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Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

Los Angeles, CA            

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson is a unique force in contemporary music. Having recorded on over 500 albums and films, he effortlessly bridges diverse genres and generations of musical and cultural elements into cohesive and magical presentations.

At the intersection of contemporary jazz, world, and classical musics, Atwood-Ferguson has been called “an organizer of legacies” by the New York Times. For the last decade Atwood-Ferguson has performed ‘Suite for Ma Dukes’ around the world, presenting this historic tribute to Hip Hop producer James Dewitt “J Dilla” Yancey for audiences from Rotterdam to Cape Town. In 2018 Atwood-Ferguson arranged and orchestrated the music of Prince 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince curated by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson.

Trained as a classical violinist in childhood, Atwood-Ferguson’ s effervescent expression propels him into diverse musical dialogues with many of the innovative voices from the 20th and 21st centuries: Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Wayne Shorter, Billy Higgins, Ray Brown, Brad Mehldau, Hubert Laws, Seu Jorge, Dr. Dre, Will.i.am, and Madlib, to name a few. Through these musical partnerships, Atwood-Ferguson continues to refine an artistry that speaks to the hopelessly intertwined – and definitely interdependent – depths of human history through sound.

This synthesis of classical, jazz, and world musics garners Atwood-Ferguson support from venues and presenting organizations around the world, including the summer concert series Out-of-Doors as Lincoln Center (New York) and Grand Performances (Los Angeles).  

Additionally, Atwood-Ferguson composes for, directs, and performs with original ensembles such as the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble and Quartetto Fantastico. After graduating from the Thornton School of Music at USC with a Bachelor’s degree in classical viola performance, Atwood-Ferguson continues to forefront principles of education in his career. He provides artistic mentorship to younger musicians in a variety of formal and informal settings.

Atwood-Ferguson is represented by Warp Publishing, and will release Les Jardins Mystiques, an album of original compositions, on the record label Brainfeeder in 2019.

Love’s Beckoning/Event Horizon

The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble, Live at The Blue Whale in Los Angeles, CA.
June 27, 2014

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Suite For Ma Dukes, a concert re-imagining J Dilla’s best known works – Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and a 40 piece orchestra Live @ The Luckman Auditorium, Cal State Los Angeles, February 22, 2009.

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