“Cellocentric: Classical meets Jazz, Folk, & World Music, featuring Guitar, Bassoon, and Cello”
Cellocentric features guitarist Doug Wood joining ranks with Cellist Carolina Borja and Bassoonist Arleigh Savage. Wood's New/Age fingerstyle guitar work blends with Borja's classically- and latin-punctuated Cello work, and Savage's's rich melodic overtones on the Bassoon. Each of their unique talents blends into a crossover featuring a sense of jazzy improvisation mixed with virtuosic classical elements.
Arleigh, a Cleveland Institute of Music graduate and a recipient of the George F. Goslee prize in bassoon, pursues a varied artistic career involving chamber music, orchestral performance, music education, and frequent collaborations with artistic groups outside the realm of classical music. In addition to her collaboration with Cellocentric, she is currently second bassoonist with CityMusic Cleveland and the Lancaster Summer Music Festival, and principal bassoonist with the Cleveland Opera Theater and Erie Chamber Orchestra. She is cofounder of the professional wind quintet, The North Coast Winds (NCW), and serves as performer, educational outreach coordinator, and staff member at NCW’s annual Chamber Music Camp.
Carolina, who thanks to a Fulbright scholarship completed a Masters degree in Cello Performance Pedagogy at Ohio University, has gathered her eclectic cello experience from collaborating with folk fusion and world music bands, interdisciplinary groups of artists, dance companies, chamber music ensembles and symphony orchestras. She's also been a Martin Luther King and the United States State Department Fellow, among other distinctions. Carolina is currently a member of the bands Cellocentric and Kombilesa Asé. In addition to her passion for music, Carolina is a committed and accomplished educator. In 2015, she created the scholarship Afro Colombian Strings to support strings' students from the African diaspora in Colombia.
Doug has been performing professionally in various arrangements since graduation from John Carroll University in 1989. His group Watts Gnu, co-created with bass player Darren Frate, received national acclaim in the early 1990s. Wood began his solo career in 1999, and developed a strong following in the college market, earning awards like Best Instrumentalist from multiple college associations. His CDs have received national airplay on NPR, College, and Commercial radio. He began Cellocentric in 2012 with cellist Tara Hanish, and has collaborated with multiple performers, including 5X Grammy winner Roy "Futureman" Wooten, Windham Hill violinist Tracy Silverman, and world-renowned percussionist for Paul Simon, Jamey Haddad.