I'm so excited to have been involved in two new releases this week by dear friends. I did string arrangements and played cello for Mercy Bell, fellow Filipina and fantastic singer-songwriter; and Dave Paulson, who I've been making music with here in Nashville for the past 10 years. Below you'll find Mercy's song "Home" (arrangement and cello by me, violin by Kristin Weber) and Dave's song "My Old Man" (arrangement and cello by me, violin and viola by Avery Bright).
My dear friends Ashley Spurgeon & Jamie Bradley started a podcast several months ago called Hott Minute. They'd been talking about doing it for years, and I'm so glad they finally made it happen because I am OBSESSED with it. They're both hilarious and super intelligent women, and they spend an hour talking about things they think are hot. It's *real talk* one of the only non-Star Trek podcasts that I listen to on a regular basis.
They asked my little band Poly to write them a theme song a couple months ago, and after watching many episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Judy Garland Show, and several listens through the Sinatra/Basie album "It Might As Well Be Swing", this is what we came up with.
When their producer (and Nashville's creative deus ex machina) Michael Eades sent us this video, I literally started laugh-crying as I watched the sheer joy on the faces of these two women who I love so dearly. I'm so freaking proud of you, Jamie & Ashley. Couldn't have done it without my Poly partner-in-crime Dan Sommers playing approx. one billion instruments, and my darling Kristin Weber slaying those golden violin parts. JOY JOY JOY SO MUCH JOY CONGRATS ON SEASON 1!
Madisen and Ruth have become dear friends of mine since working on their first album years ago. They're releasing an EP this summer called "The Radio Winners", and I'm so happy to have contributed some cello to their music once again. The first single is a song called "Everybody's Got Problems", produced by powerhouse Nathan Chapman. The video recently premiered on Rolling Stone's website, and you can see the article here. Check out the video below - you'll catch some little glimpses of me here and there from their recent show at Exit/In here in Nashville.
THIS SATURDAY! It's our last concert of the season, y'all, and it's gonna be a banger. This one is special to me, because we're donating our proceeds to YEAH, the nonprofit responsible for Southern Girls and Tennessee Teens Rock Camps in Nashville and Murfreesboro. Here's more info!
Mozart in Nashville is pleased to present the final performance of the Nashville Concerto Orchestra's 2017/2018 season.
Please join us this Saturday, June 2nd at 3 pm at West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave Nashville 37203.
We are so pleased to have the new artistic director of ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, Alicia Enstrom, with us to perform the world premiere of her new piece, “Frenzied Whispers" for Solo Violin, Orchestra, and Electronics (orchestrated and conducted by Stephen Lamb).
Dr. Matthew Phelps, music director of West End United Methodist Church and frequent guest conductor, will be the featured soloist for Ravel's Piano Concerto in G. This moving concerto will be conducted by Vanderbilt graduate Dean Whiteside, who is currently a conducting fellow at Michael Tilson Thomas' New World Symphony.
The performance is free to the public, though a love offering will be gratefully received to benefit Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities, Inc. (YEAH). YEAH is a nonprofit charitable youth arts organization whose mission is providing Nashville teens with a safe learning environment that will empower them not only in the arts, but in life skills, volunteerism, and community service, helping them build community through music. For more information, visit http://www.yeahrocks.org.
If you know me, you know that I've been working for the past few years to dramatically reduce the amount of plastic waste I produce. Guys, it's really hard. Pretty much all cheese at the supermarket comes either wrapped in plastic, or in some kind of plastic tupperware. Chicken, beef, pork, fish - they all come in styrofoam and plastic wrap (not to mention they all probably come from factory farms). This is one of the many reasons why quite a few "zero-wasters" are also vegan.
I'm not vegan. I was a vegetarian for several years, but after I started losing large patches of hair, I went to my doctor TERRIFIED, and she told me that I'm very B-12 deficient. She advised me to take supplements and start eating red meat again (which is one of the only natural sources of B-12), and my hair started to grow back.
When I started trying to reduce my plastic waste, it seemed like buying meat & cheese was nearly impossible until I realized that I had overlooked the one amazing resource we have where I live in East Nashville: Porter Road Butcher.
First of all, their meats are locally sourced, humanely raised, and never exposed to hormones or antibiotics. The first time I brought my own jars in no one batted an eyelash. They started saving these HUGE olive jars for me, and now I use them to marinate things like short ribs. Sometimes they take pictures of my jars and post them on their Instagram, and now, their cheesemonger, Mark Bilbrey, has written a lovely post for his blog about reducing waste and how jars are a great way to store cheese!! Click the button below to read Mark's blog:
Today, Jake premiered the video for his song "Sanctuary", a gorgeous recording which I contributed cello to a couple years ago. I'm so excited for Jake, he's been working his little tail off on his craft and on this EP and going to Belmont at the same time. Congrats, buddy! Knock 'em dead at SXSW!
I'm honored to once again be the String Director and Arranger for She's A Rebel: A Girl Group Tribute Show. The women involved are always of the highest musical caliber, and it's always such a treat for all of us not to be the only lady in the room. We've expanded to 2 nights this year - and they'll definitely both sell out. Get your tickets while you still can!
Excited to announce that the next Nashville Concerto Orchestra concert will be on Saturday, February 17th at 3 pm at Christ Church Cathedral on Broadway in Nashville!
Bach : Brandenburg No. 6 featuring Kristin Wilkinson & Marie Winget, violas
Combs/Strasser : Appalachian Rhapsody featuring Matt Combs, fiddle
Click the poster below to reserve tickets through Eventbrite:
She's a fantastic cellist of all genres, and she's great with a lens, too. Kaitlyn came to my house yesterday afternoon and we listened to 90s R&B while she took pictures of me in my home studio/office.
I'm so proud of the work I get to do with Sarah Darling. She's a gem of a person and one of the most talented singers I know. I produced 4 songs on her brand new Christmas record, "Winter Wonderland", out right now! It'll fill you with holiday cheer.
I produced and wrote string arrangements for:
1. Santa Baby
2. White Christmas
4. Winter Wonderland
8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
XOXO to Cheyenne Medders (guitar), Micah Hulscher (piano/Rhodes), Rachel Loy (bass), Jason Cheek (drums), Avery Bright (violin/viola), Kristin Weber (violin), and Dan Sommers (percussion)!
My dear friend Alex Caress of Little Bandit invited me to contribute cello and vocals to this lovely holiday EP. Available for download now, click the image below!
I'm so proud to have produced four new Christmas songs for the incredible Sarah Darling. The holiday album "Winter Wonderland" is now available for pre-order on iTunes! We recorded "Winter Wonderland", "Santa Baby", "White Christmas", and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" at The Bomb Shelter here in Nashville, TN. I'm so proud of the work we did. Get yourself some holiday cheer and pre-order this album!
Earlier this summer my friend Ann Powers invited my silly little band to come perform on World Cafe, which she hosts here in Nashville. It was such an honor to get the invite, and such a blast playing our songs for her. She's incredibly smart, sensitive, and always does her research, so her questions are interesting and meaningful. To make it all even better, our dear friend and badass Alicia Enstrom sat in with us on violin, ukulele, and background vocals. To listen to our session click the silly picture below!
If you know me (or have met me even once), you know that I'm a little obsessed with Star Trek. I wrote a blog post for one of my favorite Star Trek podcasts, Women at Warp, and it just went live today. If you're interested in the inner workings of my nerd brain and what I think about Star Trek's portrayals of mixed race people, click on the silly pic below.
When I want to try something new in the kitchen, I usually check YouTube to see if Gordon Ramsay has a video on it, and he usually does. Just the other day I made a fantastic Hollandaise sauce because I watched Gordon Ramsay's Eggs Benedict video, and I frequently go into YouTube wormholes watching clips of "Kitchen Nightmares" and "Hotel Hell". Now I can say I've been in something with this Michelin Star chef (or at least, my band's music has).
Check out the video below to hear Poly's "Parachute" in this trailer for Gordon Ramsay's MasterClass.
I'm so proud of the Nashville Concerto Orchestra, a project I started last year with my dear friend Roger Wiesmeyer. The orchestra is part of Roger's non-profit, Mozart in Nashville, and is completely volunteer based. Some of our members are professionals from the Nashville Symphony, some are studio musicians, some are students, and some are amateurs. All are welcome!
Below is a video of my friend Stephen Drake performing the Schumann Cello Concerto with our orchestra of immensely talented volunteers. If you haven't yet made it to a concert, we perform quarterly in different locations around Nashville! Stay tuned for more info on our Fall Concert, coming up on October 7th!
Here's a video of me and my friends Jonny, Goff, and Ele, playing a super awesome song in a skate park! I LOVE PLAYING WITH THESE PEOPLE. I did not love getting my cello down in there.
My lovely friends at Artiphon recommended me to record a teeny weeny cover of Malvina Reynolds' "Tiny Boxes" for the Troxes Kickstarter Launch video. Troxes are these amazingly designed pieces that are based on equilateral triangles, and can be put together any way you want. Perfect for me, since the product is origami inspired! Below is their Kickstarter video. I'll be getting some Troxes in the mail soon, and I'll probably be posting my models in the future!