This last New Year’s Eve Eve Of the North played a gig at Tonic Tavern with Pay the Devil. The show was absolutely amazing with a great turnout, a receptive audience, and a really fun opening act. This was my first show with the full band and it couldn’t have gone any better. Read the rest of this entry »
Of the North will be playing at Tonic Tavern on Dec 30th at about 8 pm. This’ll be my first gig with the full band (bass, additional vocals, and trumpet) so that’s exciting! I also have revised most of my cello parts and will be showing off a bit more. The show is free and Pay the Devil, a Milwaukee bluegrass band will be opening for us. I’m sure there’ll be a video or two posted once the show is done, but please come out and watch the whole show.
Of the North began recording a 5 song EP over the weekend. I laid down cello tracks on Sunday morning, and everything is sounding great. Expect the fully mixed and mastered EP within the next couple of weeks!
Way back in high school I recorded a cello track for a friend’s punk band. I really enjoyed the song and recording this was one of my first experiences in a real sound studio. I’ve had the mp3 in regular rotation at home for a long time now, but only recently did I find the song online (and subsequently found out what the track’s actual title is). Anyway, hear my cello contribution to “My Conclusion” on Every Day Use’s Last FM page »
I joined Of the North, a Milwaukee based folk band on cello! The band has played a handful of shows at the Milwaukee Public Market, Art Bar, and a few other venues. They have a 3-song EP currently recorded and are looking to record a full CD this Fall. I hope to use the versatility of the cello to add to their overall sound, and am greatly looking forward to performing again.
A custom playback unit coded in PD combined with a cello, a used speaker, and one home-built transducer all came together for this piece. It’s terribly unfortunate that I lost the majority of the working code for this project before securing a recording Luckily, I was able to find this recording of a test run.
“Chop Suey!” is a highly successful metal song from Armenian-American rock artists, System of a Down. A favorite of mine and my high school rock band members, I arranged it for orchestra in my junior year of high school. My old band mate and orchestra stand partner, a music education major at UW-Whitewater, asked me to arrange the song for a cello ensemble for his senior recital. I gladly obliged, writing for a cello quartet plus one cello to perform a percussive accompaniment. I played the percussive part, and the rest of the ensemble came from the cello section at Whitewater. The piece was a wildly successful closer to a fantastic recital. Read the rest of this entry »
Irresolution first began as a duet written with a floor mate from the dorms my freshman year. We worked on the guitar chord progression together, he wrote some vocals, and I wrote the cello part. During the Fall 2005 semester, I reinvented the piece by finding the original cello part, and piecing together the rest. The acoustic guitar part is similar to the original, and the piano melody is based on the original vocal melody, or at least what I remember of it. The mandolin and classical guitar parts were added to better use my fellow members of the Contemporary Music Ensemble, whose performance of this piece can be heard on the CD. Read the rest of this entry »