Daniel Gaisford and Jessika Soli are Rosin
Utah cellists Jessika Soli and Daniel Gaisford will delight Kayenta audiences with a broad range of beautiful cello music spanning from the past to present-day. The duo enjoys sharing the experimental and educational aspects of their music in their live performances, giving audiences the best of great classic and new works, some of which they have composed. Tickets are $30 and available through: Kayentaarts.com or the box office: 435-674-2787.
As Gaisford explains, “The great Cellists of the past were composers for the instrument and created beautiful works that inspired and developed cello techniques. Following that great tradition, we also write for the cello ourselves and make transcriptions of popular works that fit the cello’s vocal and rhythmic qualities.” Younger audience members enjoy the popular electric cello, which has a “polyphonic—meaning, “with many voices”—quality. Rosin will perform music ranging from Telemann to Klengell to Michael Jackson and Coldplay.
“Rosin” has appeared in concert series all over the country, generating excitement wherever they play. Inspired by “2CELLOS,” “Rosin” performs original pop and rock music as well as classical and romantic music written by master cellists of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Jessika Soli is a sought after cellist and performs regularly with pianist, William Joseph and the Empyrean Quartet of Southern Utah. She is a graduate of the University of Utah, where she studied with John Eckstein and attended UNLV in Las Vegas studying with Andrew Smith. At UNLV she won the Concerto Competition where she performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the University orchestra. She served as principal cellist of the Southwest Symphony and has a cello studio where she teaches a large, talented class of cellists.
Daniel Gaisford has enjoyed a career as a soloist, chamber musician and cello pedagogue. He attended the University of Southern California where he studied with Gabor Rejto and Ronald Leonard. He continued his studies at the Juilliard School of Music studying with Harvey Shapiro, Channing Robbins, Felix Galamir and Lillian Fuchs. He won 1st prize in the Juilliard School’s Shostakovich Cello Competition which resulted in his debut in Lincoln Center performing the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.2 with the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra. Following his debut he has been invited as guest soloist with the country’s leading orchestras and conductors.