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)

 

03/7/13

Nurse Jackie Finale on Showtime

I love the show Nurse Jackie, so I was thrilled that Scorchio did a session for the last song of the season finale, “One For My Baby”.
Don’t worry, there’s no spoiler alert- I want to enjoy hearing it as the last moment of the season without prior knowledge of what’s going to happen…Matt Ray is playing piano. Pat Irwin was the  composer and producer of the session. Patrick Derivaz the recording engineer par excellence. Michael Hill was the music supervisor. I don’t know who is singing, but they’re great!

02/23/13

Tibet House US Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall

Patti Smith, Jim James Top Tibet Benefit in New York
Rolling Stone

Feb 22, 2013 · … and the Scorchio String Quartet amplified every performance by balancing elaborate orchestral swirls with unsettling moments of staccato thunder.”

Scorchio played with Philip Glass, Patti Smith, Jesse Smith, Jim James, Tuneyards, Ariel Pink, Rahzel, Tenzin Choegyal, and all the monks in the grand finale!

And fun review of the night by Pitchfork calling Scorchio  “endearingly game”.

 http://m.pitchfork.com/news/49664-report-tibet-house-benefit-at-carnegie-hall-featuring-ariel-pink-tune-yards-jim-james-more/

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

Buy tickects!!

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

11/26/12

i luminate ~ARTISTS OF LIGHT

I am feeling privileged to be a very small part of this show.

I played cello on several compositions by Christopher Tignor (Slow Six) really beautiful pieces~
recorded specifically for i luminate ARTIST OF LIGHT

at  The Duke Theater on 42nd streeet  11.23.12 to 01.05.13 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s some kind of crazy wireless lighting program that is attached to the performers outfits and linked to the music.  A light show through dance… kind of like the those laser light shows only it’s actual people dancing with cool choreography.
They were on American’s got Talent. I don’t think they won,which is probably for the best as those things go.
I’m definitely going to go see them- and not just so I can hear myself.

This is their blurb:

INTRODUCINGiLUMINATE™, THE LEADERS IN LIGHT SUIT DESIGN + CONTROL!
iLuminate enables performers, choreographers, technicians and artistic directors to produce explosive performances with customized wireless lighting programs. The results take viewers on exhilarating ride: extraordinary effects choreographed with phenomenal dance moves. Since launching in 2009, iLuminate’s patent-pending technology has been used in numerous performances by Grammy-winning superstars such as Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera and The Black Eyed Peas.

11/15/11

Scorchio featured in award winning documentary

“Inside the Perfect Circle: The Odyssey of Joel Thome”
~Winner best short documntary fim New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2011
~ Winner of the Audience Award Miami Film Festival
Official Selection Hamptons Take 2 documentary Film Festival 2011

An intriguing music documentary about world-traveled composer and conductor Joel Thome,
“Inside The Perfect Circle” provides a close personal look at Thome’s career and Philosophy.
Soundtracked by the brilliantly eccentric Scorchio Quartet, the film is filled with
modern music captured live, emanating a meditative and serene sonic backdrop

11/14/11

Scorchio at Guild Hall, East Hampton

Friday, Dec. 2 @ 7pm

In support of the Crossroads Music/WPPB Fundraiser,
The “On the Air at Crossroads” series –hosted by Cynthia Daniels –
will take it on the road for one night 
at the historic  John Drew Theater in East Hampton.
This will be a celebration of the year in music and will include local musicians, bands, celebrities and more.

Guild Hall
158 Main Street
East Hampton, NY 11937