3,058 Followers, 115 Following, 571 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Mike Block (@blockcello) Mike invited me to play a track on his album. Violinist Rachel Barton Pine and cellist Mike Block perform the third movement (Maestoso e largamente, ma non troppo lento; Presto) of the Duo for Violin and Cello by Zoltan Kodaly at the Ravinia Festival. Block proudly admits that his singing has improved ... quite a bit. Touring extensively throughout the world with SRE, he has been featured as cello and vocal soloist, contributed arrangements and compositions, and earned a Grammy Award in 2017 for their album, Sing Me Home. “I’m not the first cellist to attempt to do something like this,” he said. “It kind of feels like an arrival for me. “Some cellists have used guitar straps before. Instead, Block straps it over his left shoulder, with his self-designed Block Strap, and is anything but stationary. Joe has also released two recordings under his own name, featuring original compositions and vocals, as well as friend and legendary fiddler Darol Anger, with whom Joe regularly tours. By fertilizing American roots music with contemporary and international influences, they bring an exciting and personal perspective to acoustic music. Mike Block’s ‘Edge of the Atmosphere’ brings a whiff of Nashville to Boston But for Mr. Block, writing and singing songs is at least as important as playing the cello, and when he isn't playing … At home in a wide range of musical styles, through a multi-genre approach to composition, performance and education, he seeks to inspire audiences and empower musicians to find joy in the full world of music. Zachariah Hickman is a double bassist, singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer based out of Boston, MA. Passionate about cross-cultural collaboration through music, Block is committed to inspiring individuals and connecting communities. Block plays with the Silk Road Ensemble. “So, for instance, during Julliard, I was playing cello in a rock band. Mike’s television and radio credits include Late Night with Conan O’Brian, Regis and Kelly, NBC’s 30 Rock, NPR’s St. Paul Sunday Morning, WNYC’s Soundcheck, APM’s Performance Today, WNBC 4’s Chuck Scarborough Show, VH1, The Disney Channel, and the CBS Early Show. Mike was the subject of a 2011 feature article in the Wall Street Journal for his Artistic Directorship of the GALA BROOKLYN Music Festival, featuring cross-cultural collaborations among locally-based musicians. Mike is also the founding Director of Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop (GMW), designed to foster a community of globally minded musicians. Mike Block String Camp is an annual summer workshop for string players of all ages and backgrounds, focusing on non-Classical traditions and contemporary musical styles, with emphasis on learning by … Akan tetapi Anda harus mengetahui bagaimana ciri dari jasa tersebut, apakah profesional, terpercaya,… ArtistWorks Cello Lessons Online with Mike Block Review Mike Block is an accomplished cellist with a wide range of abilities that stretch across a vast array of styles. “I didn’t write these songs more than two weeks before they were recorded. But it’s safe to say that among the classical and bluegrass and folk and world music discs he’s already made, his newest – “The Edge of the Atmosphere” – is right up there with the best of them. “I switched to cello when I was 9,” he said. Block does all of the singing – and cello playing – on “The Edge of the Atmosphere,” accompanied by guitarist Lyle Brewer, Zach Hickman on bass, and alternating drummers Sean Trischka and Dave Brophy. As an innovator, Mike is among the first wave of cellists to adopt a strap in order to stand and move while playing. Ed Symkus can be reached at email@example.com. Simply put, Block likes to move around when he plays, which is the polar opposite of what most cellists do – play seated, with the big stringed instrument resting on its endpin. He was brought up playing classical music but, after hearing the genre-busting album “Hush,” with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and vocalist Bobby McFerrin, when he was 10, he changed his way of thinking. After being the first mandolinist to graduate from the Berklee College of Music on that instrument, Joe returned to Berklee in 2011 as both a mandolin instructor and as Managing Director of the American Roots Music Program. Contact | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.MikeBlockMusic.com. Mike Block is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st-Century." “We’re organizing musical performances at polling locations across the country,” he said. With Josh Ritter, he has also performed with the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall, the New York Pops in Central Park, and many other orchestras in Europe and the United States. That forced me to maintain everything at school that I was supposed to, and then I just added all this other stuff. He has also produced and ringmastered his own circus, released his own brand of mustache wax, and runs a vaudeville style variety show, Zack Hickman’s House of Ill Repute. He earned a Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School, studying with Darrett Adkins and Joel Krosnick. Acclaimed by the NY Times for his "vital rich-hued solo playing," Block's solo performances offer a rich mixture of core classical repertoire with original compositions. So, another part of the journey has been to bring the singing to a level of comfort and expression that I felt with the cello.”. He also performed in Mark O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz trio for three years. As an educator, Mike is passionate about creativity and collaboration. Passionate about cross-cultural collaboration through music, Mike is committed to inspiring individuals and connecting communities. During his time living in New York City, Mike regularly subbed on Broadway as on-stage cellist for the Pulitzer Prize winning musical, Next to Normal, and he also worked as Music Consultant on the 2012 film, A Late Quartet. New album in hand, cellist Mike Block rallies musicians to play at the polls Launched a week after the first presidential debate, his ‘Play for the Vote’ has hundreds of sign-ups By Zoë … The idea was to keep them super-fresh, essentially to avoid too much overthinking. © 2020 www.milforddailynews.com. “Coming from violin, the cello was obviously better, in every way (laughs). Mike Block is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st-Century." “What attracted me at the time was the low notes that the cello can play. 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-5018, Music Resources for Remote Access, Teaching, and Entertainment, My Account - Faculty, Staff & College Students, Warner Collection of Eleanor Steber Materials, Resources for Musicians and Artists Affected by COVID-19, Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students, Summer@NEC for Current and Incoming Students, Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals, Equal Opportunity Policy and Non-Discrimination Policy, Founding Director, Silkroad's Global Musician Workshop. Simply put, Block likes to move around when he plays, which is the polar opposite of what most cellists do – play seated, with the big stringed instrument resting on its endpin. “My favorite part about being in those groups was that we were playing all original material and trying to be as creative as possible. “The thread running through this album is there’s this yearning for self-actualization, self-empowerment, despite whatever barriers there might be,” explained Block. He has played second cello alongside Yo-Yo Ma. The NY Times characterized the performance as, "Breathless ... Half dance, half dare.". Mike Block is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st-Century." “Done Today” is nothing less than a kick-up-the-heels song.