Erin & Ross

Ever since the unpredictably magical night that the universe brought them together, Erin Futterer and Ross Falzone have been busy writing and making music. Their unique yet nostalgic sound reflects their diverse musical backgrounds and experiences, from the conservatory to the street. Through their original songs and reimagined versions of standards, the duo seeks to include the audience in the magic and the mystery of the musical experience. 

Erin Futterer

Dr. Erin Futterer is a horn player, author, artist, singer/songwriter, and collaborative artist whose projects cross chronological and stylistic delineations. Her current projects include the completion of the biography of world-renowned Norwegian horn player and pedagogue, Froydis Ree Wekre, with whom Erin studied as a Fulbright Fellow and Masters student at the Norges Musikkhøgskole in Oslo; and her work as one half of the “New Kind of Old'' singer/songwriter duo, Erin & Ross alongside her musical and life partner, Ross Falzone. They have released one record featuring all original music entitled, “A New Kind of Old,” and are nearly completed with their second. Erin & Ross have played venues of various sizes across the nation, most recently appearing as guest artists at the International Horn Society’s Annual Symposium.

Erin is an increasingly active jazz and studio musician, both on the french horn and as a vocalist, and works in genrés across the musical spectrum. Recently she was honored to be a collaborator on the newly commissioned work, The Seasons, by James Syler (for wind ensemble, 2 sopranos, and horn), and performed its premier at Arkansas Tech University in celebration of her parents’ retirement from their music department. 

Erin is also dedicated to promoting the relevance and importance of early music and period instruments through performance and masterclasses, appearing as a guest artist/soloist with Arkansas Baroque and with the Brandenburg Project in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as principal horn on Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 1. During her doctoral work with Peter Kurau at Eastman, Erin assisted in teaching natural horn to Eastman undergraduates. She won the Eastman concerto competition twice, leading to solo performances with the school’s renowned ensembles, and remains an active performer in the community and across the United States as a soloist and chamber musician on modern and natural horn.

Erin’s travels have provided her with considerable and varied  national and international professional experience, and until recently, Erin was the curator and administrator of the Charles Valenza Historic Horn Collection - (a collection of approximately 30 horns dating from the late 1700’s to the 1950’s - which now resides on loan at the Eastman School of Music.

Erin is also a passionate gardener and visual artist, and has her own business in Rochester, and is a firm believer in the balance, knowledge, and wisdom that can be gained by working with the artistically rich natural world.

 

Ross and I spent several days in the company of these great musicians and artists at The Studio Nashville not long ago. Each one of these guys offered something truly special to our project, and all were phenomenal to work with and be around. We cut 7 tracks and added several top-notch troops to our New Kind of Old crusade. 

Pictured: Rory Hoffman: guitar, clarinet, keyboard, accordion, whistle 

Ross Falzone: guitar, vocals

Erin Futterer: horn, vocals

Jano Rix: drums, percussion

 Brook Sutton: The Studio Nashville, engineer

Zeb Briskovich: bass

Greg Welsch: Videography

NP: Chris Walters: Piano, keyboards, string arr.  (When Love Takes a Bite Out of You)

Leif Shires: trumpet, flugelhorn, horn arr. (Blow My Horn, Simply Falling, Uptempo), string arr. (Simply Falling, ballade)

Roland Barber: trombone, horn arr. (Promenade, Inspired by You, A New Kind of Old) 

Rahsaan Barber: tenor sax, flute 

Strings: David Davidson, violin; David Angell: violin; Kristen Wilkenson, viola; Emily Nelson cello

Simply Falling In Love written by: James Hamer (BMI), R. Falzone, E. Futterer

All other songs written by: Futterer | Falzone (SESAC)