It suddenly dawned on me today that I still hadn't done a blog Post-Release! This is just to announce formally that Valentine was duly released on February 10th, and as of this writing we have distributed just about half of the 150 copies that were made.
I'm thrilled with the way the tracks look and sound -- Jon Patrick Brennan did an excellent job with the graphics (just as he did putting the songs together), and I think the whole CD package perfectly complements the content. We've been getting great feedback, and virtually everyone loves the album.
If you haven't yet listened to or downloaded any of Valentine, you may do so at https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/karitieger2. It is also widely available at many digital partners, such as Amazon.com, ITunes, Deezer, Google Play, Spotify, and Pandora.
Here is the beautiful cover of Valentine. Hope you all like it as much as we do. Enjoy!!
Since the title track of my Valentine CD will air at Women of Substance Radio on the first of February, and will premiere in their podcast #577 on February 8th (at noon Eastern Time), I've decided to make the whole album available online for pre-release as of February 1st as well.
On that date it can be heard at many sites, including ITunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, and Soundrop (among others), and of course at cdbaby.com!
There will still be an official Press Release on February 10th, and copies are always available for purchase from yours truly via face-to-face delivery.
As a teaser, I will say that at least two of the people in this photo play on the CD with me:
'Tis the season of Love, people. Leaving Politics aside, try to be kind to one another. <3
An UPDATE: Hello, People. It's Saturday the 14th of January, and Valentine's Day is now just a month away. For those of you who haven't gathered as much through recent posts on Facebook and Instagram, I thought I'd let you know that Natalie Diaz is NOT in fact doing the cover for Valentine. Unfortunately she had way too much going on to do it justice.
So Jon Patrick Brennan -- already Co-Producer and one of the recording engineers for the album, as well as a contributing musician, AND composer/arranger of the viola and English Horn parts -- offered to do it, then subsequently decided to do all the graphics for the CD. You might say he got inspired, once he saw the cover photo I was planning to use. The rest of the theme and color scheme seemed to flow naturally, and yes, the only hint I will give you is that there may be a rose or two involved. Duh!! It IS a Valentine's release by Kari Tieger, after all...
Unlike New Year's Eve 2015, when I performed in a program at the Eagle in Fall River along with the Oh Nos and Dave Tessier's All Stars, this evening will be a very quiet night at home. Currently recovering from a sinus infection (all too common for yours truly at this time of year!), the idea of curling up on the couch to watch TV sounds FAR more appealing than being out on the town, mingling and partying.
What I am doing TODAY is pulling together all we will need for the CD booklet. Jon and I spent two excellent final mixing sessions with Tony Ricci in the last half of December, after which we determined that our 3-song single -- now to be called simply Valentine -- is ready for mastering! What an awesome feeling, to finish out 2016!!
We are mid way through December, and I'm happy to report that recording is now complete. Mixing and mastering sessions have been booked for the last two weeks of the year, so it seems we are right on schedule at this point for a February release.
I'd like to take this occasion to wish you all a bright and merry, warm and wonderful holiday -- however you celebrate it -- surrounded by the shining faces of your loved ones, followed by a happy and healthy New Year.
Here I am at our last recording session, after meeting producer Michael Jonzun and his family, who were visiting Phil Greene at the studio. They were lovely people!
See you in 2017!
In the wake of the recent election, which incurred and encouraged so much divisiveness, it seems to me that we as a nation must now strive for unity. The holidays have traditionally been the time of year when, to quote Scrooge's nephew Fred in A Christmas Carol, "men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them [i.e. less fortunate] as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys." Nephew Fred refers to Yuletide as "a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time." I have always felt this way too, and would hope that this year proves no different than any other in my memory.
Our single continues to inch toward completion. The English horn (or Cor Anglais) solo sounds beautiful, and here is a photo of yours truly with the lovely and talented Jane Murray.
At the same session, Jon added bass to another of the songs, and I include a photo of him wailing away, totally in his element.
Here's hoping you enjoy this national feast and gratitude day, however you choose to celebrate it, surrounded by dear ones. Count your blessings, my friends!
Now that my birthday celebration is winding down, we focus in earnest on the single. Last week we recorded some flute tracks, and this Friday we're adding an English Horn line to one of the songs. "Bit by bit, putting it together," as the line from the Barbra song goes.
ALSO, Two Kari Tieger songs in French will soon be featured on a webcast this week from Montreal Radio Cite, thanks to longtime fan and radio host Gerard Mauvillain, the link for which is www.montrealradiocite.com. As soon as he gives me the details, I will post a short update, though I suspect it will remain available on their site.
HOW can it possibly be the end of October??
We did get some of the recording done this summer for the 3-song single, just not as much as I had hoped. However the single is definitely starting to come together. If all goes well, we will finish recording the basic tracks in the next month or so, and be ready to mix by the end of the year. The plan is to release it for Valentine's Day.
Lessons with both my private students and all those at the French American School (where I now teach 4 afternoons each week) are going extremely well, and we are currently preparing songs for our Winter Concert in January.
This is a short update;. I hope to have more to report next month.
Meow, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
This week we duly recorded the viola part at TRIAD as planned, and if all goes as we hope, it should completely transform the middle song of the 3-song single.
Here are several photos from yesterday's session. Pictured are Jon Patrick Brennan, Erin Quinton Erban, and yours truly.
The work continues!
Over the course of the next few months, we will be working on a three-song single (the working title for which is: "Trio of Love Songs"). As of this date, all three songs have been begun with piano/vocals. Next up is recording a viola part for one, which may well complete it. Then we'll add some drums, bass, and guitar to the other two, and see where we stand. One might call for some jazz flute. The project is shaping up nicely; the only obstacle is -- as always -- finding time in common with the players and engineers.
Perhaps we'll post a teaser or two in the weeks to come.
Here's a recent photo of me in the studio, listening back to vocal tracks.
PLEASE STAY TUNED!!
When I first wrote about my youtube channel last year in October 2015, I only had 34 subscriptions. Happy to report that just 7 months later, that number has more than doubled, to 75. While it's still a long way from the requisite 1,000 needed to qualify for a paid subscription status, it IS progress.
I've posted about 25 new videos over the past year, and will continue to add more as Ollie and I unearth them from the archives. There may even be some new ones recorded this summer. You can reach my youtube directly from this site, or by visiting: https://www.youtube.com/karitieger
As always, thanks for listening, and PLEASE STAY TUNED.
Now that the weather has turned warm again, I'm inspired to write about the recent winter that has passed us by. It seems the groundhog was right -- Spring has come early to New England!
On January 21, 2016 at the French American School (FASRI) Winter Recital, my students and I performed a song I'd written called "En rigolant" ["While Laughing"] to promote friendship and peace featuring new French lyrics to the tune of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. http://fasri.org/news/showcase-talent-our-extracurricular-musicians
On March 23, 2016 several of my students will perform a short song I wrote called "Ces deux langues" ["These Two Languages"] at the Rhode Island State House, as part of a flag raising ceremony, in honor of this year's Francophonie.
I'll be back in a month or so to talk about summer events!
Seating is limited, but I am playing a short set for New Year's Eve at The Eagle in Fall River as part of a 1969 Retro Evening, along with Dave Tessier's All Star Tribute to the Monkees and The Oh Nos.
I will keep this brief, because it's such a busy time of year. In the midst of the merry madness -- partying, running around buying and making last minute gifts -- do try to find your center and remember the reason for the season, people. It's about LOVE, and connecting with those who mean the most to you. It's all about gifts from the heart. <3
On that note, I want to tell you all that there's a new page at karitieger.com where you can view my favorite youtube videos, both of my own music and by others. I will be adding to it, but I invite you to enjoy!
Be kind to yourself and others this holiday season. See you in 2016!
At our last blog entry, it was the height of summer, and the warm lazy days still stretched ahead, full of promise and potential. In August, my son and daughter-in-law were finalizing their wedding plans. Then September arrived and proceeded to go by in a blur. They were married September 26th on a perfect fall day in beautiful Colt State Park.
While performances of Kari Tieger Music have not been plentiful this year, we have begun recording some new material, and hope to release both a single and an EP, heading forward into 2016. Stay tuned!
If you were able to join us in May at the Alliance Francaise, you know how much fun the evening was -- the band and I agree that it was one of our favorite performances ever! We packed the cozy little Maison de la Francophonie, with a break for poesie and refreshments in the main house, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Dominique Gregoire even shared a glass of champagne with us afterwards. :) I thought I would share a few photos from the event.
Please join us at 7 PM tomorrow evening, Friday May 8th, as the Eclectic Quartet and I perform my love songs in English and French at an evening of Poetry and Music we are calling "Valentine's in May." We were supposed to do this show in February, but the weather obliged us to postpone.
The Alliance Francaise is located at 928 Smith Street in Providence, RI, and their phone number is (401) 272-6243. Tickets are $12 for Members, $15 for Non-Members.
Here are some of the crocuses after they bloomed.
Glorious Spring has arrived and with it seasonal allergies, but every rose does have its thorn, so don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining -- It's just challenging to sing around the sneezes!
In spite of the pollen we have a couple of shows coming up in May!
The first is The Eclectic Quartet's rescheduled Valentine's Performance at the Alliance Francaise on May 8th, and the second will find me solo at the Brooklyn Coffee Teahouse as part of the final Saturday of the RISA Songwriter Sessions for this year on May 16th. Hope to see you at one of these!
Here are our Mini Daffodils, newly bloomed today:
The calendar indicates that Spring has arrived, but the weather remains wintry, and the snow continues gradually and slowly to melt. Still, my intrepid crocues are pushing their tender shoots above the soil line.
I too have come out of hibernation, and there are a few gigs coming up this Spring. Please check the calendar, and come on down to celebrate with us.
The Eclectic Quartet was supposed to perform tonight at the Alliance Francaise for a Valentine's Music and Poetry evening, but we have postponed the event until May 8th. Details will follow, but here are a couple of photos from the last time this particular group of four played together, at Manchester 65 in October 2013.
Much of the East Coast and particularly the Northeast region in recent weeks has been the target of many shovelfuls of SNOW! So much so, that we were obliged to postpone our Valentine's Weekend performance that we had scheduled for February 13th until early May. Couple this with a painful ingrown nail in my right thumb which made practicing impossible, and you have one unhappy camper, indeed! Fortunately, the nail seems to be healing now, but the relentless snow continues to blanket our area, and we have run out of places to put it!
It all started with Cyrus Rhodes, who posted a stunning endorsement of Illumination at Musesmuse.com in late December of 2014. In fact he was so impressed by the album, he urged me to commission further reviews from his staff of writers, even offering to nominate it for Album of the Year. Talk about exceeding expectations for a solitary sollicited review!
I followed up on his suggestion, I was blown away by both the overwhelmingly positive response from his team of writers, and the dazzling diversity genre descriptions and artists referenced in their reviews.
Artists included some of the usual suspects -- Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Annie Lennox, Buffy St. Marie, and Norah Jones -- and in a somewhat similar group, I would add Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell. But I also saw myself compared to the likes of Sarah MacLachlan, Loreena McKennit, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, and Lana Del Rey, as well as a string of other artists, some of whose work I had never heard. One comment I value greatly said that my songs showed "honesty like Sia, Emiliana Torrini, Sineaid O'Connor, Imogen Heap and Aimee Mann." To discover the others, you will just have to peruse the reviews!
I thought I would list some of those genres, to be followed by links to the reviews themselves. Reviewers referred to what I do as Intellectual Theatrical Pop, Dramatic and Melancholy Pop, High End Orchestral Vocal-Pop, Celtic Folk, and two particular favorites, Passionate Neo-Classically driven Pop Rock, and a Multidimensional Euro-World fusion of indie-rock and modern neo-classical, psychedelic rock. Wow.
You Tube has become an increasingly important way for fans to explore an artist's catalogue of music. I consider myself more of a recording artist than a performer, so my youtube channel has never been a very big focus. Until more recently, that is.
On Monday, August 11th, I had a live radio interview on wrnw1.com, the Women's Radio Network. I was asked to talk about what had inspired me to pursue this profession. While it certainly helps having come from a musical family, the music itself is really what has always been the driving force behind every song and every album I've ever created and released.
I don't usually set out to write a song, although many recommend working at it daily. More often, I will begin to feel the need to express an idea, or I may find myself "haunted" by a certain progression or motif. Sometimes a song starts with the lyrics, and sometimes with music -- I find they are equally valid ways to arrive at a song.
Other songwriters, authors, and artists will know exactly what I mean when I say that creation is very much a birthing process. No matter what else you are doing, whenever a new idea is working on you (and not the other way around!), it lurks in your consciousness, waiting to achieve expression.
Cheers until next month!
I attach a photo my husband Ollie took of me during the interview:
In summer of 1989, a friend referred me to Tony Ricci to mix a multi-track song he and I had recorded in the small studio he ran from his piano reburbishing business. The song was Spectrum, featured on Spectator of the Spectrum, Volume 8 of the Digital Mystery Tour series, and later, as a hidden track on my first CD, Touch of Magic, in 1998.
This past Thursday, I went down to see Kevin Lucas perform his first feature at the Mediator and pulled out some older Kari Tieger tunes for the Open Mic, not wanting to duplicate songs I'd played there in April, nor any the band and I will be playing at our upcoming feature in July.
Longtime fans of KT music will recognize the titles Green Eyes, Tu demeures dans mon coeur, and Just a Nate, as all 3 were on my 1998 debut album, Touch of Magic.
I debated whether to play the funky old upright or the grand, but was persuaded
to sit down at the grand because it "would look better." Congenial host Don Tassone took some photos, one of which I've posted.
Incidentally, if all goes well, the July 24th gig may be filmed for Harrison Young's "Topic Time."