Gideon Freudmann, a cello innovator, has created his own style of music called CelloBop - a fusion of blues, jazz, folk and much more. Not only has Gideon performed at The Montreal International Jazz Festival, The Prague Swing Jazz Festival and throughout the US, but his music is also frequently heard on NPR's All Things Considered. His creative workshops at schools, colleges and music camps, as well as his tunebook, New Music For Cello has inspired cello and violin students and teachers from coast to coast to perform his music by their own cello choirs and string ensembles. Gideon's original composed music has been commissioned for film, theatre and dance. His recent project has been performing live soundtracks for classic silent films. Gideon has 12 original CDs to his credit and has performed on dozens of albums by other musicians.
A classical musician by training, Freudmann earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Cello Performance from the University of Connecticut. Since that time, Freudmann has distinguished himself as one of New England's finest solo cross-genre cellists, performing in literally hundreds of venues throughout the United States, including a featured performance at the New Directions Cello Festival in New York. His solo CDs featuring exclusively original songs and lyrics have received international distribution, extensive national and international airplay and glowing critical reviews.
Freudmann has held several artistic residencies including the University of Connecticut, James Madison University, Ithaca Violoncello Institute and others, and has performed in dozens of colleges and universities in the country. Freudmann has been featured as a guest musician on an eclectic array of folk and rock CDs, and his innovative sounds have been commissioned for video, film and dance soundtracks. Among his non-classical influences, Freudmann cites the Kronos Quartet, Turtle Island String Quartet, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, guitarist Leo Kottke, and the many jazz and blues greats of this century.
- Recorded and produced 12 CDs of original CelloBop music
- Interviewed on NPR's Weekend Edition
- Music used on All Things Considered, Car Talk, This American Life, Dr Dimento, Good Morning America
- Featured at Montreal International Jazz Festival, Jazz Festival of Prague, and New Directions Cello Festival
- Composed Live Soundtrack for Silent Films (latest CD is soundtrack to The Cabinet of Dr Caligari).
- Opened for Richard Thompson, Rhode Island Philharmonic, They Might Be Giants, Loudon Wainwright, Jonathan Richman, Dan Zanes, Dan Hicks, Phish…
- Performed throughout US, Canada and in Czech Republic
- Wrote Tunebook for Cello and composed several String Ensembles
- Held artist-in-residencies at universities in MA, CT, WA, VA, GA, KS, NY, TX
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