04/24/15

Chosen for HERE Artist Residency Program

 
I am delighted and honored to have been chosen to be a part of the HERE Artist Residency Program. I will be developing a multi-media theatrical piece exploring the themes present in my most recent  collection of songs called ThisTree.  ThisTree as a performance piece will sew together song, family stories, animation, home movies and handmade objects to explore identity, memory, legacy and loss,  propelled by the question – “What do we leave behind when our family tree has died?”

HERE commissions and develops new hybrid works over a 1- to 3-year period. As part of the HERE community of artists and audiences, the 15 resident artists show works-in-progress, develop workshop productions, and mount full–scale productions. Through the residency programs, HERE seeks to not only grow innovative artistic work, but also give artists the awareness and skills—in areas such as audience relations, budgeting, grantwriting, and touring—they need to continue to grow their careers.

HERE has developed such acclaimed works as Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues; Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique; Basil Twist and Joey Arias’ Arias with a Twist; Hazelle Goodman’s On Edge; Young Jean Lee’s Songs of The Dragons Flying To Heaven; Trey Lyford & Geoff Sobelle’s all wear bowlers; Faye Driscoll’s837 Venice Boulevard; Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge and original musical and dance works created and directed by HERE Co-Founder and Artistic Director Kristin Marting.

11/26/14

collaboration with Debs McCoy on BBC

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 McCoa 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.

 

09/23/14

Scorchio’s summer of Damon Albarn’s Everyday Robots

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.

Scorchio at the WFUV studios. 

Backstage with Damon Albarn at The Highline

T.V. makeup. It looks fantastic and feels suffocating.

Ready for Bonnaroo time! Rachel Golub, Lorenza Ponce, Martha Mooke and Leah Coloff.

Damon Albarn in the pink underwear

 

 

 

11/17/13

From Scorchio’s performance at Town Hall for the Garrison Institute

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. 

10/25/13

Scorchio Quintet in RealTime ~ Sunday, October 27 at 3:00pm

New Jersey City University (Ingalls Recital Hall)

Concert program:
-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)

 

06/2/13

“Multitude” Concert in Milwaukee with Present Music

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.

Reviews!

“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

Third Coast Daily review by Tom Strini
Journal Sentinel review by Elaine Schmidt
Milwaukee Magazine review by Paul Kosidowski
Shepherd Express review by John Schneider

Multitude Concert: Present Music 2013

01/25/13

Scorchio Quintet with Michael Riesman

Friday, February 22, 2013     8pm

Music by Philip Glass, Trey Anastasio, Lou Reed and Scorchio members Leah Coloff and Martha Mooke.

I’ll be debuting a new song from my upcoming (Gr)album THIS TREE arranged for string quintet
The Cutting Room

44 E 32nd St, New York, New York 10016

Scorchio quintet with Trey Anastasio

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https://www.ticketfly.com/event/213571-michael-riesman-scorchio-new-york/