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Cello Fury

Cello Fury is a chamber music group based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The group consists of Nicole Myers (cello), Simon Cummings (cello), Cecilia Caughman (cello) and David Throckmorton (drums).[1] Cello Fury presents a fusion of progressive rock and classical music styles and performs for a wide range of audiences.

History

Founding members Nicole Myers, Simon Cummings, Ben Muñoz, and Tate Olsen met as music students at Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where they formed an original cello-based project called Cellofourte.[2] The project in this formation lasted 5 years until Olsen left to join the Christian rock group Skillet as their touring cellist. [3]

The three remaining cellists - Myers, Cummings and Muñoz - persevered with the ensemble, adding drummer David Throckmorton and establishing themselves as Cello Fury in October 2009 to launch their career. Performing almost exclusively original material, Cummings and Muñoz evenly shared the writing chores 50/50. The group remained in this formation, playing more than 100 shows per year and releasing 3 CDs of original music over the next 10 years. [4]

In December 2018, after the release of the band's long-awaited 3rd CD "X," cellist Ben Muñoz left the group to pursue other artistic ventures. In January 2019, Cecilia Caughman, another graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, was brought in to replace Muñoz. [5]

Awards, titles and notable performances

Cello Fury achieved much success in numerous Battle of the Bands competitions. They participated in Emergenza Battle of the Bands and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Battle of the Bands. After winning five rounds of Emergenza, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured the group on their front page. A first place win in the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Battle of the Bands landed Cello Fury a free music video filmed by the foundation. With these successes, several Pittsburgh-based media programs such as KDKA-TV's "Pittsburgh Today Live" and WQED (TV)'s Holiday Jam, as well as their radio stations, featured the ensemble. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh's "City Guide" and the Indie magazine, "Vents Magazine" featured Cello Fury on their front pages. [6]

These titles brought Cello Fury much publicity and opportunity. Cello Fury appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra POPS, conducted by Marvin Hamlisch. By December 2009, Cello Fury performed at the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens' half time show at Heinz Field.[7][8] Cello Fury performed three sold out shows at the Byham Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA on New Year's Eve 2012.

Although based in Pittsburgh, Cello Fury performs across the country in venues located throughout 28 states.[9] They perform at several music and art festivals across America, such as Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA, the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, PA, Paper City Music Festival in Chillicothe, OH, the New River Festival in West Virginia[10], and three separate appearances (2015, 2017, 2019) at the annual East Shore Park Club Summer Concert Series in Cleveland, OH[11]. Cello Fury also appeared at the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in March 2013 and 2014. In addition to traveling the country, Cello Fury traveled to Italy in 2010 to premiere Efrain Amaya's opera, "La Bisbetica Domata", as solo instrumentalists.[12] Cello Fury also performs at colleges and universities throughout the mid-Atlantic states, including Dartmouth College, Penn State University, and Oberlin College. Cello Fury endorses Thomastik-Infeld Strings.

Besides performing, Cello Fury actively participates in outreach events and programs targeted toward young musicians. They were on the roster for the "Gateway to the Arts", a non-profit program that used to sponsor musicians to educate students in the arts until the program lost its funding. In addition, the band performs outreach concerts for "Class Acts Arts" in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C and for "Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania". In addition to their contribution to "Gateway to the Arts", Cello Fury founded an annual strings rock camp in 2009 and taught at "Summers Dreamers" camp held at numerous Pittsburgh public schools during the summer months.[13]

Cello Fury's music has been commissioned and featured by several modern dance companies, including Texture Contemporary Ballet, Bodiography Contemporary Ballet and at the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Members

  • Simon Cummings (cello/composer): Cummings received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University. He also composes and arranges the group's repertoire.
  • Cecilia Caughman (cello): Caughman received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and her Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon Univerisity.
  • Nicole Myers (cello): Myers received both her Master of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts' degrees in Cello Performance from Carnegie Mellon University.
  • David Throckmorton (drums): Throckmorton additionally performs with several ensembles and bands both in and outside of Pittsburgh area.

Discography

  • X (2018)
  • Symphony of Shadows (2013)
  • Cello Fury (2011)
  • Cello Fury collaborated with Baroque flutist, Steven Schultz on composer and professor, Nancy Galbraith's album "Other Sun" (2011).[14]

Videos

References

  1. ^ Williams, Terry. "Cello Fury". Classical Matters. 2012. Web. 14 October 2012.
  2. ^ Luks, Joel. "Head banging strings: Cello Fury combines classical cello and hardcore rock stardom". CultureMap Houston. July 30, 2012. Web. 23 October 2012.
  3. ^ http://www.cellofourte.com/bio
  4. ^ https://triblive.com/aande/music/4616340-74/cello-fury-music
  5. ^ https://www.facebook.com/plugins/comment_embed.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcellofury%2Fphotos%2Fa.10150667822167530%2F10156740080307530%2F?type%3D3&comment_id%3D10156740087557530&reply_comment_id%3D10156740169942530&include_parent=true"
  6. ^ Rohrer, Cathy. "Cello Fury". The Heinz Endowments. 2010. Web. 14 October 2012.
  7. ^ Rohrer, 2010.
  8. ^ Williams, 2012.
  9. ^ Rohrer, 2010.
  10. ^ "New River Arts Festival Kicks off Friday". Charleston Gazette, The (WV), August 9, 2012. 29 October 2012.
  11. ^ https://www.facebook.com/events/2179338772116518/
  12. ^ Williams, 2012.
  13. ^ Williams, 2012.
  14. ^ Williams, 2012.

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