SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Pianist Paul Sullivan of Blue Hill and violist Kallie Ciechomski of Brooklyn, N.Y., will be among the teachers at the 2018 Arthur Russell Festival for Creative Music Making to be held here July 2-6.
The festival, sponsored by the Ellsworth Community Music Institute, is a one-week summer day camp for young musicians to experience musical collaboration in small groups. It is designed to encourage young musicians to experience the joy of musical collaboration, to form deep and lasting friendships, to be coached by professional mentors and to share the wonder of performance.
Grammy Award winner Sullivan, as a soloist, with his trio and as a member of the Paul Winter Consort, has played concert tours in most of the United States and Europe, as well as the Middle East, Central America and Asia. He has been a guest on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz,” and he has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops and several regional orchestras around the United States.
Sullivan’s 18 CDs have sold over 300,000 copies and have won 3 Indie Awards. His music has been broadcast internationally, as well as on all the major American networks, including National Public Radio. He lives on the coast of Maine.
Ciechomski is a member of Hotel Elefant, and she performs regularly with the International Contemporary Ensemble, New York City Ballet, New Jersey Symphony, New York City Opera and at Lion King on Broadway. Concert highlights include her solo debut with New World Symphony as part of the John Cage festival, the world premiere of Drake Andersen’s viola concerto “Spring Flow” and performances with Stevie Wonder, Ben Folds, Norah Jones, Andrea Bocelli, Danny Elfman, John Adams and Steve Reich. She has been featured on NPR twice, both as a soloist and chamber musician.
Feminist Counterpoint, Ciechomski’s solo project, champions music written in her lifetime by women composers. Through this project, she advocates for underrepresented voices by commissioning new works, reinforcing the existing repertoire and reaching new audiences through lecture/recital concerts in nontraditional venues. She is a long-distance backpacker, apartment gardener and Citi Bike enthusiast.
In addition to Sullivan and Ciechomski, this season will feature ECMI/Arthur Russell Festival faculty Nancy Colter (piano), Christina Spurling (piano), Noreen Silver (cello), Beau Lisy (percussion) and Mark Tipton (trumpet and composition).
Students will be able to choose from classical ensembles, improvisation/composition, drumming or try all three. Any and all instrumentation is welcome.
Applications are being accepted through May 15. Tuition costs $395 for ages 11-18. A half-day session is open to ages 6-10 for $200. Limited scholarships are available. Visit ellsworthcommunitymusic.org, call 664-9258 or email [email protected].
This year, the 20th anniversary of ARS, the focus is expanding to honor Arthur Russell’s style of music making. Russell was an avant-garde cellist, composer, singer and musician with ties to MDI. His work spanned the genres of classical, disco, folk and rock.