Aaron Fried is a cellist, composer, and music instructor based in Northeast Ohio. Recent professional appearances have included Cleveland’s Ohio Theater, Antioch College, Duke University, Dickinson College, Kent State University, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and a concert of trance music and lullabies at the Original Mattress Factory. Aaron has performed with the FiveOne Experimental Orchestra, The Cleveland Opera, the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Parallel 45 Theater, Boston Philharmonic, Earth and Air, and as a featured performer in the Juilliard Quartet Seminar, alongside violinist Joseph Lin of the Juilliard String Quartet. As a composer, Aaron is in the midst of a year-long song/composition-a-day project. As an instructor, Mr. Fried teaches a full studio and helped to launch Revolution of Hope, an exciting program in Boston offering free, conservatory-level music training to inner-city youth.
As a child I studied piano and gave a concert with two friends playing Chopin’s Polonaise #5 for six hands.
In the 1990's I discovered improvised music at a Music for People workshop with David Darling and participated thereafter in several of his and other workshops: percussion with Raquy Danziger, Jewish music with Basya Schechter, Meredith Monk's multimedia workshop, Klezkamp, harmonica with David Harp, voice with Western Wind, and two Arabic Music retreats.
In 2012, I took a course in reading music at the Julliard School and played percussion with Karl Berger’s Improviser’s Orchestra monthly for a year at The Stone in New York City. And in 2016 participated in an improv workshop and a performance with Baby Somer at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Dresden.
My compositional education began in the summer, 2015 at the Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat under the direction of Martin Bresnick, where I wrote a score for a slide show performed by Wet Ink, and was followed with a Fall semester course Composition for Percussion Ensemble with Elliot Cole at the New School in New York City, where I composed four pieces for different percussion ensembles.
I continued my composition studies in summer 2016, first with a composition master class led by Mathias Steinauer at Ticino Musica where I composed two works, then in tutorials with Roger Reynolds and Dror Feiler and discussions with Klaus Lang and other composers at the International Music Institute Darmstadt, and finally with a composition course taught by Christian Ofenbauer at the Mozarteum.
In summer 2017 I returned to Walden School where I worked with Renee Favand-See and Olivia de Prato from MIVOS and set a haiku poem to music, then on to Ticino Musica in Lugano where I studied under Oscar Bianchi and Simon Steen-Andersen and composed two new works, one for violin, flute and narrator and the second for five unspecified instruments. In Assisi at Ticino Musica I composed a short piece on the life of St, Francis for harp, string quartet and percussion with the help of Stefano Taglietti, and then went on to participate in Ostrava Days where I presented an short improv score in Tom Buckner’s workshop, studied with several teachers, most importantly Mark Sabat, and revised completely the piece for five unspecified instruments.
In Fall, 2017 I audited George Lewis’s Graduate Music Composition Seminar at Columbia University and continue to do so this Spring, 2018.
Rachel Stott was educated at Wells Cathedral School and read music at Churchill College, Cambridge. While a post-graduate student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama she was commissioned by the London Park Lane Group for their Purcell Room series. Subsequently her works have been performed at the London South Bank, Wigmore Hall and St James’ Piccadilly, festivals in the UK and abroad in Europe, USA and Japan. She has produced a CD of new music, Airborne, a collection of contemporary settings of British and American poetry by contemporary British composers, and written a series for BBC Radio 3 entitled Harmony and Invention. Her first string quartet, Quiet Earth, was commissioned for performance by the Fitzwilliam Quartet at the 2002 Swaledale Festival and a second quartet, The Enchanted Lyre, was performed by the Dante Quartet at the Wigmore Hall in 2005. More recently the Callino Quartet recorded a CD of her music for string quartet, including her third quartet, Wind through a Symmetry, which was composed for them during a residency at the Banff Centre, Canada, in February 2015.
Rachel has a particular interest in writing for early instruments and for singers specialising in early music. Her work has been performed by such eminent singers as James Bowman, James Gilchrist, William Purefoy and Robin Blaze, and ensembles Concordia, Sonnerie, Paulus Barokk and Theatre of the Ayre. She has also written extensively young singers and players, including an opera for performance by children, The Cuckoo Tree, based on the book by Joan Aiken.