Noe Venable

Things to love: Community radio!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014

Things to love:  Community radio!

Well, we did it!  Hundreds of packages have gone into the mails, and are on their way to our Kickstarter backers.  Packing them up was a daily opportunity to feel, again, so much gratitude to everyone.  Again, thank you so much for making this possible. A couple of things are still in the works:  1)  Music videos.  One of the songs will be chosen by backer vote, and we want to give our Kickstarter backers some time with the album before we ask for their choice.   2)  The second songbook.  I’ll start working on this in the fall, and hope to have it out by this winter.  Songbooks are very labor intensive, as I learned this past year while creating the Cascadia Songbook.  But I’m really looking forward to starting work on it. In other news, press is starting to roll in about the album.  Our amazing publicist, Jean Shirk, informs me that there will be a couple of news features on the album that will run next week in the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner. Also, this evening we played live on KPFA radio on the Bonnie Simmons show.  After so many years away from the bay area, it was surreal and moving to return to KPFA.  Bookshelf altars and walls decked with portrait art of radicals…  Brilliant people so passionate about what they do, working under the radar to share music and messages.   There’s nothing quite like community radio, especially in the bay area. Now that I’m home again, I find myself questioning my sound-mindedness for ever having left this place.  I sincerely hope it will not be too many years before I find my way back home here for good. Well, goodnight dear readers.  I’ve got a little one to sing to sleep! Wishing you wellness and joy,...

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Cascadia in the news

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014

Cascadia in the news

Our first press for Cascadia will air tomorrow on KQED– Huge thanks to Cy Musiker and David Wiegand for putting our 7/24 Bay Area CD release show at the top of the “Do List.”  We’re grateful for the endorsement, and are so looking forward to the show.

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“Let Us Welcome a New Star”

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014

“Let Us Welcome a New Star”

People who have visited my Kickstarter page may wonder why Cascadia is listed as having thirteen songs, when the physical copy of the CD lists only twelve.  The reason is that midway through the campaign, I decided to remove one track from the sequence, and instead to offer it as a bonus track.  All Kickstarter backers received a link to this track along with their rewards.  It also appears in the Cascadia songbook. The song is called “Let Us Welcome a New Star.” Today, I want to share the story behind this song.  “Let Us Welcome a New Star” is dedicated to Volary’s Samantha Lien.  Samantha battled cancer before her too brief life ended, shy of her fortieth birthday.  During this time, she recorded her debut album of original songs, Out of Shadows. This song was written during a time when I had not seen Samantha for several years. I knew that she had been ill. I had only met her a few times, but I thought of her often. I had recently gone back to school, where I had taken an astronomy course in addition to my courses in comparative religion. So I was thinking about stars, about time, about impossible distances. And I was thinking about Sam. Early this year, Samantha’s partner Alex wrote to me to let me know that she had passed. From his description, I had the sense that despite all of the pain that she had experienced, she had also come into a great and powerful beauty– realizing the preciousness of life, and living it to the absolute fullest.  Alex shared that he and Sam had been wed at Commonweal, a spiritual center that brings together people undergoing cancer’s initiation. I was honored and moved to hear that they had played my song “Woods Part of When” at their wedding. They had also created a music video for one of Samantha’s songs, “Blackbird Fly.” Recently, Alex traveled to Sam’s home country of Australia. There, at Cape Tribulation in the Queensland rainforest, he carved a memorial to her in stone. He plans to carve a similar memorial on a stone near Commonweal– two stones drawing a connect-the-dots line between two places that were dear to her, and between the two countries that made up an important part of her identity. Samantha had a message to share with others who might hear of her music,...

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Cascadia CDs have arrived!

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014

Cascadia CDs have arrived!

The doorbell buzzed today, and when I went to get it, there they were!  Three enormous boxes of copies of Cascadia sitting on my doorstep!  They’d arrived a few days earlier than expected.  I stood there for a minute, feeling misty.  Then the thrill set in.  For so long I worked on this music in relative solitude.  Writing songs…  Incubating them…  Playing them for the occasional friend. Now, the moment is here!  Thanks to you, they’re now ready to go out into the world. For those who didn’t take part in the campaign, but want to hear the record, the record will soon be available in our online store, as well as via other online retailers.  To be among the first notified of that, you might want to sign up for the mailing list.  I’ll send out a message that way to let people know, as well as posting it in this bog, and via Kickstarter’s updates page. Thank you, dear listeners.  I’m so excited to finally get to share this music with you. In gratitude, Noe Ember likes...

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CASCADIA CD Release Concert — July 24th, 2014

Posted by on Jun 1, 2014

CASCADIA CD Release Concert — July 24th, 2014

The trees in the park are exploding with blooms, and my workspace feels alive with the energy of spring.  So much news to report! Our San Francisco CD release concert is now booked July 24th, 2014.  I’m thrilled to report that we’ll be performing at the historic Freight and Salvage, in its incredible new location.  The venue is the best of the best, a listening venue dedicated to acoustic music. For more about the show and the venue, check out the Freight and Salvage.  To purchase tickets, and save money on the door charge, click here! Joining me will be many of the people who played on Cascadia, including bassist / multi-instrumentalist Todd Sickafoose, percussionist Mathias Kunzli (who will be coming all the way from NYC!)  violinist Alan Lin, and singer Odessa Chen, who will also play a couple of her own songs to open the show.  Here are the details:        Thursday, July 24th, 2014  8PM        Freight and Salvage        2020 Addison St. Berkeley, CA 94704        $17 advance, $19 door        (510) 644-2020 For those of you not located in the bay area, I hope at some point I’ll have a concert in your neck of the woods to report.  At any rate, there will definitely be at least a New York concert down the line.  I’ll keep you posted on that. Hope to see you at the show! Warmly, Noe...

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