Our mindful listening series continues with another spirit-nourishing session of meditation, silence, and sound featuring flutist Emi Ferguson, hailed by critics for her “stellar” performances (New York Classical Review), and harpist Ashley Jackson, praised for her “soulful” and “eloquent” playing (Musical America).
Please bring your own seating for this concert, as it takes place in our grassy Sunken Garden.
Emi Ferguson can be heard live in concerts and festivals with groups including the Handel and Haydn Society, American Modern Opera Company, the New York New Music Ensemble, and the Manhattan Chamber Players. Her recordings celebrate her fascination with reinvigorating music and instruments of the past for the present. Her debut album, Amour Cruel, an indie-pop song cycle inspired by the music of the 17th-century French court, was released by Arezzo Music in September 2017, spending four weeks on the Classical, Classical Crossover, and World Music Billboard Charts. Her 2019 album, Fly the Coop: Bach Sonatas and Preludes, a collaboration with continuo band Ruckus, debuted at #1 on the iTunes classical charts and #2 on the Billboard classical charts, and was called “blindingly impressive … a fizzing, daring display of personality and imagination” by The New York Times.
In addition to her solo recordings, Ferguson has also been featured on recordings for New Focus Records, Old Focus Records, Canteloupe Music, National Sawdust Tracks, Brontosaurus Records, Coro, and MSR Classics. A passionate chamber musician of works new and old, she has been a featured performer at the Marlboro, Lucerne, Ojai, Lake Champlain, Bach Virtuosi, and June in Buffalo festivals and has premiered works by many of today’s leading composers, working most recently with composers Roscoe Mitchell, Emily Koh, Michael Hersch, Gabriela Ortiz, and Georgina Derbez. Born in Japan and raised in London and Boston, she now resides in New York City.
To learn more about Emi Ferguson, please visit her website.
Praised for her “soulful” and “eloquent” playing (Musical America), harpist Ashley Jackson enjoys a multifaceted career as a highly sought-after musician and collaborator in New York and beyond. As a soloist, she has performed at Lincoln Center, Celebrate Brooklyn! and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Qatar Philharmonic, and is a regular member of the Harlem Chamber Players. Jackson is currently working on her debut solo album Ennanga, an exploration of African American spirituals and their influence on other forms of Black musical expression.
She is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Music Department at Hunter College. Jackson holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University.
To learn more about Ashley Jackson, please visit her website.
Jennifer Llewellyn is a certified yoga, meditation instructor, and professional artist and designer. She is the Chief Wellness Officer of Majestic Hudson Lifestyle: A Spiritual Boutique and Sanctuary located in Katonah, NY. She believes mindfulness practices are like creativity: a boundless expression of passion, grace, imagination, and strength. As a teacher, she emphasizes the physical, intellectual, and emotional benefits of creativity, meditation, and mindfulness — both in personal practice and integrated into our daily lives. She guides experiences woven with beautiful tools that help initiate a state of calm abiding and compassion.
To learn more about Jennifer Llewellyn and her practice, please visit www.majestichudson.com.
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