Rekindling a musical friendship with Crispin Campbell and Paul Sullivan
Crispin Campbell is the principal cellist of the Traverse City Symphony Orchestra and a retired Instructor of Cello at Interlochen Arts Academy. Paul Sullivan is a Grammy award-winning pianist and composer. Together, they visited IPR's Studio A ahead of their mini-tour around northern MI.
Crispin Campbell and Paul Sullivan have made music together for years and this comradeship is palpable to listeners as they perform together.
By being friends as well as musical collaborators, the music they create together has a warmth and companionship to it.
Paul Sullivan remarks that playing with someone like Campbell , who is an improviser, let's him know that no matter what happens in a performance, you know you're going to be okay. "The other person will just like take a solo until you pick your music up off the floor."
Campbell shares the sentiment. He shared that playing with Sullivan, a piece never feels the same way twice. There's flexibility to the phrasing and rhythms, all in the spirit of improvisation.
They haven't played together for years and the duo is excited to re-kindle this musical friendship through these performances.
The musical pair will perform three concerts around northern MI this weekend, sharing a mix of musical styles including jazz standards, Latin grooves, blues and world music.
Thursday evening, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. they'll present a concert at The Music House Museum in Williamsburg.
On Friday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at they'll perform at The Ramsdell in Manistee.
And rounding out their weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m., they'll be at the Cheboygan Opera House.
Kelley DiPasquale engineered this edition of Studio A.
Emily Duncan Wilson is IPR's digital content manager.