JARED TYLER

* Your musical inspirations?

Anyone i've ever heard who truly sang or played from their heart and soul. 
You can usually tell people's intentions by the way their music moves you.
My Grandfather on my dad's side was my first inspiration musically.  We
would always jam along with Hee-haw on saturday nites. he died when I was
 8, but i will forever be inspired by his music.

* Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

Don't know where to start but here's a few - Malcolm Holcombe, Stevie
Wonder, Tracy chapman, Bobby McFerrin, James Taylor, Shawn Colvin, EmmyLou Harris, Patty Griffin, New Grass Revival, Bob Dylan, Kosira, Michael Hedges, Merle Haggard, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, Daniel Lanois, Bill Monroe, Bill Withers, most african music I hear and this is just a glimpse...

 * Has music helped you thru a difficult time in your life?

Absolutely! If ever i'm depressed( more than I'd like to admit) music always
sets me free.  It reminds me what is really important in life - release and
creativity.

* Your thoughts on the connection between music and healing--

Music is the expression of the spirit and the soul. I believe all modes of
healing have to start here.

Tulsa Native, singer-songwriter, Jared Tyler, makes his national debut with the release of BLEU ALLELUIA, an Album Produced by the legendary Russ Titelman, on Russ's new label, Walking Liberty Records, NYC. Russ is an icon of a producer having produced many of the major recording artists of the past three decades,including Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, George Harrison, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Cyndi Lauper, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett,and many more.

Featuring some of music's greats such as EmmyLou Harris and Willy Weeks, this debut record showcases Jared's free and smooth vocal style and his multi-instrumental talents through eleven original songs, supported by a powerful cast of musicians, singers, songwriters, and engineers. World beat Americana Soul might come to mind when listening to the rhythmic grooves and passionate heartbeat of the Jared Tyler sound.

Jared began working with Russ Titelman two years ago, after meeting him through fellow native Tulsan and friend, Mary Kay Place. At the time Mary Kay and Jared were both working on the movie,"KILLER DILLER", which is to be released this year, featuring Fred Willard (Waiting for Guffman), Lucas Black (SlingBlade),Will Lee Scott (October Sky), John Michael Higgins, Mary Kay Place, and veteran blues artist Taj Mahal. Playing the role of Raymond, Jared makes his feature film debut on the big screen.

Oklahoma native, Jared Tyler, started playing the mandolin, singing, and writing songs at an early age. From Merle Haggard to Stevie Wonder to Emmylou Harris to Tracy Chapman, Tyler has been influenced by a wide range of musicians during his 26 years. Tyler's music is as diverse and complex as it is warm and inviting. The gripping, soulful sound of his voice mesmerizes everyone who hears it.

Among others, Tyler has opened for a wide range of artists and bands such as Nickel Creek, Merle Haggard, Wilco, Shelby Lynne, Dave Wilcox, Shannon Lawson, and Willis Alan Ramsey. In 2000, he toured with legendary singer/songwriter Malcolm Holcombe. Tyler has recorded with Holcombe; Shannon Lawson; the Tractors; Jelly RollJohnson; bassist and producer, Dave Pomeroy; and producer, Scott Harding,EmmyLou Harris, Mary Kay Place, and many more.

While his crowds continue to grow around Tulsa, Jared is beginning to plot a world tour to push "Blue Alleluia." Constantly expanding and finding new venues, such as ITunes and CD Baby, he hopes to give his universal music broad exposure worldwide.
www.jaredtyler.com

VEDA HILLE

Photo by Mark Mushet

recent musical inspirations: 

birds, kids singing, the piano, the fits, musical theatre, big choruses, my casio SK-1
and my nord electro.  and the garage, we fixed up the jam space and it's quite exciting in
there right now.

current favorite cds and musicians:

final fantasy has a good home, robin holcomb little three, billy joel glass houses, talking
heads remain in light, judy sill first two records.

veda hille, september 21 2005.

Subject was born in Vancouver, Canada, into a relatively balanced family
(two parents, two siblings). Some trouble fitting in at school, otherwise
an interested and focussed child.  Began playing piano at age 6 at her own
insistence.  Classical lessons led inevitably to playing pop tunes and "jazz
studies".

Subject attended art college (film, sculpture) in her early twenties and
began writing music. Subject has produced numerous recordings (see
 appendix A), associated with other musicians (appendix B), toured
 extensively (appendix C), composed for dance, film, and other projects
 (appendix D) and learned to play the tenor guitar.

Subject responds well to questioning and appears bright and happy, although
prone to "artistic moods". This does not seem to distress her however, and
she claims to be "excited about her work".

Diagnosis pending further study.

Appendix A  
Discography

Appendix B   Musical Associates

Subject's current band consists of:
Martin Walton (bass and lap steel, also plays with Rat Purdy)
Ford Pier (electric guitar, organ, french horn, ex of DOA and currently
fronting his own band and a member of Show Business Giants)
Barry Mirochnick (drums and anything else, ex of Helen and Veal)

This "skilled and devoted" band occasionally features Peggy Lee on cello. 
Other associates have included Christof Migone (sound artist,
NYC), Martin Tielli & Don Kerr (Rheostatics),Stephen Nikleva (guitarist,
currently working with Ray Condo and his Ricochets), and engineer/producers
 David Travers-Smith, Marc L'Esperance and Colin Stewart.

Appendix C   Touring

Subject tours alone and with her band. Habitual routes lead her through
Canada, the USA, Germany and Switzerland, with forays into Ireland, and the
 UK.

Appendix D     Commissioned Work

Subject has composed extensively for modern dance, film, and Special Occasions
since 1996.  A selection of commissions listed below.

Untitled (in progress)  A song cycle commissioned by the Vancouver
East Cultural Centre in honour of their 30th anniversary.  Slated to
premiere April 2004.

Birthday Boy (A Nativity)  Engaged as composer and musical director
for the 5th Leaky Heaven Circus.  Opened December 18, 2002.

Silver  A song cycle commissioned by the Vancouver Folk Music Festival
in honour of their 25th anniversary.  Premiered July 20, 2002, with the
band and guests and accompanying video by Shawn Chappelle.

Yukon Suite  A song cycle documenting subject's participation in the
Yukon Journey, a three week trip through Canada's northern territories in
July 2000, as sponsored by the Yukon Arts Centre.  Premiered Dec 17 2000
as part of Field Study, a solo piano and vocal show with accompanying video
by Shawn Chappelle.

birdsong  A 3 minute a cappella song based on birdcalls,
commissioned by the Songbird Project (Vancouver). Incorporated into the
Field Study show.

Monkey's Travels  A puppet show commissioned by subject's family (or
possibly inflicted on subject's family).  Premiered December 31,
1999.

Here is a picture  A song cycle documenting the life of Canadian
painter Emily Carr, as commissioned by Mascall Dance (Vancouver) for use as
a score for their show "The Brutal Telling". Premiered in 1998.
 
Appendix E Self proclaimed influences

Musicians Glenn Gould, Robin Holcomb, Flaming Lips, the songs of
Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler, writers Annie Dillard, Russell Hoban,
filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki, Wes Anderson, artists Stephanie Aitken, my name
 is scot, Henry Darger, and pink gin, mechanical toys, crocheted animals,
faulty translations.
www.vedahille.com

MICHAEL WOLFF

MUSICAL INSPIRATIONS:

"My first musical inspiration was my father. Marvin Wolff was an amateur musician from Indianola, Mississippi. He was born in 1924 and died in 1990. He was a physician by profession, but possessed perfect pitch and a love of jazz and blues.

He could pick up any instrument and play it. He particularly liked the piano and all wind instruments, including the recorder, the clarinet, and the flute. There was always music around our house, and one of my early memories is watching a 45 record with a red label spinning around and around on our record player. It was "love and marriage",  sung by Frank Sinatra.

    My father turned me on to the music of Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Oscar Peterson, George  Shearing, and many others. He'd put on a record and we'd sit in the den (a tiny room with two chairs and a record player) and he'd analyze the music for me. He taught me the "St Louis Blues" on the piano when I was four years old.

    His love of music and the musicians who made it are what drew me to music and becoming a professional musician. I guess I subconsciously wanted to fulfill his unrealized dream of being a professional musician."
 
FAVORITE SONGS, CDS, MUSICIANS:

"One of my favorite standard songs is My Funny Valentine, by Rogers and Hart. It is such a perfect theme and development in the melody. One kernel which is repeated intervallicly and rhythmically, and contrasted so beautifully by the melody in the bridge. The minor harmonic structure in the A section is exquisite, and perfect to embellish and improvise on. It is brooding, sad, and joyous simultaneously.

    One of my favorite CD's is IN A SILENT WAY, by Miles Davis. One or my other favorites is NEFERTITTI, also by Miles Davis. These two albums, Nefertitti first, then In A Silent Way, changed music and jazz, and certainly my conception of that music.  They are both creative and different and ahead of their time.

    And my favorite musician was always Miles Davis. Never content, never standing still, always magical and mysterious, difficult and soaring. A great instrumentalist, composer, and above all band leader. To me he is a wonderful, good virus. Much of the great music of the 20th century can be traced to people he played with, and people who played with him , and people who played with the people who played with him.

    I consider myself extremely fortunate to have played with so many great musicians who played with Miles Davis, including Airto Moreira,   Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Al Foster, Badal Roy, and Al Foster, just to name a few.

   I hope to continue the tradition of change and growth in music, taking after Miles Davis' approach."

Michael Wolff

Michael Wolff & Impure Thoughts

Michael Wolff is a brilliant and innovative pianist/composer with a wealth of straight ahead jazz credentials (Sonny Rollins, Nancy Wilson, Airto, Cal Tjader, Cannonball Adderley, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Jean Luc Ponty) as well as an impressive body of movie soundtrack work ("Dark Angel," "The Tic Code"). Michael Wolff addresses his own musical roots while incorporating a fresh world beat sensibility as leader of his inventive band Impure Thoughts (John B. Williams on bass, Victor Jones on drums, Badal Roy on tablas).

"My formative years were the '70s," says Wolff, "Groups like Return to Forever, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, electric Miles...that's the music I grew up with. I remember the first time I heard Bitches Brew on a juke box at this place in Berkeley, California. It blew my mind and I'll never forget it. When you're young, whatever it is that draws you in, you never get over it. And that was some of the music that initially drew me in."

"I'm doing the music that I want to do now," says Wolff. "I'm just going totally for a creative vibe at this point in my career. And if I do a jazz standard I'm going to filter it through my point of view relating to where I am today. It's like what Picasso would say about his portraits: 'I just paint how I feel about the person.' That's the way I approach being a jazz musician."

Wolff's entry into this pan-global mix of sounds was triggered by a trip that his parents took several years ago to Yemen and Ethiopia. As he explains, "They had brought me back a bag of cassettes to check out, music that they had gathered from their travels. The tapes were all labeled in Arabic so I didn't know what it really was. It was a mixture of African sounds and Indian beats that was absolutely amazing. Those countries have somehow absorbed that influence of tablas and tamboura...that kind of drone built into their musical culture...along with the influence of African percussion. To me, that was really the essence of what Miles was trying to get to with On The Corner. All this music, harmonically, is so simple. But, the intrigue comes from the groove, the textures and tension in the music. I never really liked the pyrotechnical kind of chops-oriented fusion stuff. That's not what I want to play. I want the music to flow and breathe more. And I just love the aspect of mixing different elements together in the music."

Michael exhibited a natural talent for music at an early age, he began classical piano lessons at the age of 8, and went through a series of local bands before landing his first significant professional gig at age 19 with Latin jazz pioneer Cal Tjader. "When I was with Cal, we had every age group coming to our gigs," Wolff recalls. "Not only that, we also had Latin people, white people, black people, football players, movie stars like Marlon Brando, Ali McGraw and Steve McQueen, and hippies. We had everybody coming out to see the band and I always thought that was the way music should be. If you're playing music that can touch people on different levels, then you're really doing something important."

In 1975 Wolff was hired by the great alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, who also enjoyed a wide appeal at the time. "When I was with Cannonball, Miles would come to check us out. Everybody checked us out. There was a real scene surrounding that band. It was like you were on a wave of forward motion."

That high profile gig led to stints with Sonny Rollins, Airto Moreira and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra before Wolff became the musical director, arranger and pianist for singer Nancy Wilson, for whom he wrote orchestral arrangements and conducted over 25 major symphonies worldwide. Taking his talents to television, Wolff became the musical director for the popular "Arsenio Hall Show." He held that position for the full 5 ½ year run of the show. Wolff wrote music everyday, arranged and performed with hundreds of accomplished, and diverse, musicians, including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Yo Yo Ma and Placido Domingo.

After his tenure with television ended, Wolff jumped back into the jazz scene with a string of highly regarded recordings including Michael Wolff, Portraiture -- The Blues Period and two piano trio outings -- Jumpstart and 2AM -- with jazz drumming legend Tony Williams and the young upright bass star Christian McBride. "But even as I was doing those straight ahead projects," recalls Wolff, "I always wanted to do something that was more world music oriented."

His initial venture into this exotic amalgam of jazz and Indian music began from a meeting with Indian tabla master Badal Roy. "I called him up and asked him to come over to my place (in Manhattan). He checked me out and eventually came over. He took out his instruments and just started playing, and I started playing along with him. He told me later on that that's how he worked with Miles back in the '70s. All Miles said was, 'You start,' and they just started playing.”

After adding saxophonist and former high school classmate Alex Foster (a longtime member of the "Saturday Night Live" band as well as a member of Jaco Pastorius' Word Of Mouth band, and currently musical director of the Mingus Big Band), percussionist Frank Colon, drummer Victor Jones and bassist John B. Williams (his bandmate from "The Arsenio Hall Show"), Wolff christened the band Impure Thoughts and secured a regular gig at the West Bank Cafe in Manhattan. Their chemistry was first documented on Impure Thoughts (released 2000), and subsequently on Intoxicate (released 2002). The band’s third release, Dangerous Vision, will be released in the fall of 2004. This recording, sans saxophone, he offers a set of 9 tunes that puts the spotlight directly on Wolff, and allows him the freedom to be the lead melodic instigator. With his long-time companions (John B. Williams, Badal Roy, Victor Jones and Mike Clark), this combustible quartet of Impure Thoughts establishes Wolff as a visionary in the music. An uncompromising leader, there is no doubt that Wolff has found his own voice, one that touches on many different and exciting levels."With this band we can play anywhere from a mainstream club like Birdland in New York to jam band places like Wetlands in New York or Higher Ground in Vermont. But wherever we play, whenever we get together we feel like we're creating some magic." Wolff adds, "I'm as excited about music now as when I started out. I'm a different person and I have a different life now. I'm not hanging out in the clubs every night. I'm married (to actress Polly Draper) and I have two kids. But I feel like now I'm in my prime in terms of having all experience and still having the energy of a young person."
www.michaelwolff.com

ANNE LINDSAY

* Your musical inspirations?  * Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

I grew up playing classical music but started listening to folk, rock and jazz when I was a teen.

It was the 1970's, so some of my influences were Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, the Grateful Dead, Vassar Clements, John Hartford, Stephane Grappelli and Miles Davis.

Interestingly , my favorite classical violinist was Yehudi Menuhin, another cross - over player with his experiments playing jazz and Indian music.
I guess all these influences stuck because my music today is still a real melting pot.

* Your thoughts on the connection between music and healing--

I think that music helps us all, makes our lives richer, whether through experience or expression.

For most of her life, the Toronto violinist - or is she a fiddler? -- has been listening in on other people's musical conversations, absorbing an enormous variety of ideas, idioms, dialects, patterns, rhythms and melodies.

Recorded in Toronto, EAVESDROPPING contains 13 original tunes that showcase Anne's hybrid style -- neither violin nor fiddle, but a confident blend of both disciplines. The funky, fiddle-driven tracks combine strong melodies and complex rhythms with a rootsy approach to stretching musical boundaIries.

Anne has performed on concert, club and festival stages and in countless studio sessions with artists including John McDermott, Jim Cuddy, Blue Rodeo, Natalie McMaster, The Chieftains, Led Zeppelin, Oliver Schroer, Oh Susanna, Beyond The Pale, Heartwood, The Calore Trio, David Woodhead, and in the hit stage musical, Stan Rogers: A Matter Of Heart. Anne also regularly plays (fiddle!) for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Beginning her musical studies at the age of five, Anne specialised in violin, voice and piano. A graduate of York University and the Royal Conservatory Of Music in Toronto she has received many scholarships and awards over the course of her training.

"Music really began to take over my life early on. With days split between high school, the Conservatory, church choir and my first folk/rock experiments. I listened to as many violinists and bands as I could: Zappa, Menuhin, Vassar Clements, Jean Luc Ponty, Stephane Grappelli, Joe Venuti, The Grateful Dead, even Jimi Hendrix. I threw off my middle-class mores and ran away with a rock band."

Inspired by these great performers who expanded the possibilities of the violin in their time, Anne has established herself as one of the most engaging and versatile instrumentalists in Canada, adapting her unique violin/fiddle style to the eclectic sounds and musical languages of the country's rich cultural texture.

Her musical conversations have allowed her to become fluent in many languages - jazz, Eastern European, country, Celtic and Canadian traditional music, Middle and Far Eastern forms, rock and classical. She's comfortable - and amazing to hear and watch - in any setting, with a sedate chamber ensemble, with a sentimental balladeer, with a full-tilt rock 'n' roll band, with a hot jazz outfit, ripping into country and folk fiddle riffs, or swapping modal licks in a raging Klezmer band.

"As a child I was taught that eavesdropping was a no-no. It was rude to listen in on other people's conversations,"Anne says in the liner notes of her independent debut solo CD, "Eavesdropping", a remarkable personal assessment of her many fascinating musical dialogues over the past 20 years.

"As a musician, I couldn't have found my own voice unless I'd listened in."

Raising a family never stopped Anne from performing, but for about eight years, when her children were very young there just wasn't time to compose. Now she's stepping forward with a strong personal statement, "EAVESDROPPING", embracing the rich and varied musical languages in which she has become fluent as she and her violin tell stories of love and parenting, sorrow, loss and the joys of city living and pastoral life.

Recorded mostly 'live off the floor', EAVESDROPPING , features a sampling of the embarrassment of riches found in the Toronto contemporary music scene: Bill Brennan (Nexus, John Millard and Happy Day) piano, percussion and vibes, Al Cross (Big Sugar) drums, Colleen Allen - saxophones, Jason Fowler - guitar, Kim Ratcliffe (Holly Cole) guitar, Andrew Downing (Flying Bulgur Klezmer Band, Zubot and Dawson) acoustic bass, Oliver Schroer (Great Big Sea, Jimmy Webb) 5 string fiddle, David Woodhead (James Keelaghan, Stan and Garnet Rogers) fretless bass, acoustic guitar, accordion, mandolin, lap steel, Wendy Solomon (Bowfire) - cello, Dennis Keldie - hammond organ and Tosh Weyman - saxophones (who just happens to be Anne's son) - making his recording debut.

"This collection of original compositions reflects where I am now - a veteran performer just as comfortable delivering a simple,heartfelt ballad as I am rocking out on a wailing fiddle-driven groove. Music doesn't make distinctions ... it finds its way into every heart."

Always a captivating performer, Anne Lindsay has found her own voice. It's a voice you'll recognize.... and one you'll never forget.
 www.anne-lindsay.com

LIATA

* Your musical inspirations? 
 
Pink Martini, Sarah Brightman, Diana Krall, Andrea Bocelli, Madeleine Perroux. We're a global / classical crossover group with a completely distinct "voice" however, so our real inspiration comes from a passion to communicate love and romance in "our" way.
 
 * Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

We are a pretty eclectic group - Tori Amos, classical music, jazz, the old movies with all those beautiful love songs.
 
 * Has music helped you thru a difficult time in your life?

Music is our solace, our soul. Without music, we would feel empty. The creative process is the living force of existence!
 
 * Your thoughts on the connection between music and healing--

Music is the art that touches the soul in the deepest, pre-rational places. Music is the oldest tool of teaching and of reaching out from the lonliness of the human condition to the celebration of the human community. An intense relationship!

Rosanna

Liata's music is a stylish blend of lush vocals and multicultural instrumentation. The group performs a collection of well-crafted, continental ballads in their original languages. The arrangements include a textural weave of guitar, accordion, strings, keyboard, and woodwinds as well as the more eclectic offerings of santur, dulcimer, harp and oud. Add the soaring vocalizations of mezzo-soprano, Rosanna D'Agnillo and we are left with a rich fusion of music that is both " earthy and elegant" as the group likes to describe themselves. This is the unique stamp of Liata.

Their new CD, Sensations, is musical travelogue of ballads that draws loosely from French cabaret, sweet Spanish and Italian melodies, Russian love songs, folk, and opera. Their newest CD, Sensations, is available at Amazon and other stores world wide on the web.

Rosanna D'Agnillo
 
An Italian chanteuse, Ms. D'Agnillo is a three-octave mezzo-soprano who sings fluently in more than six languages. She is regularly seen in classical music performance in the Los Angeles area, and is also an accomplished pianist and composer.

Lynne Cerro
 
A Bay Area native, Ms. Cerro is a multi-talented artist. In addition to composing and arranging much of Liata's work, Cerro sings vocal harmony, plays the keyboard, guitar, and dabbles with the violin. She began as a solo performer before joining forces with Davis to play in the Celtic band Tamlyn. Cerro is also an established painter and designer, whose work is showcased at
www.lynnecerro.com.

Lynn Davies
 
Born and raised in England, Davies was early enamoured with the guitar. Her passion for folk and classical music led her to perform in a variety of groups. After moving to America, she played rhythm guitar in the celebrated Celtic band Tamlyn, headlining concerts, fairs and festivals. Davies also sings harmony.

www.liata.net

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