This week we finish mixing the song “Strike” composed by Nader Deaik which will be the theme song for the United States soccer team at the this year’s World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa. I recorded and mixed it as well as singing a bit on it along with my old Dayroom compatriot, James Riddle. Hoping the US team can win that thing this year…
Last month, I was elected President of the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy. I’ve served on the board of the chapter for the past 3 years, serving as Secretary and Co-Chair of Advocacy for the last 2 of those years. In that time, we’ve assembled a great team to advance music as an industry and or artists and professionals in the Bay Area. I’m really excited about the chance to take my work there to another level. My two year term begins on May 1.
Kronos Quartet performed 4 shows in San Francisco last week at Theater Artaud, including a piece by Amon Tobin that I co-arranged with Stephen Prutsman. Stephen arranged all the string quartet parts while I did the sound design, resampling and mutating of Amon Tobin’s own mutations of his recordings of Kronos that appeared on his album “Foley Room”. So the arrangement is a little like a mirror looking into a mirror.
?Kronos debuted our arrangement of Bloodstone at the SF Jazz festival 2 years ago when they performed and debuted another piece by Wilco’s drummer Glen Kotche.
My celebrated two man sextet, Super Adventure Club, will be performing on Saturday March 20 at the Key Bar in Austin TX during the maelstrom of music that is SXSW. We go on at 4pm, which is a good time to start up the 2nd round of drinks that go with the week long music fest.
I’ll be performing this Wednesday night at the Union Room in San Francisco at 8pm. This will be my first solo performance since 2001 or 2002 (I can’t really remember). I’ll be playing a short set of original tunes and playing with several other fine songwriters, including, Jim Bruno, whose album I produced in 2006. It’s only $5 bucks, so come on out and have a beer with me as I attempt to remember how to play the guitar in front of an audience.
My multi-tasking power duo explains how and why we do what we do in Super Adventure Club with synths, drums and bass in a video produced for Propellerhead software (the talented folks behind Reason and Record recording programs)
Francesca will also be appearing at Yoshi’s in San Francisco on March 8 with a few other SF singer songwriters, including Chi McClean (whose album I helped engineer with Boone Spooner), Megan Slankard and Garrin Benfield
Francesca Lee The Pieces Left (Modo Rama Music)
By Camille Ikalina Robles?Published: February 11th, 2010 | 7:01am
On the cover of her sophomore release, The Pieces Left, singer-songwriter Francesca Lee dons a peach colored vintage dress holding a pair of scissors, cutting out paper hearts that sit strewn across her lap. It’s the perfect setting for what you’ll find inside this introspective album. Wistful and dreamy, The Pieces Left is deeply reflective lyrically — and musically, luscious pop.
Lovingly crafted over varying piano compositions, the musical narratives reveal characters trying to find their place in the world. A little bit bruised, confused, and questioning, they seem fresh out of a break-up or fresh from a fall and contemplating the broken pieces left on the floor. Still, the songs remain deeply hopeful. This is most obvious on the upbeat, electronic-esque “Fly.” Here, Lee sings,”I know I’m hard to find / Please give me some more time,” and later in the chorus, “Where do I begin / Will I ever be sure of my own life?”
The emotive nature of Lee’s songs is a pretty convincing promotion of her live show. Instantly likable and sing-able, it is a sincere compliment when I say Lee’s songs could easily be a soundtrack to a primetime drama. “Fly” along with “Maybe Today,” “Losing You,” and “Truth and Lies” are musical gems and most defining of Lee’s luscious piano pop. On a few tracks the sentiments become a little repetitive and sometimes mediocre, but when Lee gets it right her compositions musically and lyrically shine.
Francesca Lee official site
Francesca Lee MySpace
It’s been a really fun start to Super Adventure Club’s month-long residency at Hotel Utah. We’ve been writing a new song and learning a new cover for each show, so it’s been quite a hectic and challenging schedule. The first show was a smashing success with an all night dance party into the wee hours.
The second show turned out to be an intimate, pre-valentine’s day piece of excitement when the power went out in the whole building write at the beginning of the 2nd opener’s set. Our friends in Please Do Not Fight (who put on an excellent acoustic set in the dark) loaned me a guitar and Jake and I ended up doing our electro-dance pop acoustically, which was both a huge challenge and a lot of fun.