Bumcello CD “Al” produced by Harlan Steinberger and Tommy Jordan nominated for a Victoires due la Musique award.
July 31, 2013
In November of 2012, the latest release, “Al“ from the group Bumcello was released in France. Produced by myself (Harlan Steinberger) and Tommy Jordan, the record was nominated for a 2013 Victoires due la Musique Award, which is equivalent to receiving a Grammy nomination here in the United States.
The creation of “Al” was a very interesting process. First, the band spent a few days in a Paris studio recording improvised musical interludes. Then, later back in my USA based studio Hen House Studios,Tommy and I manipulated the 15 hours of music into songs. We stretched the editing capabilities of my pro tools rig, morphed tempos, key signature and chords into a 12 song CD release. A process that took 4 months.
The track “Jacaranda” charted in France and was highlighted with a children’s choir from The Jacaranda School in Malawi, Africa. The school is an incredible place, where all the students attending are AIDs orphans. I actually had the privilege of visiting and volunteering there with my family in 2011. Unable to attend the choir recording sessions, Tommy and I communicated with the kids and studio engineer and produce the session through Skype. We are all very proud of this beautiful record.
November 24, 2010
Peach has a grittiness, a raw energy and sheer lust for experience rarely seen in modern blues. Their sound reaches back to Big Mama Thornton and Janis with stunning vocals and rich brass, but with a 21st-century sensibility and velvety undertones that will blow you out of the water. Peach makes good use of the slide guitar, the B-3, the organ, and much more to give it’s audience a full dose of the blue experience.
Peach is lead by Peach, the band’s singer songwriter and plays guitar. She has tons of experience, playing and touring for years on end. Her right-hand man is Paulie Cerra, who is Peach’s music director and plays the sax as well. Peach and Paulie are accompanied by Maria Martinez on drums and percussion, Hardy Eason on B-3 and piano, Lynn Keller on bass, Joey Delgado on guitars, Lee Thornburg on trumpet and Gina Segall, Peach’s very young daughter, a musical prodigy who plays kickass blues percussion like she just returned from a midnight deal at the crossroads.
November 20, 2010
-Aya Peard’s latest project was a reunion of sorts for this group of very talented musicians. Singer/songwriter Aya Peard assembled Phremyl, even though the group hadn’t played together in over five years. Aya’s music is finding a wider and wider audience (including Nickelodeon’s South of Nowhere), yet it retains it’s intimate connection with the audience. Aya spreads her warm energy and mystical sounds to all those listening. Her songs are heart-felt, drawing from experiences of love and pain. The dreamy mood of her music will send you floating off to distant lands.
November 19, 2010
Andy Tubman creates music is beautiful, inspiring and heart-felt. With an impressive range, his style slips fluidly from late-night at the bar rock ballads where you can feel the heat from the amps to soft horns and melodious guitars deftly woven into lyrical fabric by Andy’s sweet voice. The sound created is unique, familiar and new, with echoes of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits as his voice trails off into gravelly tones after soaring lyrics that take you into hidden places in your own heart. Spectacular.
November 14, 2010
Adam Rudolph, born and raised in Chicago, received music degrees from Oberlin College and California Institute of the Arts. He is now an accomplished master percussionist and has been studying music and rhythms from around the globe. Adam plays everything from congas and djembe to tabla and the didgeridoo.
Having lived in such places as India and West Africa, Adam’s music possesses an international flavor. Blending the different sounds from his colorful past, Rudolph teamed up with Hamid Drake to create some music that warms the body and soul.
November 9, 2010
October 25, 2010
Thanks all who came out and many thanks to Beyond Baroque for hosting such a wonderful night!
October 19, 2010
— By Michael Mechanic Mon Oct. 18, 2010 4:00 AM PDT
Excerpt from article:
MJ: What about something totally outside your genre?
GM: I like to think there’s no outside; that I can hear whatever has a claim to make, but if you’d asked me if I were interested in poetry set to music, I’d probably say no. When I heard Ellyn Maybe’s “City Streets” on KALX in Berkeley I had no idea what it was, just that I was transfixed. I called up the DJ, went to Amoeba Records, couldn’t find it, wrote away—and after listening to Maybe’s album Rodeo for the Sheepish (Hen House) half a dozen times, I had no idea who the people behind it were—a poet, and a musician/singer who sounds like many of himself, or for that matter her-himself. But there’s a pathos cut with self-lacerating humor that makes this the most surprising and painful music I’ve come across.
August 16, 2010
I have started to write something about you for your site several times, and each time I am struck by my inability to describe what you do in terms beautiful enough, original enough to do you justice. But it’s always been this way. Who has ever been able to say in other words what a song says? Maybe it’s why I like your poems so much, they say what can only be said in exactly the way you say it. The best way of turning someone on to you is to play you for them.
Photo Credit: Brandise Danesewich
July 29, 2010
by Michael C Ford
My initial thought was to decline an invitation to comment on these 49 spoken word tracks. As an associate producer at Hen House Studios, during the gestation period of this recorded document, there might have been some danger that the subjective nature of my prose would take on the PR complexion of a pinch of low grade salt. That being said, however, as someone who studied the important facets of the creative process with Kenneth Rexroth, Kenneth Patchen and, later, with the poet and translator Jack Hirschman at UCLA, I have better chance of identifying with what’s concerned the Robert Peters compendium of five decades of literary contributions than, perhaps, most anyone. And I/m really talking about gifts which comprise his prolific catalogue, and how his many works have been assimilated into realms of the World Culture.
One has only to listen to Peters, on tracks like Father, Son, Cousin, Country-Western Band or Home-Made Saw-Rig. With a combination of rhapsody and lament he invites us to experience the rural landscapes, as well as the interior terrain of the years of his Wisconsin youth. Then, as with cuts like Memory Loss In A Parkinglot, we’re hearing him go onward, into an undeniable poetic maturity. It should be noted that executive producer Harlan Steinberger is responsible for the competently composed, engaging and thoroughly complimentary musical backdrop.
As a hyphenated American poet-playwright- essayist-critical analyst, Peters has been continuously, acknowledged as an author of evocative, imperious perceptions, generally, involved with the whole of international literature. Read more