I’m a big fan of Soundcloud! It’s truly for and about music and connection through music. My favorite connection has been with Debs McCoy a lovely, haunting songwriter from England. I had the pleasure of collaborating with her on a track she wrote called The Weight. I recorded many, many tracks of cello which she arranged beautifully. Its a melancholy yearning for sure…
It was chosen to be on http://freshonthenet.co.uk/2014/11/faves130/
Fresh Faves – chosen by our readers over the weekend and reviewed by Team Freshnet moderator Jim Craigen fromAlternativeFriday.com. You can hear all these tracks in a singleSoundcloud playlist here.
It will also be played on the BBC!
THE BBC INTRODUCING MIXTAPE
The BBC Introducing Mixtape is a 60 minute radio show and podcast broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music from 2-3am every Sunday night/Monday morning and available as a free download for 30 days at the BBC 6 Music downloads page. Since April 2013 the tracklists and timings for each mixtape have been posted here at Fresh On The Net with links & info for all the artists. For earlier tracklists see the BBC Website.
In this multimedia oratorio by composer Ted Hearne, four singers inhabit a fever-dream assemblage of media to explore the hysteria surrounding Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning.
The primary-source libretto was culled from Iraq/Afghanistan War Logs. One of the most intense,beautiful and terrifying pieces I have been a part of. The NY Times review describes the power and simplicity of this multi-media experience. http://nyti.ms/1tAjjQb
Composed by Ted Hearne
Libretto by Mark Doten
Directed by Daniel Fish
Mellissa Hughes Soprano
Samia Mounts Soprano
Isaiah Robinson Tenor
Jonathan Woody Bass-Baritone
Nathan Koci Music Director/ Conductor/ Keyboards
Courtney Orlando Violin
Anne Lanzilotti Viola
Leah Coloff Cello
Greg Chudzik Bass
Ron Wiltrout Drums
Produced by Beth Morrison Projects
Trio for Clarinet, Cello, Piano
Four Serious Songs
String Sextet No. 2 in G major
St. Peter’s Church
619 Lexington NYC 10022
Mary Bopp – piano
Sam Hutcheson – baritone
Sharon Gunderson, Claire Smith – violin
Julie Goodale, Katherine Sinsabaugh – viola
Scott Ballantyne, Clay Ruede, Leah Coloff – cello
Damon Albarn is a fantastic songwriter. Everyday Robots is his first Solo record, but he’s known for his band Gorillaz and if you go back even further, BLUR. Yes.
A little side story: I play with The Secret City most months and we played the Blur song Girls and Boys as one of the Prelude songs for the March? service. I didn’t listened to Blur back in the day (or Oasis…) or to Gorillaz in more recent times. Anyway, the song seemed rather simple upon first look. But it turns out that it was the most fun to play, sounded the best, and I decided that it was actually a great song, as simple songs often are. (I have yet to master this- always getting too complicated…)
A month later, Martha Mooke from Scorchio told me we were going to be the string quartet for some sessions with Damon Albarn who was promoting his new record, Everyday Robots on radio shows for WFUV and Sirius. Oh! Turns out it’s that guy who wrote that great song! Turns out he’s written many great songs!
I just love the synchronicity of that. I never would have thought I would be playing with the guy from Blur. And he’s still as cute as he was in the video for Boys and Girls, just slightly more mellow. Only slightly. He and his band were good humored and friendly. And his music director, Mike Smith writes a very nice string arrangement.
We were asked to play with them again on The Tonight Show and at Bonnaroo! Ah….we accepted.
The Scorchio String Quartet brings to life new works by Beatboxing sensationRahzel, electric tinged jazz pianist/composer Richard Sussman, Emmy Award-winning composer Earl Rose, Klezmer Violinist Alicia Svigals and Scorchio founder/electro-acoustic violist Martha Mooke.
The Cutting Room
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Doors open for drinks/dinner @6:30
Pre Concert Insights with Composers @7:00
Concert @8:00 Tickets $15/adv
($20 door) Students $10 at door with ID
This performance is part of the 2014 Composers Now Festival.
from:Scorchio Quintet in RealTime
Sunday, October 27 at 3:00pm
New Jersey City University – Ingalls Recital Hall
New Jersey City University (Ingalls Recital Hall)
-Divided Sky (Trey Anastasio, arr. Don Hart/Mooke)
-String Quartet #2: Company (Philip Glass)
-Quantum (Martha Mooke)
-You’re the One (Leah Coloff)
-A Humble Tribute to Guaguancó (Gregg August)
-Ecstasy (Lou Reed, arr. Mooke)
-Ave Maris Stella (JS Bach)
-Stash (Anastasio, arr. Hart/Mooke)