Will and Lois made a home on the shores of White Oak Pond for many years. Its scenic beauty provided a backdrop for cherished memories of times spent with family and friends. They were involved in efforts to preserve and protect this area. In addition to caring about the natural beauty, they were also lovers of the arts, and creative individuals in their own unique ways.
Will passed away on February 27, 2019, and Lois on November 6, 2017.
The family is very grateful to the Squam Lakes Association for providing their beautiful barn for an evening to celebrate the lives of Will and Lois.
To commemorate them, a reception will be held at the Fisher Family Barn of SLA on Rte 3, followed by a concert of original classical guitar music written and performed by Gyan Riley, composer and virtuoso, based in NY. The concert will include the premiere of an original piece composed for the ‘mutarjo,’ a unique instrument built by Fred Carlson. Both instrument and piece were commissioned in honor of Lois Stratton.
“Gyan Riley is a one-man American-music machine, amicably ranging across the fields of jazz, world music, and post-minimalism,” (The New Yorker). Hailed by the New York Times as “Beautiful and enigmatic ...an alluringly intimate vibe created from the first note,” Gyan also performs with Bill Frisell, Julian Lage, the Kronos Quartet, Lee Ranaldo, and his father, the iconic composer Terry Riley. Virtuosic, graceful, and enchanting, his music seamlessly moves through European classical, jazz, flamenco, and West African-influenced grooves to create a uniquely synthesized solo guitar soundscape.