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Charlie Played Cello’s debut album has something for everyone. The sheer scope of the music spans from mainstream power-pop (“Tired of Playing Games”/”It’s a Hit”) to nostalgic jam band (“Fat Kid”/”I’m Not Dead”) to sinister post-punk anthems (“Save Your Tears”/”Nobody Leaves This Room”). Tracks like “The Rose Always Wins” and “Runaway with Me” summon the early days of Motown, with Wiebe’s torch vocals soaring above thick bass grooves and wistful chord progressions. The result is a debut effort that solidifies CPC’s place in modern rock.
Charlie Played Cello* (or CPC as their fans say) is a Los Angeles-based rock band about to break onto the national stage. The band has been together just a short time but the accomplishments are substantial: a contract with New Deal Entertainment (a label associated with the legendary Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team), distribution through Universal’s Fontana Distribution company, two songs written for CPC by Brian Holland, and tracks engineered and mixed by Grammy-award winner David Bianco (at his studio in North Hollywood) and produced by Davey Meshell. The band has developed a loyal following that has seen them perform at classic L.A. venues such as the House of Blues and Viper Room.
Mimi Jones was born in the Bronx to parents descended from Barbados and St.Croix, which explains why Mimi has so many musical influences that flow easily through her compositional style. As a child, her parents always played music around the house, besides their traditional roots they had tons of records from the jazz greats. Every Sunday, we cleaned the house, while the music blasted. Mimi showed such enthusiasm to play the guitar that her father enrolled her in the Harlem School of the Arts, where she learned the classical guitar and eventually the instrument of her choice, the electric guitar. By 12, she was studying guitar with Jim Bartow, along with classes in dance, chorus, drums, music theory, piano and composition. She attended Fiorello La Guardia High School of Music and Performing Arts, where she switched to cello in the orchestra, until the band director introduced her the bass. Mimi is a bassist, vocalist, and composer. Mimi studied classical bass with Linda McKnight and attended the Jazz Mobile Workshop study Lisle Atkinson who gave her the first bass, a Juzak. Mimi received a full scholarship to Manhattan School of Music Conservatory where she completed her B.A. in Music. While at the Manhattan School she attended workshops with saxophonist Charles Davis, Barry Harris, Ron Carter, Milt Hinton, Dr. Billy Taylor, Yusef Latif, Max Roach, and Latin bass techniques with Guillermo Edgehill.
Masha is a renowned singer and musician playing her keyboard and cello in and abroad the United States.
Masha is a renowned singer and musician playing her keyboard and cello in and abroad the United States. Masha was born in Ukraine where she began learning classical music and playing her cello in a conservatory.
Masha was no stranger to the stage as she grew up in front of an audience with her father, a Ukrainian Rock Star and mother, a distinguished Ballet Dancer. Masha began singing and playing with many bands in the Ukraine until she moved to Spain to make it on her own. Masha's astonishing musical talents lead her to live a successful life in Spain performing and singing in concerts from Spain (Mallorca, Valencia) to Germany and now the United States. Masha's beautiful soulful vocals, along with her unique style of combining deep cello sounds with pop, soul and R&B were inspired by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Masha was recognized all over Spain and was soon discovered by an American records company called Platinum Class Hit Records (P.C.H. Records) located in Philadelphia where she now calls her home.
Shana Tucker is a singer/songwriter and cellist whose self-described ChamberSoul style of music is a sultry pastiche of acoustic pop and soulful, jazz-influenced contemporary folk. Shana's debut solo project, "SHiNE" (MamaGooch Music), outlines a musical journey that indeed celebrates the major influences of everyday life: relationship, laughter, love...loss, rediscovery, and the never-ending journey towards heightened levels of peace, understanding and self-acceptance. Splitting her time between Durham, NC and Las Vegas, where she sings and plays cello for the show, "KA" by Cirque du Soleil, Shana performs an eclectic mix of originals, covers which span the decades, and jazz standards both known and obscure to audiences of all ages. She also conducts songwriting workshops and residencies that tap into the creative selves of budding artists in grades K-12, and mentors young string players who have aspirations for performing in non-traditional/non-classical environments. Shana is a storyteller; her music indeed speaks for itself, through well-crafted lyrics, subtle, lingering melodies, and compositions that boast a unique, satisfying blend of humor and gravity. Her music is something worth sharing, worth keeping, worth hearing more of. -- www.shanatucker.com
This program is produced by Joan Cartwright a/k/a MUSICWOMAN for www.wijsf.org
Akua Dixon is a New Yorker. She attended School of Performing Arts, studied cello with Benar Heifetz at Manhattan School of Music, and composition with Rudolf Schramm. She performed with Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Bob Hope, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Itzak Perlman, Pinchus Zuckerman and Jessye Norman. On Broadway she has performed in La Cage Aux Faux, Liza with a Z, Dream Girls, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Akua leads Quartette Indigo and founded Uptown String Quartet. She arranged strings for the 5-Grammy CD, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and Aretha Franklin’s Grammy-nominated A Rose Is Still A Rose. She notated and conducted Riverside for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and conducted a new ballet for Wolf Trap’s Face of America series at Wolf Trap. She was assistant principal cellist in the Ballet Orchestra for Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theatre and The Dance Theatre of Harlem. Akua performs original works and arrangements of Jazz classics in major concert halls, jazz festivals, colleges, universities, jazz clubs and schools in New York; Tanglewood; Rome; Milan; St. Lucia; Berlin; Utrecht; Pori; Seville; Graz; Puerto Rico; Istanbul; Athens; Paris; Vienne; Cuba; Hawaii and Athens. She received awards from NEA in Composition (1980) and the Rockefeller Foundation (1986). In 1998, she won the African American Classical Music Award. She mentors public school string students with Hip Hop Blues Project. She has been a featured artist on Carnegie Hall Education’s Library concerts and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s music in the schools tours. Website: www.akuadixon.com
This is one of those times when yours truly has no clue WHERE to start! Karen Oberlin is such a phenomenal talent - gifted in multiple ways - that we might run out of room to describe HOW :-D
The daughter of classical musicians - and granddaughter of vaudevillians, Karen learned how to play piano and flute as a child. She was playing cello in her county orchestra when she was young, too. But PLAYING music was only one of her interests. She was inspired by vocalists - drawn to Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, and Doris Day - playing the latter in a well-received play.
About PLAYS! Karen appeared in over 100 performances of the off-Broadway, "Our Sinatra." Yes, an actress ("All My Children" and Shakespeare to TV commercials) as well as consummate, story-telling singer. Add to that a Master Class Teacher of acting, singing and interpreting songs.
This Mabel Mercer Foundation Award Winner feels comfortable in the Jazz world, as she does in Pop and Great American standard circles. A favorite of the New York Times, she has created fans from the most hard-core of critics (Rex Reed!) who have been reduced to rubble in trying to describe her charisma, expertise, and exquisite stage presence. The first "Maureen" in the extraordinarily successful, "Rent", Karen is at home in big rooms as well as more intimate ones. Feinstein's, The Oak Room at The Algonquin, London, Paris - they all know the name: Karen Oberlin.
YOU will know her better, too, when she joins us in the third hour of "Hybrid Jazz" on 4/3/2014. She will be sharing her excitement about the new collaboration with guitar virtuoso, Sean Harkness. Called "A Wish", this CD focuses on the sheer beauty of one instrument and a voice - it's magical - and we'll hear tracks from it - as well as revel in Karen's journey :)
The Reese Project performs jazz & world music, with a few classical & celtic standards thrown in! Their works range from folky in flavor to classical to modern. Their latest CD, "Comin' Home Baby" features works of Herbie Mann and is very funky! Tom has over 150 compositions completed & published. In 1999, Tom & The Reese Project released a CD called "Blue Etude" of all originals. It later received a pre-nomination for a Grammy Award for best new jazz composition. The Reese Project has 12 jazz CD's, released under various labels. Tom recently did arrangements for the New York based Big Apple Jazz Orchestra and has had works commissioned by the Lancaster Summer Arts Festival and the Sunday Sinfonia. The Reese Project is led by Tom Reese on flutes & his wife Laurie Haines Reese on cello, and includes his brother, Kirk Reese on piano & Glenn Ferracone on drums. Recently, Tom & Laurie collaborated on a composition that reached number 3 on the ReverbNation Ambient music charts in Los Angeles. They have been invited to collaborate on a project for film music. For more about the group and upcoming events, the Reese Project
Join host Robert Forto as he welcomes musician and musher Sabe Flores to Mushing Radio.
It is hard to describe Sabe Flores’s style. Picture a classically trained cellist gone wild. Sabe has broken from the traditions and lets her voice fly with her original songs which consist of a rocking cello and vocals.
Sabe is a 3rd generation Fairbanks, Alaskan who started playing Suzuki cello when she was four. In her teenage years she auditioned for Idyllwild Arts Academy and attended sophomore year of high school there. At Idyllwild she studied with teacher John Walz, a student of the legendary Pierre Fournier and the principle cellist of the Los Angeles Opera. John Walz was a great inspiration and gave new meaning to her music. Something was missing though. She felt a great love for music but knew it was time to find what really made her passion burn.
During one summer she met cellist David Chew and was invited to attend his cello Festival, RICE, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. In Brazil she met Eugene Friesen, who later became her cello teacher at Berklee College of music In the falls of 2010 and 2011. There she also studied with multi instrumentalist Rob Thomas.
Sabe is presently enjoying her life as a musical vagabond. She is currently gigging around Alaska and will be on her way to Nashville in the spring of 2014 where she has previously opened up for the Steeldrivers and the Roland White Band. When in Alaska she enjoys spending time with her farm animals and her boyfriend, Lance Mackey’s sled dogs.
Her first CD. Dumpster Dreams, was recorded in Seattle and is an interesting mix of multiple cello tracks and voice. You can visit her website at www.sabeflores.com.
iChoRa - Intravenous Angels “It’s dark, gothic, and atmospheric…Chri’s vocals are unlike any other. At times they are gritty and perfect for the hard rock scene, other times they are smoother – reminiscent of the trance-like vocals of Radiohead’s In Rainbows…”Zack Daggy (The Mothpod, USA)
iChoRa (pronounced eye-kora) is a diverse musical tapestry, ranging from heavy guitar driven rock to piano and acoustic based ballads.
chri is a self-taught musician from Western Australia and plays all of the instruments on iChoRa recordings
(vocals / guitars / piano / keyboards / bass / drums / percussion / cello / violin and anything else within reach).
iChoRa means "veins of light" or "body of light"; referring to the vast, limitless potential that exists in all of us.
Honest and heartfelt, iChoRa's music is an emotional journey drawn from soul searching, inner reflections and compassionate observations of life.
"Veins Of Light" is the debut release from iChoRa;
Join us for a discussion with Maarten Roos and Ilse DeZiah about the new movie, Living The Tradition. Ilse is an Australian cellist who plays the traditional Irish airs with great artistry and feeling. We will hear from them how they came to make the movie, and what the filming was like.