Flutist Emi Ferguson has released her new album Fly The Coop accompanied by the early music band Ruckus. The press release describes the album as: “Taking Bach out of the museum and infusing it with equal parts tradition, funk, whimsy and fun…..a wild romp through some of Bach’s most playful and transcendent works.”
The album features 3 of Bach’s flute Sonatas – E Minor, E Major, and C Major in new arrangements and also new arrangements of Bach’s keyboard preludes, including selections from the Well Tempered Clavier and rarely performed movements from keyboard suites. The arrangements are imaginative and interesting, shedding new light on the rhythms and harmonies of the master, Bach! As you listen to the album you will start to hear a new approach to this older music, as the accompaniments take off into American jazz and roots music, surprising you with how well these rhythms and textures fit with the traditional sounds of Bach. Take for example the Siciliano movement of the E Major Sonata – where the rhythm takes off and explores some crazy dance rhythms that would certainly have been considered risqué by a Baroque audience and by a contemporary audience as well.
The performances are beautiful and exciting; Ferguson is an amazing Baroque flutist and the members of Ruckus are equally impressive, creative, precise, and rhythmic. Her Baroque style is perfect, and her sound and intonation excellent, as is her understanding of the musical intentions of the composer. Ms. Ferguson is one of the most innovative artists of our time and her performances make one pay attention and feel excited about all the possibilities still available for classical performers today.
Check out the original Fly the Coop website for more information and to hear the music.
Emi Ferguson- Baroque Flute
Clay Zeller-Townson, baroque bassoon
Shirley Hunt, baroque Cello and viola da gamba
Doug Balliett, viola da gamba
Evan Premo, baroque bass
Paul Holmes Morton, theorbo, baroque quitar and banjo
Adam Cockerham, theorbo and baroque guitar
Elliot Figg, harpsichord and organ