Well, Here we are so close to the first night of our residency! Thursday night is our tribute to our favorite singer/songwriter, Gillian Welch. We already were very familiar with her songs but this gave us an opportunity to really get into the tunes. We have had a ton of fun working out our arrangements of these songs.
The other exciting thing about this Artist in Residency opportunity is that I have been able to call on some other local and regional acts to open the stage for us each night. At the beginning of each week of residency I'll be posting a mini interview and bio about each group that will be joining us. Up first is :
The Sunrise Review!
The Sunrise Review is soundtracks for landscapes. A music performance and recording arts project of Graham Smith-White which uses nature as inspiration for music compositions. Solar powered recording equipment allows these natural spaces to function as a studio as well, adding a unique production style and project narrative.
"I started writing the music for The Sunrise Review in the ocean off the coast of Australia during 2005 and 2006. I would spend most mornings in the sea waiting for waves to surf. During these outings I would spend my down time between sets gathering my thoughts, keeping myself on track with projects small and large. It became an almost daily ritual, my Sunrise Review. There in the water I discovered that the world around me was an inspiration which was changing my view and experience of music."
The musical focus of The Sunrise Review incorporates styles from the world over into unique and interesting compositions with a focus on the intersection of eastern and western folk styles, best described as Middle Eastern Bluegrass or Dobro Raga. The project sees Graham in multiple roles; composer, performer, producer and engineer.
So, Graham answered these few silly questions of mine so I could give you a little insight as to what you could expect:
1. How long has The Sunrise Review been performing?
A: I have been performing as The Sunrise Review for about 7 years. The first performance was actually at open mic at The Meck.
2. If you could describe what inspires your music in 3 words, what would they be?
A: The Sunrise Review is an exercise in consciously cultivating inspiration. There's a world of it and I take my solar powered recording equipment out to capture it as music.
To pick 3. Water, Earth, Sky
3. What's one of your hobbies?
A: Cooking is my favorite hobby. I enjoy being creative with food and flavors. Tasting the results is the best part. I have a fruit curry recipe that I sell with downloads of my music so folks can have a dinner concert.
4. What do you like on your pizza?
A: Pizza, oh man. Pizza is probably my favorite food. I like it so many ways. Cornmeal crust, deep dish. Red sauce with mint and a pinch of cinnamon and dill, lately I've been using pesto with lemon basil from my garden. Bacon, pineapple, roast garlic, onions, olives, spinach. I made a pizza with peanut butter, cheddar and dates once.
5. What's the last thing you do in the Green Room before hitting the stage?
A: I don't really have a routine I follow before performing. Every time is different. It depends on where I am and what's going on. I was just performing in Yosemite serenading a trail crew. The last thing I did there was put on sunscreen and make sure I was out of the way of any falling rocks.
We've been working really hard to get these shows put together and I am really excited to get to share them with you! Here is the ticket link for buying tickets in advance:
I hope you can join us!
Chelsea and the RA