Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rena Jones, "The Diva of the Ambient Cello"

I love getting updates from artists whose email lists I have signed up for.
It is even better when I follow a link and I get to hear brand new music that is fresh and beautiful.  This is why I do  what I do. The excitement of hearing new music never dies.

I got such a newsletter from Rena Jones.

photo by devitree

“Multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer Rena Jones is a force to be reckoned with. At age 30, she boasts more than 30 collaborative albums, 3 full length solo albums, 20 years of classical violin study, and 12 years of cello—and she is considered one of the leading women in audio engineering today.” -- Strings Magazine

Her video "Echoes" ft Ilya Goldberg won my heart. 
It is off her new CD of the same name, Echoes.
I got this information from her website:
“Echoes” is the fifth full-length album from seasoned producer Rena Jones…

Unlike Rena’s previous releases, Rena has chosen a new path to make a truly collaborative and live studio album while still holding true to her unique take on down-tempo music.
Pulling from her years of experience as a session musician, Rena decided to work with many long time collaborators as well as world renowned artists Sophie Barker on vocals (Zero 7 and Groove Armada), Matt Robertson on modular synth (Bjork, Lamb, Bat for Lashes), Earl Harvin on drums (Seal, Air) Laura Scarborough on grand piano (Quixotic Fusion), a live woodwind section and solo violinist Ilya Goldberg (Emancipator) to name a few.

 She has several wonderful shows this year. Rena will be taking the album out on the road with a live drummer and mutli-instrumentalist Laura Scarborough on electric vibes, accordian and more.Here is what she has planned so far!

Sun Jul 28 2013

Beloved Music Festival
Tidewater Falls, OR
Sun Aug 11 2013

Show Box
Seattle, OR
Wed Sep 25 2013

Art Outside
Rockdale, TX
Sat Oct 19 2013

"It may be ambient but unlike much of the downtempo music around it’s certainly not background music" — Total Music Magazine

"The Diva of Ambient Cello" — John Diliberto , NPR

"Literally one of the best experimental artists currently making tracks. " — Women's Radio Brian Ball, Digital Bliss - Compilation review

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