As I’m trying to decide if we should do a quick or a long fade on the cymbals at the end of my new recording of “Plenty of Nothing” after six hours of trying to find the right mix and fixing spots on this song, I wonder how many listeners realize how tediously unromantic and time-consuming the process of finishing the final recording of a song is.
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I’m honored to help present “Singers of Songs” - Cello works by David Baker as recorded by cellist Manuel Fischer-Dieskau on MDG Records during a concert series in Germany from October 12 – 18. The CD was released earlier this year and I got to contribute the piano part to the Suite for Cello and Jazz Trio as well as the liner notes. The music is an interesting mix of classical and jazz elements and Manuel’s cello playing is simply beautiful. And even more special was to listen to David’s stories about writing the music for cello virtuoso Janos Starker who initially brushed it off as easy fare until he realized the demands and the quality of the compositions. (more…)
Looking forward to a night of stories and songs with Tom Roznowski this Friday. He is wonderful at giving us the background stories to the classics from the Great American Songbook. Did you know that Cole Porter was one of the few writers who wrote music and lyrics together? Hence his melodies match the meaning of the words incredibly well. We’ll engage in the stories and songs in the beautiful setting at Topo’s on 403 N Walnut in Bloomington. Hope you can join us – 7-10pm.