From Bach to Rock
Addressing Contemporary Cello Playing Styles in a Post-Apocalyptica World

Presentation with Ruth Boden (USA)

Assistant Professor of cello and bass at Washington State University, Ruth Boden is an active performer of new and contemporary music styles as well as traditional works. She is featured on the CD “Libera” of Marco Bitelli’s and is completing her own solo CD titled “Off the Cuff,” a collection of solo cello works including works by John Zorn, John Corigliano and the Kodaly Solo Sonate, Op. 8.  Additionally, Ruth is working on a project, “Music Outside Four Walls,” which seeks to inspire new works in traditional folk song. 


Format of Presentation: lecture/performance.

This proposed lecture/performance will discuss the growing popularity of contemporary rock music as it pertains to cello, and discuss methods of including the rock medium in traditional lesson settings to accommodate the professional needs of young cellists, while still addressing traditional cello technique and repertoire.

In the lecture,  Ruth Boden will discuss some methods of incorporating simple exercises into the lesson setting which address concepts such as bar chords, reading charts, and improvisation. Ruth Boden will then play some short examples of each exercise, built upon these ideas. In addition, Ruth Boden will discuss examples from the repertoire that are available to use as supplements to the standard repertoire and how to get the greatest impact when teaching these pieces. Lastly, Ruth Boden will discuss the importance that these contemporary styles play in the developing education of young cellists, and how the recognition and fostering of contemporary styles can strengthen a cello studio, recording studio, and innovative career paths for all musicians, but especially cellists.

Organized by IUGTE in collaboration with "ArtUniverse"