Jody Redhage and Fire In July
July 25, 2009
On Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 8:00 pm New York based cellist, composer, and vocalist Jody Redhage and her ensemble Fire in July will perform an evening of Redhage’s original art song at Kaji Aso Studio, celebrating the upcoming release their debut recording, Ancient Star.
Featuring some of the most versatile and talented improvisers in New York, Fire in July melds the detail and finesse of chamber music with the energy and drive of pop, rock, and jazz improvisation. The sensitivity of this project requires very special multi-skilled personnel and Redhage has found her perfect collaborators -- in addition to Jody Redhage on cello and voice, Redhage will be joined by Alan Ferber, trombone; and Tim Collins, vibraphone.
Redhage has been called an "Adventurous cello songstress" (Time Out NY) and "a new music dynamo...Redhage is breaching genre boundaries and creating stirring listening" (MusicWorks magazine). Over the past seven years Jody has developed the unique ability to simultaneously sing and play rhythmically complex and opposing lines, and she composes compelling and expressive art songs using 20th and 21st century poetry as the lyrics.
Jody Redhage & Fire in July will release their debut album, "Ancient Star," on Sept. 15, 2009, featuring 14 of Redhage's original compositions for voice, cello, clarinet, trombone, vibraphone, piano, and percussion. A limited number of advance copies will be available on Saturday, July 25 at the performance.
A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and the University of California Berkeley, Redhage has won grants from the Hertz Foundation, the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, and the NY State Council for the Arts. Redhage has performed in many major venues including Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Merkin Hall, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, Yale, Princeton, and on NBC, CBS, and ABC.
For more information, and to hear audio clips of Redhage's music, please visit www.jodyredhage.com. With tinges of Medieval chanson and hints of Kurt Weill, Redhage creates a captivating blend of genres that simply comes across as her own unique voice.