FREE // 21+ // 1366 N MILWAUKEE AVE
6pm door / 7pm show

The Future is Bright
Featuring Peter Ferry & Elliot Cole w/ beyond this point

Elliot Cole (*1984) is a composer, performer, and “charismatic contemporary bard” (NY Times). His book of bowed vibraphone quartets, Postludes, evokes “sparkling icicles of sound” (Rolling Stone), and is a new staple of percussion repertoire, having been performed by over 200 ensembles all over the world, including all major American music schools, So Percussion, Blow Up Roma, and Amadinda. He has sung his Hanuman’s Leap, a bardic epic for voices and drums, in 15 cities, and will tour it with Grammy-winning vocal group Roomful of Teeth in 2018 after two sold-out shows at the Park Avenue Armory. His creative friendship (part band, part book club) with Brad and Doug Balliett and Majel Connery has produced opera and lit-hop collaborations with A Far Cry, the Chicago Composers Orchestra, New Vintage Baroque, Metropolis Ensemble, the Berkshire Fringe Festival, and the Lucerne Festival Academy, where they were Spotlight Artists in 2011. He lives in Jersey City and is on faculty at the The New School and Juilliard Evening Division. He is Program Director of Musicambia at Sing Sing, where he runs a music school for incarcerated men.

Called “the ingenious percussionist Peter Ferry,” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “an artist of vision… presenting percussion in a stunning thoughtful way,” (Democrat and Chronicle) Peter Ferry is a young American percussion soloist re-imagining classical performances through innovative approaches to contemporary repertoire. Following his concerto debut at age 18, Ferry has championed the works of living composers, including Michael Daugherty who has praised Ferry as “one of the most promising and committed soloists of his generation.” A TEDx speaker, Ferry has collaborated with choreographer Nick Pupillo at Chicago’s Harris Theater and abroad to the European Museum of Modern Glass where he was nominated for the Coburg Prize. An alumnus of the Eastman School of Music, Ferry graduated with the first ever John Beck Percussion Scholarship, an Arts Leadership Program certificate, and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate recognizing “outstanding performing ability.”

beyond this point is an exploratory collaboration seeking to investigate resonances and intersections across several practices including theater, movement, media/film, non-traditional musical forms, sculpture, text, and installations both static and performative.

The collaboration aims to engage diverse audiences on multiple levels through its exploration of resonances between artistic mediums with a goal of developing a platform in which to create works that are intrinsically coalesced along these resonances from their point of inception.