Pacific Northwest Chamber Ensemble

Carson Farley, Clement Reid and Ian McKnight of the Pacific Northwest Chamber Ensemble will bring us a refreshing mix of blue grass and classical music for guitar, cello. flute, mandolin banjo and piano

Carson Farley

Carson Farley studied cello and composition in Los Angeles with professional cellists and composers. He studied music theory and history at the University of Washington. Carson has performed as soloist, with chamber music groups and orchestras, with jazz bands and pop groups, and he has been teaching music privately for 20 years. As a composer, Carson has scored music for video and had his works performed in Seattle. In addition to playing classical music Carson is also a jazz bass player and performs regularly with jazz groups. "I have been interested in music theory and composing since I was a teenager and this has fueled my musical creativity and continues to inspire me as a musician.

Clement Reid

Clement Reid was born in New York City (1955), studying with Allen Brings, and graduating from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California. studying with Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Frederick Lesemann, and Earle Brown. He has written for band, orchestra, chamber ensembles, and educational books in composition, piano, and guitar. His music has been featured at Juilliard, Steinway Hall,  Aspen Composers Conference, PLU Artist Series, Sechuan Conservatory, WSMTA Joy of Piano Trios Festival, Classical Tuesdays, Lyrica – Choral Ensemble, Classic King FM – Seattle.

Commissions and grants have included the American Guild of Organists, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Arts Commission, and the Freeman Foundation (composer exchange program in China). He was a panelist for Artist Trust, board member-WCF, Semi-Finalist for the American Prize in Composition (2013, 2018), Global Music Awards-Silver Medal, Outstanding

Achievement (2017, 2018), Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (2018), and Washington State Commissioned Composer of the Year (1999) by the MTNA. He is a member of ASCAP and his music is published by Subito Music Corp., CNY Publishers, and Classical Vocal Reprints.

Ian McKnight

Ian graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Music Performance on the flute in 2012. He enjoys performing classical orchestral and chamber music as well as Celtic, bluegrass and country music. Ian has composed a number of chamber works and released his first CD of all original music  in December 2015. In addition to the modern flute Ian also plays the keyless Irish flute, penny whistle, and bluegrass mandolin. He can be found performing these other instruments with his four-piece band, The Clover Creek Ramblers. During the day he repairs woodwind and brass instruments for Ted Brown Music in Tacoma. 

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