Shriver Hall Concert Series: Emi Ferguson, flute & Ruckus
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 02, 2022 | 5:30 PM
Emi Ferguson, flute
The Paul & Barbara Krieger Early Music Concert
Location: Shriver Hall
Hailed by critics for her tonal bloom and hauntingly beautiful performances, English-American performer and composer Emi Ferguson stretches the boundaries of what is expected of modern-day musicians. Emi’s unique approach to the flute can be heard in performances that alternate between the Silver Flute, Historical Flutes and Auxilary Flutes, playing repertoire that stretches from the Renaissance to today.
Emi can be heard live in concerts and festivals around the world as a soloist and with groups including AMOC*, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Manhattan Chamber Players. She has spoken and performed at several TEDX events and has been featured on media outlets including The Discovery Channel, Vox’s “Explained” series on Netflix, Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Juilliard Digital’s TouchPress apps talking about how music relates to our world today. Her debut album, Amour Cruel, an indie-pop song cycle inspired by the music of the 17th century French court was released by Arezzo Music in September 2017, spending 4 weeks on the Classical, Classical Crossover, and World Music Billboard Charts. Her 2019 album Fly the Coop: Bach Sonatas and Preludes, a collaboration with continuo band Ruckus debuted at #1 on the iTunes classical charts and #2 on the Billboard classical charts, and was called blindingly impressive a fizzing, daring display of personality and imagination by The New York Times.
Her website is emiferguson.com.
Doug Balliett, bass
Adam Cockerham, theorbo
Elliot Figg, harpsichord/organ
Coleman Itzkoff, cello
Paul Holmes Morton, baroque guitar
Clay Zeller-Townson, founder & baroque bassoon
Ruckus is a shapeshifting, collaborative baroque ensemble with a visceral and playful approach to early music. The ensemble debuted in Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo in a production directed by Christopher Alden featuring Anthony Roth Costanzo, Ambur Braid and Davóne Tines at National Sawdust. The band’s playing earned widespread critical acclaim: achingly delicate one moment, incisive and punchy the next (New York Times); superb (Opera News).
Ruckus’s core is a continuo group, the baroque equivalent of a jazz rhythm section: guitars, keyboards, cello, bassoon and bass. Other members include soloists of the violin, flute and oboe. The ensemble aims to fuse the early-music movement’s questing, creative spirit with the grit, groove and jangle of American roots music, creating a unique sound of rough-edged intensity (New Yorker). Its members are assembled from among the most creative and virtuosic performers in North American early music, and is based in New York City.
Ruckus’ debut album, Fly the Coop, a collaboration with flutist Emi Ferguson, was Billboard’s #2 Classical album upon its release. Live performances of Fly the Coop in Cambridge, MA was described as a fizzing, daring display of personality and imagination (New York Times).
“Ruckus brought continuo playing to not simply a new level, but a revelatory new dimen-sion of dynamism altogether an eruption of pure, pulsing hoedown joy Wit, panache, and the jubilant, virtuosic verve of a bebop-Baroque jam session electrified and illuminated previously candle-lit edifices as Ruckus and friends raised the roof, and my mind’s eye will never see those structures in quite the same light again. (Boston Musical Intelligencer)
The group’s website is ruckusearlymusic.org.