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New Direction Cello Festival was founded in 1995 as a forum to encourage the exchange of new ideas and musical experiences by cellists interested in a new, alternative and non-classical sound. Therefore, within this interest, NDCF promotes improvisation as well as all the other styles that are not commonly taught in music schools. 1995 is the date of birth of NDCF, while in New York werethe headquarters of the first edition, at the Knitting Factory. Since then, every year the New Direction Cello Festival chose different venues: New York, Massachusetts, and then Connecticut, Winsconsin and California. On stage have appeared David Darling, Eugene Friesen, David Baker, Mark Summer, Jami Sieber, Vincent Courtois, Stephen Katz, Ernst Reijseger, David Eyges, Akua Dixon, Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson, Rufus Cappodocia, Jane Scarpantoni, Chris White, Erik Friedlander, Dawn Avery and Robert Een.
For the first time, in 2018, the festival moves to Europe. It will take place in Cologne, Germany, from July 13th to July 15th. As always, the best cellists will be presented in a three-day festival that will host workshops, jam sessions and exhibitions at concerts.

Cello Big Band

The Cello Big Band (CBB) has been representing the central experience of the New Directions Cello Festival for many years. It consists of more cellists who propose compositions and arrangements of non-classical nature, leaving space for soloist improvisations. The CBB, directed by Gunther Tiedemann, consisting of the 50 most significant cellists present at the Festival, will perform together with the RMS Cello Big Band ( Rheinische Musikschule Köln) at the festival’s final concert on Sunday at midday at the WDR Funkhaus. There will be over 100 cellos on stage.

Guest artists
Reijseger Fraanje Sylla (NL/Senegal)
Martin Meléndez Trio (ES/Cuba)
Rushad Eggleston (US)
Vincent Ségal & Ballaké Sissoko (FR/Mali)
Susanne Paul & Etta Scollo (DE/IT)
Hannah Miller & Moulettes-Detours

Concert calendar
Friday 13 July, 7,30 pm, ore 19.30, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal Wallrafplatz 50667 Köln: Ballakè Sissoko & Vincent Ségal, Martin Melendez Trio e Reijseger Fraanje Sylla.
Saturday 14 July, 7,30 pm, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal Wallrafplatz 50667 Köln: Susanne Paul & Etta Scollo, Rushad Eggleston e Moulettes – Detours  

Collateral events
Workshop
for a total of 21 hours held by Susanne Paul, Vincent Segal, Pierre Michaud, Hannah Miller, Rushad Eggleston, Corinna Eikmeier, Ernst Reijseger, Marei Seuthe, Elisabeth Coudoux, Veit Steinmann

Exibition all the latest innovations about acoustic and electric instruments, amplification, scores, strings and other accessories of all kinds.

The Young People’s Cello-Bration, an inner festival dedicated to young cellists between 11 and 18 years who are eager to discover how to play the cello outside of classical music. On Saturday, there will be specialized workshops on improvisation and other non-classical techniques.

Info and tickets
Updated information on:https://newdirectionscello.org/festivals/24th-annual-new-directions-cello-festival-2018/
All information on repertoire, sheet music and music of this event on: www.gunther-tiedemann.de/NDCF-CBB.htm
Tickets for concerts are on sale at: www.KoelnTicket.de.

NDCF organizational staff

Chris White, director

Gunther Tiedemann, co-director for the 2018 festival

Sera Smolen, Assistant Director

Corbin Keep, Assistant Director