Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble
- This is a past program
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, 5-string electric violin
Devin Daniels, alto saxophone
Alison Bjorkedal, harp
Jamael Dean, keyboard
Gabe Noel, electric bass
Gene Coye, drums
Andres Renteria, percussion
Violinist, composer, and arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson regularly works with jazz, classical, hip-hop, and pop stars, performing as a sideperson with Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, and Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, and arranging music for the likes of Anderson. Paak., the Black Eyed Peas, Dr. Dre, and Questlove. Atwood-Ferguson brings this expansive and inclusive musical vision to his own projects, creating a kaleidoscopic blend of artfully balanced urban grooves, dreamy melodicism, and daring orchestration.
This unique ensemble features a driving rhythm section, harp, saxophone, and Atwood-Ferguson's own virtuosic 5-string electric violin playing. “[Atwood-Ferguson] has become a kind of Wynton Marsalis or Gunther Schuller for the postsoul, semijazz, pacifist-hip-hop continuum: a leader of skilled ensembles, a celebrator of repertories, an organizer of legacies” (The New York Times).