Free Range Asheville launched our inaugural season with The Knights at The Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville on February 23, 2016.

The Knights

Colin Jacobsen and Eric Jacobsen, Artistic Directors
Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Suite from Run Rabbit Run
Sufjan Stevens

Symphony No. 3, Op. 55 ‘Eroica’
Ludwig van Beethoven

David Bowie

Listen to WCQS interview Colin and Eric Jacobsen from The Knights:

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In April 2016 we welcomed pianist, writer and teacher Jonathan Biss for our Creative Thinker series. These informal dialogues offer audiences an opportunity to gain insight into the influences and creative process of groundbreaking artists working today.


April 3, 2016

Jonathan Biss

As one of the first musicians to write and produce a digital ebook (kindle) and dedicate time to online teaching, pianist and writer Jonathan Biss has helped change how the world learns about and experiences classical music. Biss joined Free Range Asheville and WCQS Music Director Dick Kowal for an intimate conversation at Sovereign Remedies in Asheville on Sunday April 3.

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Our Creative Thinker series continued with Ken Vandermark on April 7.


April 7, 2016

Ken Vandermark

MacArthur award-winning saxophonist and composer Ken Vandermark performed his first solo performance in Asheville and discussed his new Site Specific book/CD publication. Site Specific is the largest solo document of Ken Vandermark’s career; a combination of 2 CDs of field recordings and over 200 pages of his photographs.

The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design
67 Broadway, Asheville, NC
7pm  – Free

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April 9, 2016

Tesla Quartet

This exceptional program included Prayer of the Bullfighter by Joaquín Turina (1925), inspired by traditional Andalusian music originally composed for lute quartet and later arranged for string quartet; Marcus Goddard’s Allaqi (2009) which uses Inuit throat singing and folk songs as source material; and Maurice Ravel’s, String Quartet in F major (1903), widely regarded as his first masterpiece, this is the only string quartet Ravel wrote.

The Masonic Temple
80 Broadway
Asheville, NC
7pm – $12

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April 28, 2016

Roomful of Teeth

Roomful of Teeth is a vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. The Asheville program included Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer Prize winning composition, Partita for 8 voices; Missy Mazzoli’s Vesper Sparrow; and Said Apollo.. by Caleb Burhans from Bang on a Can.

Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, where they’ve studied Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music and Persian classical singing with some of the world’s top performers and teachers.

The Masonic Temple

80 Broadway
Asheville, NC 28801
7pm -$18

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June 4, 2016


Ole Shakey’s
7pm – $5 at the door / 21+
790 Riverside Dr
Asheville, NC 28801

“Nashville artist Daniel Pujol has built a reputation for engaging classic issues and contemporary ideas in a thoughtful, nuanced way rarely seen in rock’n’roll.” – Sobotka Literary Magazine

Daniel joins Free Range Asheville for a reading followed by a performance by his band Pujol at Ole Shakey’s.

Daniel Pujol writes poetry/prose, makes albums, and performs music. His band, PUJOL, is a Southern Gothic rock band from Nashville, TN. “Expansive, artistic, and smart, PUJOL are the thinking man’s punk band, packing energy and genre-bending sensibilities into releases that find a surprising amount of substance and depth.” – Philip Obenschain. PUJOL has released numerous singles, EPs and LPs on labels including Third Man Records, Infinity Cat Recordings, and Saddle Creek Records. Daniel’s writing has been published by The Nashville Cream, Third Man Books, Sobotka Literary Magazine, and The Walrus, etc. PUJOL’s newest release, KISSES, is a blend of writing and music. Daniel Pujol’s 2015 release KLUDGE, was recorded in a music venue near Nashville that doubles as a teen crisis center. Russell Bates from Sound it Out describes the record as “stripped-down, high-energy garage rock with artful lyrics and a wry sensibility. His vocal and instrumental style evokes Rocket From the Crypt and Supergrass, but his sound is more idiosyncratically lo-fi and his material more eclectic than either.”

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June 25, 2016

Sara Juli
Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis

Dance/theater artist Sara Juli makes her Asheville debut with Tense Vagina: An Actual Diagnosis, a work about motherhood—its beauty, challenges, isolation, comedy, and influence on the human experience. This evening-length solo uses humor, movement, sounds, songs, text, and audience participation to reveal “all that is awesome and all that sucks” when it comes to being a mother. Tense Vagina focuses on the seldom-discussed and taboo aspects of motherhood, such as loss of bladder control, tears, monotony, loneliness, and dildos.

The Masonic Temple
80 Broadway
Asheville, NC 28801
8pm – $15 in advance, $18 at the door
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Sara Juli (Creator/Performer) has created and performed innovative solo work in New York City since 2000. Her work has been performed in numerous New York City venues including Performance Space 122, Danspace Project, Movement Research at Judson Church, Joe’s Pub as part of the Dancenow/NYC Festival, and others. Nationally, her work has been performed at the American Dance Festival, Napa Valley Opera House, Connecticut College, UC Riverside, and Reno Arts Festival. In February 2006, she created and performed her first full-evening solo show, The Money Conversation, where she gave away her life savings, in a sold-out run at Performance Space 122. The Money Conversation was an instant hit and toured nationally and internationally from 2007 to 2012 to sold-out houses in the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, London, Russia, and around the United States. The piece received notable press coverage in The New York Times, The New York Post, and Time Out (New York and New Zealand), on Fox Five News and National Public Radio, and in major publications, television, and radio spots abroad. For the first time, Sara will be setting her own work on BATES college dance students in Fall 2015. Her fundraising consulting practice, Surala Consulting, is entering its sixth year and advises over 30 National artists and non-profits on strategic fundraising solutions ( Sara was awarded the Arts Management Award from Brooklyn Arts Exchange in 2013 and is an Advisory Board member of The Field in NYC and Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME where she also taught, “The Business of Dance” in summer 2015. She graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, with a degree in Dance and Anthropology. After 15 years in NYC, Sara relocated to Portland, ME in 2014, with her husband and two kids and is creating and touring new solo work in addition to building her consulting practice. Since moving to the Portland area, Sara has launched and manages a choreography lab for artists from Southern Maine who meet every three months to critique choreographic works. You can learn more about Sara at and