How is it that Teresa’s partner and Seattle Angel Band Collaborator Laurie Katherine Carlsson ended up onstage with British pop artist Imogen Heap at the renowned Paramount Theater last Monday night?
In case her work is somewhat off your radar, Imogen writes tunes with lush, layered vocals, interesting beats, and often an environmental message or two. She’s extremely supportive of local musicians and general community involvement (which makes us love her all the more), having tailored her set list for each city of her current tour via online voting, and inviting vocal groups to submit audition tapes for the role of accompanying her onstage for the a cappella tune “Earth.”
Laurie and T’s partner banded together with 5 of their singing/songwriting friends to take on the daunting task of learning the twenty-two-page score. They were informed that their group had been selected only five days before the show and the group, dubbing themselves “Sintonía,” – Italian for “in tune with, or on the same wavelength “ – threw together a set of four original tunes which they were afforded the honor of opening the show with. The Sintonía collective had such a blast together that they’ve decided to move forward, with plans for another show in the fall. You can watch the video of the performance HERE.
We thought you’d like to hear about some of the exciting things our beneficiary, The Voices & Faces Project are working on right now. When we’re finished with this album, the proceeds of the sale will help to continue funding this vital work.
During May and June of 2010, The Voices and Faces Project – in
partnership with Making a Difference Canada, and through generous
funding from the Donner Canadian Foundation – will be expanding its
lecture series and non-profit documentary initiative into Canada. In
bringing our lecture/slide program and “media matters” workshops to
Canada, their goal is to share with our neighbors to the north our efforts
to use survivor testimony to change minds, hearts and public policies on
sexual violence and trafficking.
As part of the project’s expansion into Canada, Voices and Faces Project
documentary photographer Patricia Evans and writer Anne Ream recently
traveled to Prince Edward Island to interview and photograph a community
of survivors for their forthcoming book. While in the region, Anne sat
down with the Canadian Broadcast Company (Canadian Public Radio) to talk
about the importance of documentary efforts in social movements, and to
share the story of the project.
A couple of rough mixes for your listening and viewing pleasure. The amazing photos are from Heidi Peters. The Angel Band’s very own Annie Liebowitz. Heidi’s been with us at our Chicago, New York and Seattle sessions. Make sure you check out the Flickr page to see all of her genius.
This is from our session in New York with Teresa’s brother, Norbert Leo Butz. Winner of a Tony and a Grammy. I remember growing up with this cat and him pounding on the piano in the Butz family living room. He really came through for us in NY.
As Norb described it, this is gospel on methadone.
Seattle airport, Saturday morning.
After VERY little sleep during our recording session in Seattle, we await our plane back to Chicago. That’s Chris Shepard, our engineer/mixer/audio extraordinaire with Jean Robertson, co-producer, and Heidi Peters – our very own Annie Leibowitz.