Carrying a cello is a labor of love, most cellists would say, but imagine toting around two as you navigate the city and the subway. Scottish cellist Peter Gregson is used to packing for three as his performances often require both the traditional acoustic cello and a custom electric instrument. In his New York debut on August 8 at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Gregson shows off his agility on both types of cello in works by Steve Reich, Max Richter, Daníel Bjarnason, John Metcalfe, Sally Beamish and Thomas Tallis.
Jumping head first into the world of technology and new media, Gregson has collaborated with the likes of Microsoft Labs, has spoken and performed at technology conferences around the world, and has even given performances at the Twitter offices in San Francisco. With a particular interest in social media, his unusual performance at the University of Maryland called for live audience tweet messages to be projected on a screen in performance-art fashion during the concert. In the recorded medium, Gregson recently released Terminal, an album of contemporary cello music. He also created a track for the energy drink Red Bull, and is currently working with producer Guy Sigsworth on another album to be released in early 2011.
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(L)PR’s Technical Director is Richie Clarke and this concert was mixed by Bill Bowen.
Sally Beamish: Gala Water
John Metcalfe: Tracing the Outline
Steve Reich: Cello Counterpoint
Daníel Bjarnason: Bow to String
Max Richter: Vocal
Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium