Academics (page 2)
Nils Fredland (1994–1996)
1996 BM from Indiana University
1994 Founding member of Monkey Puzzle, an a cappella quintet
1999 “Epitaph” by Monkey Puzzle won the CASA Best World/Folk Song Award
2000 BBC broadcast of “Northern Harmony” performance at the Lufthansa Festival
1995 Monkey Puzzle, Joie de Croissant, MP Records
1996 Monkey Puzzle, Freakin’ on the Lunar Surface, MP Records
1997 Village Harmony, Endless Light, Orchard Records
1998 Johnny Socko, Full Trucker Effect, Asian Man Records
1998 Monkey Puzzle, The Where We Were, MP Records
1998 The Why Store, Two Beasts, Universal / MCA Records (John Mellencamp, producer and guitarist)
1999 The Ooolites, Hymnody of the Earth, BMG Records
1999 The Ooolites, Pleasure, BMG Records
2000 Northern Harmony, Crossing Boundaries, Orchard Records
2001 Johnny Socko, Double Live, Scarab Records
Nils Fredland has toured extensively as a singer and trombonist in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Nils was a featured performer in the 2001 Lufthansa Early Music Festival in London and in the 1997–1999 Lotus World Music Festivals in Bloomington, Indiana.
For such a young artist, Nils has an unusually extensive discography, including two BMG compact discs of original folk music by internationally known composer Malcolm Dalglish. Nils lives in Phoenix where he performs regularly and teaches special education; he is also in demand as a contra dance caller throughout the state.
Curtis Cook (2002–2003*)
1992 BM from Oklahoma City University
1998 MM from Indiana University
1999 European debut in Stravinsky's The Flood and Threni: The Lamentations of Jeremiah at Netherlands Opera, Amsterdam
2002 Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro), a German tour with the Krakow State Opera and the Festival Europäischer Musik, an engagement arranged by Dr. Meyer
Curtis Cook is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, and has sung much of the operatic bass repertoire. He has performed with the Oklahoma City Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, Tulsa Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Dayton Opera, and the Indianapolis Opera. His European debut at the Netherlands Opera received critical acclaim. Mr. Cook sings regularly with Paul Hillier and the Theatre of Voices, and can be heard on many of their Harmonia Mundi (U.S.) recordings.
* Mr. Cook is a German diction client of Dr. Meyer.
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