Music in Milo: Roy "Futureman" Wooten & The Bee Eaters
FROM DRUMS TO SYMPHONIC WORKS -
Roy Futureman Wooten is a modern day renaissance man, a groundbreaking drummer, an inventor, composer, and a five-time GRAMMY Award winning member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Audiences first became curious when he appeared in 1988 playing a "Drumitar" his own invention, using a unique hand drumming technique which allows him to play the drum set electronically with his hands and fingers instead of drum sticks...
Futureman's rhythmic, melodic, harmonic and symphonic explorations led him to compose a new kind of music and a series of large musical works. Young Roy Wooten remembers "I used to keep a quote in my wallet by Miles Davis that said "the melody would be found again in the rhythm of the drums and the bass".
With this new approach to melody, Futureman created his own original ballet dedicated to the many stages of Matriarchy, entitled "Evolution d' Amour" along with a prequel Symphonic work dedicated to Le Comte de Saint Germain, "the Secret of Kings". He composed an " Aesthetic Mathematics" translation of Pi and the golden ratio into a rhythmic and symphonic musical message and also an 8 movement symphonic work and a screenplay for his passion project "CHEVALIER - To Play & To Fight" ... A story celebrating the extraordinary life and times of a mixed-race 18th century composer, conductor, virtuoso violinist and sword fighter who rose from slavery to legendary status.
"It's no accident" Futureman says, "especially now that I have realized my own way to melody, harmony and rhythm, that I now see the drumset as a piano and the piano as a drumset".
6 time Grand National Fiddle Champion siblings Tristan and Tashina Clarridge join hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman to form The Bee Eaters. Steeped their whole lives in musical traditions of Bluegrass, Baroque, Jazz, Irish, and Appalachian mountain music, the trio is known for their uniquely blended tapestry of sound, which The Boston Globe described as chamber music's finely calibrated arrangements with bluegrass's playful virtuosity and pop music's melodic resourcefulness". At the forefront of a folk-cello revolution, Tristan Clarridge is a member of internationally acclaimed Crooked Still, and has toured with Natalie MacMaster, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, and Bruce Molsky. Tashina Clarridge performed at Carnegie Hall with renowned bassist Edgar Meyer, and has toured with Mark O'Connor, Laurie Lewis, Tony Trischka and others. Hammer dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman brings a whole new approach to an instrument previously thought to have limited range and technique. His inventive touch and highly sophisticated rhythmic sensibilities are redefining his instrument, and earning the attention of musicians from all over the world.
Carl C Hill Wayside Park (View)
Tiller Trail Highway
Milo, OR 97541