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Creative And Innovative Cellist, Oliver Coates, Performs At Big Ears 2017

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Cellist, Oliver Coates, is equally at home performing the music of Shostakovich and of Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead. An incredibly versatile musician, Coates will perform two sets at this year's Big Ears Festival. One concert will present some of his favorite classical compositions, while on the other, he will perform two of his own albums, including his newest record, Upstepping, which fuses together elements of techno and classical.

Coates performs solo classical repertoire, and recently conducted the UK premiere of John Luther Adams' Canticles of the Sky for large cello ensemble. He also is a member of the London Contemporary Orchestra, who have recorded motion picture soundtracks, perform classical concerts, and, this past year, collaborated with the band Radiohead on their newest release, A Moon Shaped Pool.

As Big Ears attendees will hear, Oliver is also a very talented and innovative composer and arranger, even though he modestly says that he doesn't think of himself as one.  You can hear him perform Saturday, March 25th at 12:30am at The Standard and Sunday at 3:30pm at the Mill and Mine. More information and a complete schedule can be found at www.bigearsfestival.com  More information about Oliver is at www.olivercoates.com

Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.
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