Free River is an ensemble that performs a wide variety of music, including Bach and The Beatles. It's repertoire relies on fresh interpretations and new arrangements of ancient and modern music. This band also plays music from around the world from various traditions.
Free River features Cornelia Logan on cello, David Budd on percussion and Raphael Garritano on guitar and mandolin.
The trio’s name was inspired by a love of the Hudson River.
Raphael Garritano was born in 1953 in Europe and came to the United States in 1964. His time in Europe had a huge impact on him musically having been raised listening to Gregorian Chant and Mozart in the early part of his life. After many years of playing in rock and roll bands in NYC, Raphael formed the early music ensemble Sol Sonata, with the late Christopher Strone in 2000, which recorded and released a self-titled CD in 2001. Raphael continues to work as a professional musician in the tri-state area performing on guitar, mandolin and cuatro. In addition to teaching music theory and these instruments privately, Raphael is an adjunct professor at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, NY.
Cornelia Logan began playing the cello at age 9 and has returned to the instrument over the last decade. She has pursued cello studies with local Hudson Valley teachers, such as, Garfield Moore and Byron Duckwall. Mr. Moore created a cello ensemble at Bard College, which featured Cornelia as one of its original members and she has continued with the Bard College Student/Community Orchestra. She collaborated for five years with Mama Lama, a six piece ensemble featuring ambient melodic instrumental music. Presently, she enjoys playing Bach and Beatles amongst other music in the Free River Trio. She finds time to provide massage therapy which, in conjunction with the healing power of music, projects in her playing style. Cornelia lives in the Mid-Hudson Valley with her husband, Paul, and dog, Ollie.
When David Budd is not pursuing his interests in visual art, he enjoys cultivating his skills as a percussionist. In the late 1990s he began studying with world renowned frame drummer, Layne Redmond, learning the rhythms of the Middle East and Brazil. In addition to being a member of Free River, he has collaborated with Raphael Garritano in the early music ensemble, Sol Sonata, in a Latin music influenced band, Passero, and is currently with the four-member ensemble, Datura Road. His instruments of choice are the riq (Egyptian tambourine), doumbek, tar, and drum set. David has also performed with meditative Himalayan bowls alongside Peter Blum in the group Pulse Field.