Cello Man: Playing with Birds and Whales - Eugene Friesen: The Green Interview Series
Catalogue Number: PT0028
Producer: Paper Tiger
Subject: Arts, Canadian World Studies, Documentary, Environmental Studies, Music, Nature
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2017
Running Time: 60
Closed Captions: Yes
This episode of The Green Interview features Eugene Friesen, a Grammy award-winning cellist and composer who teaches at the Berkley School of Music in Boston and who integrates the sounds of the natural world into everything he does. He plays the cello as a squirrel might play it, as a bear might play, as a great master like Pablo Casals played it. His compositions embrace the songs of whales and songbirds. He is also a great believer in listening deeply and paying profound and contemplative attention and being truly present in the world, activities that our traditional educations, whether in music or in other disciplines, really attempt to drive out of us. In a sense Friesen’s musical orientation is to go beyond the formalities of his classical training and back to our original state of simply being in the world, making harmonies with our fellow creatures.
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