6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m
$10 pp music charge prepaid tickets $12 pp music charge at door $7 pp minimum (food/drink)
John Ehlis Quartet
John Ehlis-guitar & mandolin
Scott Hogan- 5-string fretless bass
David Silliman drums & percussion
This final concert of the season with guitarist and multi-instrumentalist John Ehlis features saxophonist Craig Yaremko, bassist Scott Hogan and percussionist David Silliman for an ideal gathering of creative and innovative artists.
Reaching into Ehlis’ library of original compositions, this quartet brings a certain ease and sense of vitality to his distinctive and appealing music, one which promises more than a few surprises.
Drawn to traditional and folk music from around the world, Ehlis blends the sounds of many cultures into his own style, one that is as rich, as it is varied. He generously offers the musicians in his groups the opportunity to let their own creative voices flourish and contribute equally to the direction of the music. As one can imagine, the art of improvisation is a crucial element in this situation, however it is the spirit and soul of the players which gives life to the music, becoming an uplifting event for the performers and audience alike.
Guitarist John Ehlis draws inspiration from a boundless field of creativity and has been performing original music as well as traditional and folk music from around the world for many years. Ehlis has performed with esteemed artists ranging from saxophonists Oliver Lake and John Tchicai to vocalists Marie Afonso (Zap Mama) and Loire (aka Lori Cotler), Joe Craven (David Grisman Group), frame drum master Glen Velez, classical guitarists Philip Hii and Quique Sinesi, singer/songwriter Scott E. Moore, Basque musicians Tapia and Leturria, Danish drummer Kresten Osgood and Finnish saxophonist Mikko Innanen.
Craig Yaremko is a dynamic and eclectic performer on all saxophones, flutes and clarinets. He has performed alongside jazz artists Geri Allen, Helio Alves, Jerry Bergonzi, Don Braden, Paulo Braga, Randy Brecker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Candido, Jimmy Cobb, Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Samuels, Bobby Sanabria, Dave Valentin and Ray Vega, as well as with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New York City Symphony, and with pop artists Clay Aiken, Frankie Avalon, Michael Feinstein, Aretha Franklin, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Patti LuPone, Johnny Mathis and Frankie Valli.
Bassist Scott Hogan toured for four years with the Bernie Worrell Orchestra (a founder of Parliament-Funkadelic). He studied bass under Mike Richmond and with John Patitucci, who later recommended him to play with the Mercury Records pop group Hanson.
Drummer and percussionist, David Silliman’s middle name should be versatility. Whether accompanying song stylists such as Mariah Carey, Cassandra Wilson, and Blossom Dearie or playing with Colombian Harpist Edmar Castaneda, David’s exciting rhythmic energies add color and mood to any musical performance. He’s also comfortable playing in the pit of a Broadway show or with the New Jersey Symphony. David has over 20 years of experience. His performances have taken him to concerts and festivals in Italy, Vienna, Berlin, the North Sea, Monterey, Uruguay and Lithuania. David was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he was exposed to a wide variety of music. David’s first studies were in the Classical field, studying snare drum, xylophone and timpani. Later studies exposed him to Jazz, Latin Jazz, Brazilian and Funk music. Hearing music with a drummer and a percussionist made a strong impression on his playing. Trying to recreate that sound and “feel” with just one person has become a lifetime passion.