A Far Cry


A Far Cry stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music. According to the New York Times, the self-conducted orchestra “brims with personality or, better, personalities, many and varied.” A Far Cry was founded in 2007 by a tightly-knit collective of 17 young professional musicians – the Criers – and since the beginning has fostered those personalities, developing an innovative structure of rotating leadership both on stage and behind the scenes. By expanding the boundaries of orchestral repertoire and experimenting with the ways music is prepared, performed, and experienced, A Far Cry has been embraced throughout the world with more than two hundred performances, three albums, a powerful presence on the internet, and a European debut tour planned for 2012. The Criers are proud to call Boston home, and maintain strong roots in the city rehearsing at their storefront music center in Jamaica Plain and fulfilling the role of Chamber Orchestra in Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Collaborating with local students through an educational partnership with the New England Conservatory, A Far Cry aims to pass on the spirit of collaboratively-empowered music to the next generation.

The TEDxFenway Criers:
Jason Fisher
A native Seattleite, Crier violist Jason Fisher’s musical travels have taken him across Europe and Central Asia. A Carnegie Hall Fellow and Peabody Singapore Fellow, Jason is equally comfortable on gut strings or heavy metal. He is also known for his creations at the bar and in the kitchen, including his famous Manhattans and Bacon-wrapped Dates. Likes this: “Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”–Desmond Tutu. Jason plays on a viola by Richard Duke, London, 1768.

Megumi Stohs Lewis
A native of Portland, Oregon, Crier Megumi Stohs Lewis plays violin up and down the East Coast and around the world as a chamber musician, soloist, and member of A Far Cry. In 2009, with the help of some friends, she fell in love with gut strings and now enjoys discovering and playing music from all periods. She has appeared as a guest artist with the Landmarks Orchestra in Boston, the Sapporo Philharmonic in Japan, and on tour with Britain's Jethro Tull. Her primary in?uences include her teachers Camilla Wicks, Ian Swensen, Lucy Chapman, Roger Tapping and Phoebe Carrai.

Alex Fortes
Originally from San Diego, Crier violinist Alex Fortes’ recent performances have included appearances in Denmark, Austria, and Indonesia as well as throughout the United States with groups such as the Franklin and Momenta string quartets, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Future In REverse (FIRE). A strong advocate for the importance of social and civic engagement, Alex spent a year working as an administrator and playing for the Longwood Symphony, an orchestra associated with Boston’s medical community that uses its performances to raise funds and awareness for medical nonprofits. Alex holds degrees from Harvard College and Mannes College, and his teachers include Mark Steinberg, Peter Zazofsky, Hernan Constantino, Mary Gerard, and Michael Gaisler.