Noe Venable

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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. . . and the songbook songs are . . .

Posted by on May 2, 2014

. . . and the songbook songs are . . .

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last wrote, and it’s high time I updated everyone on the progress of my new album, Cascadia! The good news is that the album has now gone off to the presses, and with that done, I’ve shifted my focus to fulfilling rewards for our Kickstarter backers.  Designing, calibrating colors, printing posters, scouring urban meadow and forest for the objects that will become the natural talismans…  My 18 month old son, Ember, has been helpful with this, too.  (But don’t worry, I won’t send you a lollipop stem, or some of the other things that are, to him, treasures.  I exercise editorial power, always!   I’ve also finished tallying up the votes that will decide which songs will go in the new songbook made possible by our second stretch goal.  (This is a second songbook, in addition to the one I’ve already created for Cascadia.)  It was so interesting to see which songs were listeners’ favorites.  Choices ranged from newer songs to ancient, near-forgotten ones, dating all the way back to my first record.  Interestingly, when I tallied up ALL the votes, your list was not too different from what mine would have been: So, the winners are, in order of popularity, Midsummer Night’s Dream  Prayer for beauty  Juniper  Boots  Feral  Look Luck  Ice Dragons  Sea of Possibility  Is the Spirit Here  Garden  Realistically, it will still be some time before I am able to start work on this songbook, but now that I have the list, I’m really looking forward to it!  This songbook will be sent out to  Kickstarter backers at all pledge levels, and may also be available through this site at a future time.  I’ll let you know as that develops. Again, I thank you, dear listeners, for your support of this project, and for taking this journey with me.  I’m thrilled that the day draws ever closer when I’ll get to send you the completed CD. In love and music,...

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Kickstarter Campaign Success! THANK YOU!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2014

Kickstarter Campaign Success!  THANK YOU!

WOW!   We did it! Thanks to the incredible support of Kickstarter backers, we will now be able to release our new album, Cascadia, in June of this year.  But to my joy and surprise, the campaign didn’t stop there.  We also met and surpassed two stretch goals.  So now, the album release will be accompanied by a few extras.  First, a series of music videos to be directed by acclaimed filmmaker, Eric Daniel Metzgar, and additional album promotion.  Second, a new songbook, with songs to be chosen by backer vote. Here at the close of the campaign, I want to say again, thank you for your support of this project. It’s been moving, humbling, and renewing to be on the receiving end of it.  There are really no words sufficient to express the gratitude I feel. So what happens now?  Over the next few weeks we’ll be overseeing the final steps to complete the album, and starting to create and assemble rewards packages for Kickstarter backers. If you didn’t take part in the Kickstarter campaign, but still want to hear the album, stay tuned for pre-order information to be appearing on this site shortly. Again, thank you so much, dear listeners.  This experience has meant so much to me. Ever grateful, Noe   P.S.  The image you see above is a painting by Liz Gill Neilson, who also created the artwork for...

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