Emi and Ruckus met while studying at Juilliard's Historical Performance Program - quickly realizing their shared passion for tradition as well as boundary breaking. Fast forward a few years to them all convening in southern Vermont to put a fresh spin on Bach's Flute Sonatas and Keyboard Preludes.
"I have only heard flautist Emi Ferguson in works by Bach, but if she is equally good in other classics and moderns, Rampal may have to move over. I want to hear her Debussy."
Emi Ferguson can be heard live in concerts and festivals around the world as a soloist and member of the Handel and Haydn Society, AMOC*, the New York New Music Ensemble, and the Manhattan Chamber Players. Her debut album, Amour Cruel, that she wrote, performed, and was lead vocalist on, was released by Arezzo Music and spent 4 weeks on the Billboard Charts. Emi has spoken and performed at several TEDX events and has been featured on media outlets including the Discovery Channel, Vox, and TouchPress apps talking about how music relates to our world today.
Emi is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School teaching Ear Training. Born in Japan and raised in London and Boston, she now resides in New York City. For more information please visit www.emiferguson.com
continuo jam band
Ruckus is a new baroque band with a fresh, visceral approach to early music. The ensemble’s debut earned widespread critical acclaim: “achingly delicate one moment, incisive and punchy the next” (The New York Times), “superb” (Opera News).
Ruckus’ core members form a continuo group, the baroque equivalent of a rhythm section: guitars, keyboards, cello, bassoon and bass. The ensemble aims to fuse the early-music movement’s questing, creative spirit with the grit, groove and jangle of American roots music, creating a unique sound of “rough-edged intensity” (The New Yorker).
Through a residency at The Da Camera Society, Ruckus will begin a long term project of envisioning “Pre-American Music,” exploring the collisions of culture in the Americas of the 17th and 18th century.
Fly The Coop was recorded, edited, and mixed at Guilford Sound - the most amazing place you could ever dream of to record an album. Situated on hundreds of acres in Southern Vermont, Guilford Sound combines top of the line gear, with the best people, in the most gorgeous setting. Don't believe us? Check out our photos below from our time with Dave and his crew...