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Yesterday marked the beginning of the very first night of PVD Cello Festival at The Music Mansion which will continue through out the weekend with workshops and magical performances. Curated by Zan Berry, a musician well versed in the Providence music scene with more collaborations than we can list. He is a cellist, songwriter and educator who weaves together diverse musical interests that reflects in his playing and art form.


“The PVD Cello Festival is a unique event that includes 3 multi-genre concerts and a Jazz cello workshop taking place at several different venues around Providence. I am really excited to organize a music festival that can challenge people’s perceptions of the cello, by bringing together a diverse range of artists who each play the cello in a variety of styles and musical contexts. With Classical, Folk, Jazz, Pop, and Experimental music, there is something on this festival for everybody! Furthermore, almost all of the 14 participating cellists live in Providence, so I am proud to shine a light on all of the cool music being made on the cello in our community. In addition to the concerts, Dave Haughey will lead a Jazz cello workshop for student cellists. His holistic and creative approach to the instrument will inspire the next generation of cellists to think outside the box on their instruments. Dave will also be joining his jazz/pop cello quartet, 1200 Horsehairs, at the Good Will Engine Co. on Saturday night. I am fortunate to have so many creative local artists performing on the inaugural year of this festival, and I cannot wait to see it expand with even more creative acts in future years!” – Zan Berry


PVDlive & The Good Will Engine Co. is honored to help host PVD CELLO FEST NIGHT 2

featuring a short set by Zan Berry followed by

Emily Dix Thomas (EDT) with Rachel Blumberg & Liz Isenberg 

‘a cellist, a studio and touring musician, a composer and song writer, a teacher, and an interdisciplinary performer. EDT is a versatile musician, skilled as a soloist and ensemble performer. Their work ranges from classical to contemporary, folk to doom, oceanic soundscapes to noise, and sometimes mixed media collaborations featuring puppets, tears, and pop covers.’

1200 Horsehairs

 ‘a band of cellos playing popular and new music ranging from traditional to metal. Its members are internationally active cellists who have played with The Trans-Siberian orchestrra, The Paul Winter Consort, The Moody Blues, and others.’

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