The Knights on WCQS


The Knights, a critically acclaimed orchestral collective, were featured on WCQS on February 22 and 23, 2016. WCQS Music Director Dick Kowal interviewed members of the group and the ensemble was also be featured on The State of Things on Tuesday, February 23 at Noon. On April 26 at 10am listen to a broadcast on WCQS of the entire Asheville performance from February 23.

Source: The Knights on WCQS

Free Range Asheville Presents Roomful of Teeth – Asheville Grit by Ali McGhee 

Free Range Asheville put on its inaugural performances last February and has been going steady since then. They’re back with a spring and summer lineup that highlights the experimental, the inspired, the irreverent, and the strangely beautiful. This Thursday, they’re bringing a group of a cappella singers that will force you to abandon all expectations about the genre: the Massachusetts-based Roomful of Teeth. The performance is at the Masonic Temple and begins at 7 pm.

Source: Asheville Grit

Free Range Asheville presents Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth vocal ensemble – Mountain Xpress by Bill Kopp

“It’s all about the voice,” says Brad Wells, founder of Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, a nine-person vocal ensemble dedicated to mining “the expressive potential of the human voice.” Through use of a wide array of supremely challenging and/or obscure vocal techniques, the group creates a sound like nothing else. The modern classical Roomful of Teeth comes to the Masonic Temple on Thursday, April 28, as this month’s marquee event in Free Range Asheville’s inaugural season…

Source: Mountain Xpress

Experimental a capella octet creates soundscapes at Masonic Temple – Citizen Times by Hayley Benton

Roomful of Teeth is coming to town via Free Range Asheville, a new organization that aims to provide a platform for artists to engage and collaborate in performance settings with other artists and organizations. One part of Free Range Asheville’s mission is to provide multiple avenues into artists’ work by removing access barriers such as high costs or lack of familiarity…

Source: Citizen Times

Free Range Asheville launches first season – Mountain Xpress by Alli Marshall

From the Mountain Xpress:  Newly formed arts and culture organization Free Range Asheville opens its inaugural season with a performance by acclaimed chamber orchestra The Knights… It’s also a fitting kickoff for Free Range Asheville, founded by Jeff Arnal (a composer, producer and former senior music specialist for The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage) and his partner Estelle Woodward Arnal (a choreographer and senior grant writer at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival). The couple hope to connect local practitioners with national and international artists. Their programming, currently in development, will include creative laboratories, incubators, residencies and a cultural thinker series…

Source: Mountain Xpress

The Knights play Beethoven, Sufjan Stevens – Citizen Times by Emily Patrick

What will orchestras become as younger generations form them? The Knights, a Brooklyn-based collective, are one vision of the future. In a single performance, the group shifts between the works of Beethoven, contemporary indie artist Sufjan Stevens and bossa nova legend João Gilberto.

By melding genres, the orchestra hopes to engage listeners with diverse interests. This approach has made for some intriguing projects, including a tour with banjo player Béla Fleck and a collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma…

Source: The Citizen Times

Tracing Influence  – New Music USA by Jeff Arnal

Power Of Human Mind

Published by New Music USA – an article on tracing influence in music by Free Ranger Jeff Arnal – includes contributions from sound artist Camille Norment, pianist Simone Dinnestein, and composer Colin Jacobsen from The Knights.

We have always had cultural gatekeepers: artists, publishers, concert promoters, radio producers, teachers, etc. At the top of this filtering process is the mind and ears of the artist. What can help provide context for the music and enrich and inform the listening experience? Will that change the end result, deepen the experience, or help uncover influence? 

 Source: Tracing Influence