January: Dave Eggar, Cello

Surel’s Place is thrilled to welcome our first returning artist-in-residence, cellist and composer Dave Eggar from New York. Mr. Eggar spent August 2016 at Surel’s Place, and has been looking forward to returning ever since. “It was beyond a remarkable experience,” says Mr. Eggar. “What blew me away was that unlike every other artist colony, it was a new beginning for me. Very quickly I was ushered into the amazing community of local Boise artists.”

Collaboration has been the hallmark of Mr. Eggar’s work at Surel’s Place. During his first residency, he dazzled the local audience with a sold-out concert at the Visual Arts Collective in a collaboration with local dance ensemble LED and musicians he brought in from Portland, OR. Mr. Eggar also introduced a young performer he met at the workshop he taught at Surel’s Place, 18-year-old Jared Nilo. Mr. Eggar later invited the young composer to New York City, where Mr. Nilo was able to record four of his original works with Mr. Eggar and other professional musicians.

Local artists and musicians will again have the opportunity to interact with Mr. Eggar. “I would like to continue and extend my work with the community,” he says. “I would like workshop members to write songs and tell stories together that look at what it means to be alive in Idaho now—what are peoples’ hopes, fears, aspirations. I feel that there is such a powerful young community songwriting-wise in Boise. I would love to harness that energy and create a truly unique work while also harnessing and engaging the community.”

For this residency, Mr. Eggar has engaged local Idaho composer Jim Cockey to write a new piece specifically for an ensemble that features cello, violin, classical guitar, percussion, and tap dance written into the score. Mr. Eggar has also invited another former Surel’s Place resident, tap dancer Andrew Nemr, to appear as a guest artist at his final performance. Portland musicians Heather Mastel-Lipson and Mario Diaz, also featured in the 2016 concert, will be returning this year. New to the ensemble will be New York-based drummer/percussionist Chuck Palmer who wrote, performed, and co-produced Dave Eggar’s Grammy-nominated release “Kingston Morning” in 2010.

It is a testament to the local arts community that an artist of Mr. Eggar’s stature finds so much to celebrate here in the Treasure Valley. We look forward to being inspired by—and inspiring—Mr. Eggar throughout his stay at Surel’s Place.


Saturday, January 13
$10 Registration Fee | 
Limited to 12 | Ages 13 & up
registration required
scholarships available: info@surelsplace.org
at Surel’s Place: 212 E. 33rd St. | Garden City, ID 83714

Dave Eggar will lead this innovative interactive workshop using the tools of improvisation, contemporary classical music and songwriting to find the voice within and develop participants’ own unique sound and story. Participants will write songs and tell stories together that look at what it means to be alive in Idaho now—the hopes, fears, and aspirations specific to living here. This hands-on workshop allows participants to explore a way to move from their original ideas to the universal messages that touch people’s lives.

Saturday, February 3
Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00pm
$15 general | $20 preferred
tickets available
at The Sapphire Room: 2900 W. Chinden Blvd. | Garden City, ID 83714