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Session Notes from Big Red Studio.

Lyrical Strings Duo: From Mendelssohn to Satie

Lyrical Strings Duo have just completed recording their upcoming album “Evening Songs,” full of original arrangements of classical pieces. From Mendelssohn to Satie.

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One Bed One Bath?

Yup, “One Bed One Bath” is their band name and they recently recorded a killer demo at Big Red.

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Lauren Sheehan: “Rose City Ramble” CD

Lauren Sheehan is fast becoming a legend in country blues circles. She is a trove of countless songs, all respecting tradition yet richly infused with her personal style.
Lauren’s new CD, “Rose City Ramble,” recorded in 2010, takes another step forward and is a wonderful collection of blues, ballads, country and new folk. It also features a compelling live track from her concert at the 2009 The Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival.
Lauren’s strong voice and guitar playing are joined, on different tracks, by some of her favorite Portland musicians: Terry Robb, Johnnie Ward, Dean Meuller, Greg Clarke, Laura Quigley, Betsy Branch, Elizabeth Nicholson, Michael Ballash and Zoe Carpenter. Release parties will be in April, 2011 followed by touring.

Her website is:

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David Rovics with Big Red Rhythm

Click here for D. Rovics: “Tunisia” MP3

Nick Angelo, Arcellus Sykes, Demitrius Keller and David Rovics

Political singer-songwriter David Rovics spent most of February recording his new CD titled “Big Red Sessions.”
You can download the project and read liner notes at Big Red Sessions Liner Notes

We brought in Big Red Rhythm as well as Nick Angelo and Tim Murphy on electric guitars.

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Jimmy Free and his 7-string violin

Jimmy Free creates dynamic spontaneous compositions with live looping of a custom-made 7 string violin.
He recorded his fourth CD, “Where Saints and Angels Tread” at Big Red in December. Compelling stuff.
Cary Ray took This Video of Jimmy Free playing and singing the lead-off track.
Jimmy Free on YouTube
The March, 2011 release will include a DVD of Jimmy playing in nature.
His website: Jimmy Free

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2010 Projects at Big Red Studio

It was a busy year 2010 at Big Red!

• Eclectic folk-fusion ensemble Kendálin recorded their debut CD “Opening” Great original instrumentals!   Kendalin

Caleb Klauder’s new CD “Western Country,” CalebKlauder was recorded live in Spring, 2010 (with no separation, overdubs or headphones!) is presently #5 and climbing on the Roots Music Report.

•Amazing Irish Fiddler Brongaene Griffin just released “Three Colours Ginger” , Brongaene Griffin
features fiddling and poetry readings by Kevin Burke, guitar wizardry by Gerry O’Beirne, and contributions from several others.

•The modern bluegrass trio Wayward Vessel Wayward Vessel recorded their self titled CD at Big Red and are gigging regularly.

•Gypsy balladeer Spruce Baugher recorded and released his solo CD: “Ruby.”

•New Orleans Singer-Songwriter Jessey Lee Young, with Demy Andre, created a wonderful EP: “Sapphire Sky.”
He made an i phone video looking out the studio windows while recording. You can see it and hear the tracks under The “Sapphire Sky Sessions” at: Jesse Lee Young-The Duo

•Flatpicking legend Dan Crary was in for a few sessions working on two projects for 2011 releases.

Mistral, a multi-instrumental Portland-based trio plays and sings music from Breton, France featuring octave mandolin, guitar, hurdy-gurdy, accordian, fiddle, & more! Their just released CD: “Promontory” has the COOLEST, elegant graphics you’ll ever see, and as you open it up you’ll find that it is packaged in a brown paper lunch bag! Genius.
Check them out at: Mistral website

•Singer-songwriters Rodolfo Lopez and Stella Garcia recorded their epic CD: “Brille Tu Luz” with full orchestral arrangements. We had a great time recording 10-piece string sections, 12-voice choirs, brass, guitars, vihuelas, and even concert harp. Some of the songs ran into 40+ tracks so the mixing was really fun.

•Jazz piano great Gordon Lee recorded his unique and original “This Path” CD on OA2 Records  with an all-star cast including two different rhythm sections: One with Dave Captein on bass & Carlton Jackson on drums, and the other with Kevin Deitz on bass, and Ron Steen on drums. It also has a duo cut with Cuban cajon master Miguel Bernal.

Tortune, a very talented Dad/daughter Duo won a day of recording at Big Red Studio by rising above the competition at the Thirsty Lion singer-songwriter showcase. And recorded some memorable tracks. Thirsty Lion Singer-Songwriter showcase

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Philip Glass “Orphee” recorded by Billy Oskay

Portland Opera’s Nov. 2009 production of “Orphee” by Philip Glass was recorded live by Billy Oskay and staff from Big Red Studio.
It was released June 30, 2010 and has received great reviews in the NY Times and elsewhere.

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Fall-Winter 2008 at Big Red

Days grow shorter and the fog rolls in as Big Red stays busy tracking and mixing projects for Anne Weiss, HannaH’s Field, Tom May, Brian Hall, Rudy Lopez and OCP, Cam Newton, Philip Boulding, Johnny Martin, Shoehorn and Jody Peterson.

Clients often take breaks to enjoy the sights from the hill behind Big Red Studio and frequently see deer right outside the windows while recording.

Sunrise at Mt. Hood as seen from hill behind Big Red

Foggy morn looking south from Big Red campus

Doe with her yearlings in the rain

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HannaH’s Field Project

October was filled with fun as we tracked the “gypsy reggae” sounds of HannaH’s Field. Singer-Songwriter HannaH and (hot on the Djembe) Andy A are the heart & soul of the group. Their CD: “Warriors of Love ” will be released in Spring 2008

Andy A and HannaH, here with darbuka wizard Tarik Banzi

HannaH's Field were joined by friends singing choral parts on two cuts.

Website: HannaH’s Field

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Belinda Underwood Session

Belinda Underwood

Mel with Benny Green

Martin ZarZar


Singer/Songwriter/bassist Belinda Underwood creates new songs and sounds for an upcoming release with Benny Green at the piano & Martin ZarZar (Pink Martini) on drums & percussion.

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