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.
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.
from:Scorchio Quintet in RealTime
Sunday, October 27 at 3:00pm
New Jersey City University – Ingalls Recital Hall
Scorchio at Garrison Institute Benefit 2013 “In the Spirit” produced by Philip Glass. Scorchio performed “Songs of Milarepa” with Gregory Purnhagen and Nelson Padgett and “Orion: China” with Wu Man.
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)
Last month, I had the pleasure to be a part of Milwaukee’s Present Music ensemble for their Season Finale concert, MULTITUDE.
It was not just a concert, but truly an event with the evening ending in the audience dancing! The founder, artistic director, and conductor, Kevin Stalheim has created an anomaly and phenomenon; Present Music manages to regularly bring to their concerts audiences of 600 and they commission pieces that go on to be established repertoire for new music groups around the world.
“Hearne’s “Warning Song” (2006), “Snowball” (2008) and three postmodern cabaret/art songs from his Delusion Story (2011) completed the program. All are mind-bending, transcendent mash-ups of genres. The greatest, most unforgettable performances of the night were by Leah Coloff, who sang Hearne’s most searing songs while ferociously playing the cello part.” ~ John Schneider, Shepherd Express
Friday, February 22, 2013 8pm
I’ll be debuting a new song from my upcoming (Gr)album THIS TREE arranged for string quintet
The Cutting Room