Minot resident featured on upcoming album
Abbie Eads, of Minot, will be featured as a special guest artist on the upcoming release of an album including music for classical guitar and solo cello titled “TAYEWO (Experience Life).”
The Seattle Guitar Orchestra, directed by Mark Hilliard Wilson, presents the music of Nigerian composer, Taiwo Adegoke, which features six duets for classical guitar and cello, as well as six pieces for guitar orchestra.
Eads, a Minot native, collaborated with Wilson in Seattle, Washington, where she received a Master of Music in orchestral conducting at the University of Washington in Seattle. There, she studied with David Alexander Rahbee and Ludovic Morlot, music director of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and conductor emeritus of the Seattle Symphony.
Eads graduated from Minot State University with a degree in cello performance, studying with Erik Anderson. She currently resides in Minot as a freelance musician and is development officer and data analyst for the MSU Development Foundation team.
Wilson founded the Seattle Guitar Orchestra in 2000 and became the cathedral guitarist at St. James Cathedral in Seattle in 2006. He has taught music and classical guitar at various institutions across the Pacific Northwest and recently premiered a concerto written for him by the Ukrainian composer Oleg Boyko.
Adegoke, born in southwest Nigeria, is a self-taught classical guitarist, composer and teacher. He is the founder and chairman of the Chocolate Africa Classical Guitar Society of Nigeria, the first classical guitar society in Nigeria and West Africa, a non-profit organization with the vision of reviving ethnic music and bringing classical guitar music to life in Africa through education, arrangement and performance of African folk songs and compositions. Adegoke’s works for guitar and other instruments have been performed in concert across the world, including Nigeria, Germany, Slovenia and Japan.
The album will be available on all streaming platforms, including iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp by Feb. 1. The CD will be released on Feb. 3