Triborough Trio. The Band features Mike as singer, cellist and composer, in a mixture of original songs and instrumentals drawing upon multiple genres. The Trio features unique arrangements of traditional and contemporary music from around the world. Mike is also the Artistic Director and host of GALA NYC: "Global Art - Local Audience:," a concert series held at the Brooklyn Lyceum featuring a diverse array of musicians and artists in unique collaborations.
A product of the Juilliard School, Mike has performed as a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio, which he played in for over three years. Mike has also toured extensively with Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, The Absolute Ensemble, Sirius String Quartet, and The Knights. He has performed on “Late Night with Conan O'Brien”, “Regis and Kelly”, NPR's “St. Paul Sunday Morning”, WNYC's "Soundcheck", WNBC's Chuck Scarborough Show, VH1, The Disney Channel, and the CBS “Early Show”.
Mike is a dedicated teacher and clinician and founded the Mike Block String Camp in Vero Beach, Florida, with a goal of empowering students to compose, arrange, learn, and perform music by ear, with instruction in multiple non-classical styles. Mike is also the Lead Teaching Artist for Silk Road Connect, a program through which Mike joins musicians/dancers/artists from around the world in presentations to public schools in the NYC and Boston metropolitan areas. This summer Mike will be leading the first Mike Block String Camp in Saline from August 6-10, 2012 at Saline High School. Additional information on the camp can be found at www.MikeBlockStringCamp.com.
Clay Ross is a guitarist, vocalist, composer, and songwriter based in NYC. He has released four albums as the featured performer and others in ensemble on the esteemed independent label, Ropeadope Records. His music covers a wide range of styles including rock, pop, jazz, funk, folk, world, blues, and bluegrass. After receiving a BFA in composition from the University of Charleston (SC), Ross became an integral part of the South Carolina jazz scene and relocated to NYC in 2002. In 2005 he became a member of Cyro Baptista’s world renowned percussion ensemble “Beat the Donkey,” with whom he toured regularly until 2009. In 2006 he was honored as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador and has completed four tours abroad for the U.S. State Department. Clay Ross is currently performing at concert halls and music festivals around the world with rising folk star April Verch, as a solo artist, and leading his band “Matuto.”
Fiddlers ReStrung is a 17-piece string ensemble featured at over 80 performances annually consisting of students at Saline High School, all of whom share in producing a unique ensemble truly their own. The organization is officially sponsored and supported by Saline Area Schools and Saline Community Education. Students are chosen based not only on musical talent, but personal maturity as well as balancing a demanding performance schedule while maintaining high standards in other school activities, sports, and academics.
Purchase tickets online, by calling 734-325-4FRS (4377) from 8:00am to 8:00pm or at the door. See you there!