Durn kid. Git off my genre!
August 8, 2008 2:42 PM Subscribe
posted by Herodios (15 comments total)
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In 2006 Nell James
was a teenage prog rocker, writing, playing and singing all instruments, and self-producing an album in her bedroom studio that paid homage to 1970s English art rock, a genre that arguably passed its zenith when her parent were in kindergarten. The result, Tempus
, received positive reviews in the re-emging prog rock press. Also impressive was her cover/re-arrangement of Gentle Giant's On Reflection
More recently, under her real name, Nell Shaw Cohen
, she has turned to composing for early instruments and encouraging other composers to do the same
This fall she begins studies in composition with Michael Gandolfi at New England Conservatory, and as of June, was added
to the artist roster of the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation
, an international charitable organization that supports "emerging artists of exceptional talent".
o Cover/re-arrangement of Gentle Giant's On Reflection
o Cover of Yes's South Side of The Sky
o Digital music created using Propellerhead Reason
Time-Lapse (For English Horn, Clarinet, Viola, Cello)
Memory (for vocal quartet)
o mp3 of entire composition
o Score for pt I: Memory
o Score for pt II: Recollection
o Score for pt III: Inward action
o Score for pt IV: This power of memory
o Inspiration: Book X of St. Augustine's "Confessions"
o Nell’s essay
about the composition
o Baby Blaue
(auf Deutch), the essence of which is: "A musically coherent album lying at the intersection of classical, prog rock groups such as Yes, Gentle Giant, or Renaissance, and American folk rock a la Aimee Mann or Joni Mitchell . . . a soft, warm atmosphere full of harmonic complexity. A very promising debut. Recommended."
o Harp Magazine
o Sea of Tranquility
o Local coverage
of her debut at the 4th Annual Playhouse Project Benefit Concert: "[M]elodious and thoughtfully constructed works that impressed with their maturity."