Noe Venable

Notes from the studio

Posted by on May 11, 2015

Notes from the studio

With our California departure immanent, I’ve been spending as much time as possible in the studio.  So little time, so much to record!

I laid down acoustic guitars for ten new songs at Grand Street Recording, then added the incredible Todd Sickafoose on bass.  Next up is Mathias Kunzli, who will add his magic touch on percussion.  I’m sad that with our move we’ll soon be many miles away from these folks.  But we’re all pretty itinerant, so I’m hopeful we’ll find ways to work together, despite the distance.

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Following this work in the studio, I’m shifting my focus to home recording.  I love working in this way.  It’s a nice blend– having input from others, but then always getting to return to the cave and get really tuned in to my own muses and instincts.  My setup is minimal, really just one good mic and one good pre-amp.  But I’ve been able to do a lot with it.

In California, I’m looking forward to reuniting with Daniel Berkman, who I’m hoping will add Kora and some other instruments.

Daniel Berkman, Kora

And it turns out that my dear friend and collaborator Yair Evnine is also going to be out there, I’ll be able to add his vocals and cello.  Beyond this, the arrangements are still finding their form.  I’m excited to discover who else will find their way into the musical soup.

Yair Evnine

Meanwhile, Cascadia, my last release, is still simmering along.  I mean, it’s released, but there’s still so much I’d like to do with it.  Foremost are two music videos in the works by filmmaker Eric Daniel Metzgar.  Both of them are in the same state– NEARLY finished.  I’m hopeful that the next couple of months will bring their completion.  I’m really looking forward to sharing them with you.

Also in progress is a new songbook, featuring ten songs chosen by Kickstarter Backers. This should also see the light of day in a few months.  To my Kickstarter backers, I’m sorry it’s taken so long, and I thank you for your patience.  But I’m hoping that California will bring a little more time, since we have family out there to help with childcare.

Thanks for reading, I’m looking forward to sharing this new music with you.

I mean, I’m THIS happy about it.

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All love to you, and enjoy the spring!

Warmly,

Noe Venable

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