College of Fine & Performing Arts

The Future is Bright with the Percussion Ensemble featuring Elliot Cole and Peter Ferry

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 7:30pm


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Composer Elliot Cole, Percussionist Peter Ferry bring fresh sounds and rock music energy - Featuring a new concerto for Ferry and film, The Future is Bright by Elliot Cole

"the ingenious percussionist Peter Ferry," (Chicago Sun-Times)
Elliot Cole, "charismatic contemporary bard" (New York Times)

A multimedia event of energetic new percussive music comes to the Concert Hall as guest artists composer Elliot Cole and percussionist Peter Ferry join the Western Washington University Percussion Ensemble, featuring Ferry as a soloist in Cole’s new work for soloist, ensemble, and film, The Future is Bright.
“This immersive portrait of Elliot’s compositions is an exciting opportunity for us to draw listeners into his wholly original and imaginative sound world,” says percussion soloist Peter Ferry. “Particularly in this new work, The Future is Bright, beautiful abstract film by Jodie Mack creates a deeper emotional space around the sounds the audience is hearing.”
Cole will also be featured singing in his Hanuman’s Leap, a dramatically percussive retelling of the 2,500 year-old Indian “Hanuman” myth. True to the program’s eclectic nature, this work draws on epic song, hip hop and reggae, throat singing, choral and experimental music to create something both ancient and new.
Composer Elliot Cole is known for embracing unconventional instruments in his works. Among those featured are: a varied array of flowerpots, used car brake drums, an amplified table, home-cut metal conduit piping, and static from an AM/FM radio.
The Western Washington University Percussion Ensemble is led by Dr. Patrick Roulet, Percussion Area Coordinator.

Elliot Cole

Elliot Cole (*1984) is a composer, performer, and "charismatic contemporary bard" (NY Times).  He has performed his music alongside Grammy Winners Roomful of Teeth, Grammy Nominees A Far Cry and Metropolis Ensemble, as well as the Chicago Composers Orchestra, New Vintage Baroque, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and as a member of the book-club-band Oracle Hysterical.  His percussion music has been performed by over 200 percussion ensembles all over the world.  He is on faculty at the The New School and Juilliard Evening Division, and is Program Director of Musicambia at Sing Sing, where he runs a music school for incarcerated men.

Peter Ferry

Called "the ingenious percussionist Peter Ferry," (Chicago Sun-Times) and “an artist of vision... presenting percussion in a stunning thoughtful way,” (Democrat and Chronicle) Peter Ferry (*1991) is a young American percussion soloist re-imagining classical performances through contemporary repertoire and innovative collaborations. Following his concerto debut at age 18, Ferry has championed the works of living composers, including Michael Daugherty who has praised Ferry as “one of the most promising and committed soloists of his generation.” A TEDx speaker, Ferry’s interdisciplinary nature has led him at home to collaborate on work with choreographer Nick Pupillo that is "full of vitality" (Chicago Tribune) at Chicago's Harris Theater and Auditorium Theater, and abroad to the European Museum of Modern Glass where he was nominated for the Coburg Prize for a performance described as “an impressive multicolored head theater whose effect can hardly be escaped” (Neue Presse Coburg). An alumnus of the Eastman School of Music, Ferry graduated with the first ever John Beck Percussion Scholarship, an Arts Leadership Program certificate, and the prestigious Performer's Certificate recognizing "outstanding performing ability.”


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