Adventurer EP

So some great news! I just got funding through FACTOR to help with the production of my next Children’s EP called Adventurer.  We are currently putting together and watching auditions for a children’s choir to perform on the album as well.  We are also currently working on arrangements for songs.  To read more about the people participating in this project read below.2016-01-02 14.23.58

Meet the Team:

Co-Producer | Engineer- Justin Koop has eighteen years of experience recording and producing bands and artists from many different genres of music. He has recorded industry demos for artists such as Finger Eleven and Billy Talent, which helped launch their successful careers.
He has produced songs for world famous You Tube Stars, Walk Off The Earth, albums like Silverstein’s debut record that sold over 300,000 copies in North America, and produced Grade’s “Under the Radar”, which was voted Top 20 Most Influential Punk Records of All Time in the alternative press. He has worked with New World Son and producer Tawgs to break the Top Ten Billboard Chart with the song “There Is A Way”. From Rock, Punk, Country, Pop, Metal to R&B, Justin can capture the right sound and energy to maximize the potential of many types music.
Robyn Pauhl has over 20 years of performance experience since she started performing professionally at the age of eleven. She has opened shows for U.S. country stars George Jones at Lulu’s in Kitchener, Loretta Lynn at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton and the International Center in Toronto. As well as for some eminent Canadian country acts such as Michelle Wright,
Prairie Oyster, Jason McCoy, Beverly Mahood, Jim Witter, jazz artist Carol Wellsman, and performed in concert with world renowned jazz bassist, Dave Holland.
Robyn’s lastest single was released, September 2013. The new material shows Robyn turn her passions back to country music. She produced and wrote her latest song, “All That I Want”, with her eight year old student, Alyssa West! The single was engineered and co-produced with Justin Koop (husband) at B Town Sound in Burlington, ON.
She is now the Studio & Event Manager at B Town Sound, working along side her husband Justin Koop. She has spearheaded the growth for the event side of the business and is now working with artists to help develop their careers with the launch of A.D.D. | The Artist Development Division. In 2014 Party Like A PopStar was developed with her partner Amber
Ruthart and is now in full swing with recording and dance parties for kids and teens.
She is the winner of The 2009 Hamilton Music Award for People’s Choice Independent Music
Teacher of the Year and works with artists at the Studio for vocal pre-production.
In 2005, Robyn graduated with honours from the Humber College Music Program in Toronto, ON. She attained knowledge in theory, composition and arranging for string sections, horns,and big bands. She has twelve years of teaching experience in vocal, theory, and piano.
Ian Green was born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Playing piano since he was five years old, Ian enjoys playing all styles of music including jazz, classical, pop, ragtime, blues, free improvisation. A
graduate of Queen’s University (BMus, 2006) and the Royal Conservatory of Music at Toronto (A.R.C.T., 2006), Ian maintains a thriving music studio teaching piano, music rudiments, history, and theory lessons
at all levels of the curriculum for the Royal Conservatory of Music.
In addition to teaching piano and theory lessons to students of all ages, Ian has been keeping busy wearing many hats in the music industry and community, including: working as the Music Director and
organist at Ryerson United Church in Ancaster, Ontario; working as an active member of the Royal Canadian College of Organists by promoting the importance of the organ as a solo instrument; working as
co-owner and co-founder of a technology start-up company specializing in creating technologically advanced tools to enhance music education and inspire music students; working as a busy piano
adjudicator, having adjudicated music festivals in Belleville, Brantford, Markham, Mississauga, Oshawa,Owen Sound, and Whitby.
In July, 2014, Ian was invited to participate in the training program to become a member of the College of Examiners with the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto.
From 2012-2014, Ian worked as the Recording Secretary for the Hamilton-Halton Branch of Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (O.R.M.T.A.) Currently, Ian is working in the role as Treasurer.
In addition, Ian is a member of the Provincial Council of O.R.M.T.A; he is the Communication Portfolio Manager for the Province of Ontario, assisting with all of the needs of ORMTA membership related to
technological questions, social media activities , and website updates and development. With 15 years of professional experience, Ian enjoys accompanying students of all ages and experience levels for recitals, examinations, recording projects, and competitions.
As a professional musical entertainer, Ian is always adding new and exciting tunes to his vast repertoire of over 6,500 songs. He has performed music at many restaurants, banquet centers, and live music.
Multi Instrumentalist/Arranger-Al Serediuk
Al began playing guitar while listening to blues and R&B records. This was primarily Motown and Stax repertoire which was played in House parties and Fraternity socials at age fourteen.
Al began to learn other stringed instruments such as mandolin while playing with bands in the GTA.
After school he studied Jazz arranging and composition for seven years. Several years were with Ron Collier from Humber College and completed the Gordon Delamont course of study. He has produced several original recordings of his own along with Jim Witter, Mike Schoten and Carter Lancaster. Al currently teaches music and has recorded several acoustic guitar pieces as well as recording on Stephanie Coldwell-Andersons newly released EP Dreams.
Oksana Zelinska is a graduate of the Performance Diploma Program at The Glenn Gould School of TheRoyal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) studying with Donna Sherman and coaching with Brahm Goldhamer, and is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships in both Classical Voice and Grand Opera at the Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto. In 2005, she obtained her Bachelor of Music through the Thompson Rivers University in BC. Oksana started her music education at the age of six when she began to play piano and the Ukrainian national instrument, the bandura, under her mother’s tutelage, an experienced bandura teacher in Ukraine. In 1993, she graduated from the Secondary State Boarding Music School in Lviv (Ukraine) and in 1998 was accepted to The Lviv State Academy of Music where she studied with Oksana Herasymenko, a renown teacher and a well-known composer of contemporary bandura music. As a vocal soloist, Oksana performed in Ravel’s “L’Enfant,” sang the role
of Marion from the twelfth century work “The Play of Robin and Marion” set to music by Milhaud, and Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Starting in 2001, she began teaching bandura and voice
at “Zoloti Struny” Bandura Capella established in Toronto by her late mother Vira Zelinska, and as of 2012, took over the role of an artistic director and a conductor at the Vira Zelinska Ukrainian Youth
Bandura Capella “Zoloti Struny”.
Carson Freeman
Keeping a low profile on the Toronto music Scene, saxophonist Carson Freeman has developed a unique,
sought after style that has launched him into the performance spotlight. Heralded as the 2010 Canadian Smooth Jazz Wind Instrumentalist of the Year, Freeman was also awarded opportunities that showcased
his musical art alongside Grammy Award Winners; David Sanborn, M.C. Hammer, (Guitarist/Producer) Paul Brown, Guitarist Larry Carlton and Jazz Singer/Pianist Diana Krall. As well, Carson has performed
with several other notable musicians, including drummer Max Weinberg, trumpeter Randy Brecker, fellow sax man Dave Koz, and Canadian singing icon Gino Vannelli. Freeman has appeared numerous
times on (Canadian) national television, has performed for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and has entertained notable international celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker and Catherine Zeta Jones.
Other passions include a love of cooking that lead Carson to appear on the Canadian Reality TV show “Come Dine With Me Canada”(CDWMC). Carson was featured in five episodes of the first season and
won first place for his hosting and cooking skills. After his CDWMC experience, Carson received opportunities to cook in front of live audiences to teach easy cooking methods that inspire healthy
delicious affordable meals. Carson has lent his musical talents to several recordings, and is in the process of recording his debut album. Carson resides in the Mississauga Ontario suburb; Port Credit with his
(Opera singer) wife Abigail, daughter Eden, cat Kali, and dog Brecker.
Loretta Hale (Born in Oshawa) is a Hamilton based musician. She has been playing for over 19 years, she has played in community pit bands, quartets, trio’s, duo’s and youth orchestra’s throughout Southern Ontario. Loretta graduated from Mohawk College for Cello and Trumpet in the 3 year Classical/Jazz program in Hamilton, Ontario. She played in many of the Mohawk ensembles including the Mohawk College Big Band as lead trumpet, a cello duo, and ensembles of the jazz, funk, and fusion persuasion. Loretta received a Specialist Certificate in the Music
Business from Berklee College of Music, where she studied Marketing, Publishing, The Future of the Music Business, and Inside the Record Industry. She performs with Canadian band Andre Bisson Rhythm & Blues Experience that tours in Canada, US, England, Wales, and Ireland. In 2005 she started and directs The Loretta Hale Big Band and is a cellist in a string duo/trio called Rosetta Strings. Loretta was nominated for Special Instrumentalist and Tour Manager of the Year at the Hamilton Music Awards for her work with a couple bands and a tour for Andre Bisson’s Band. She enjoys doing recording sessions, playing with other bands/ensembles in need of a string touch, as well as anything else that comes her way. For the Summer of 2015, Loretta will be on tour with the Andre Bisson R&B Experience in the UK and playing on a few albums with her trumpet and cello.

 

 

 

 

NEWSIES! Musical- Toronto ( thoughts….)

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So, today after much waiting my husband and I finally got to go see the Newsies musical in Toronto. I have been waiting for it to come to Toronto since it was first announced for Broadway in New York.  I would have bought them to go in June had I been aware of the Pan Am games, and the Blue Jays games but alas I was not when I bought them,  so we spent an very uncomfortable trip to Toronto on a very packed GO train and a very human packed walk to the theatre as well. The return trip was much better!

The Newsies has been one of my favourite musicals since I was about 11 years old when the movie version came out. Being a preteen and already in  love with music, and of course what 11 year old wouldn’t enjoy watching a movie with a lot of good looking young teens and twenty somethings at the time. …. ok I was a typical pre-teen girl, I admit it.  I think my love for the music and the musical was ingrained even more deeply with our grade 6 class radio version production of the story as part of English class.

This overall was a well done musical  ( go see it if you can!!!!… says the girl that was cult obsessed on this musical as a preteen.) and of course to take a movie and make it a stage musical took work as there were a lot of different scene changes and less space and of course actors then you would have in a movie, but all in all the accommodations were done well.

Dan De Luca, lead the pack of newsboys playing Jack Kelly in this musical version, like every other person in this show he is a triple threat. He practically had the exact accent Christian Bale did in the movie, if I closed my eyes I would have thought it was Christian Bale on stage when he spoke, his acting was superb, and his singing was good, though at times he had a tighter tone quality though it seemed to occur mostly after lengthy dance scenes effecting his breathing and by keeping his accent as it tightened up the vowels, otherwise he did a great job portraying the character. He was quite able as a dancer along with everyone else in the company. ( more on that later.)

Jacob Kemp played the role of David Jacobs in this musical version, what an great singer and I personally found that every time he opened his mouth to sing this amazing tone came out and really the true character of Davey came through. I wasn’t personally a fan of his choice to make the character in lack of a better term wimpy. David was the brains of the whole strike, though cautious and rightly so… I never view his as whimpy…. when I heard his voice I thought of Crutchie and when Crutchie opened his mouth I heard David…..my preference is  towards David Moscow’s portrayal of this character. Again, Kemp did well in the dance scenes with everyone.

Otherwise every other character that was on the stage sounded like and portrayed the character, like the movie, it felt like some of them even looked like the guys from back in the 90’s.  I’m not sure how I felt about the fact that they had actors doubled up on roles, it kind of made it hard to tell which character you where watching other then a change in costume….  For instance the role of Spot Conlon was played by the same person ( Jeff Heimbrook) who played Elmer and ensemble… This happened with other characters too but I only really noticed it with the role of Spot Conlon this role really should have had it’s own actor  not a shared role. I couldn’t really tell which character was Spot. The role was bigger in the movie  and it’s unfortunate they chose to cut it down he was one of my favourite characters in the movie.

Differences from movie VS musical…. and boy there are quite a few……. and I’m not really sure how I feel about them…..they work I guess…. but I’m a traditionalist at times when it comes to history and tend to like to keep things historically accurate…

David’s sister Sarah ( who is Jack’s main love interest in the movie and the only female role other then the singing nun’s at the beginning in the movie didn’t exist in the musical at all! ) In the movie she was weaker female role ( not what we like to portray today.) and a home body….Also the main reporter Mr. Denton was not in the musical version either. These two roles were combined together to create the character of Katherine the reporter and thus only girl ( other then a female secretary to Pulitzer, Medda Larkin and the nuns. ) for Jack to have a love interest in…… This character I am going to assume was based off the only really well known strong female reporter of that historical time period Elizabeth Jane Cochran AKA Nellie Bly her pen name…. this is where my historical traditionalist comes in….and of course what today demands is a strong female character for today’s young girls to look up too, which is what the creation of this role is meant for..and that is all well and good and the storyline changes worked and the musical was good and I enjoyed it a lot….. and as mentioned there were a few pioneering women out there like Ms. Bly… but historically she was retired by the the time the newsboys strike happened in 1899….and journalism really was for the most part a world of men in that time frame…. I don’t really see why it couldn’t have remained the same as the movie….( personal opinion)…. But in the end it all worked with the story line changes and plot twists…..that conform to today’s day and age….. for strong female roles…. it worked fine in the movie with out it, so I’m sure it would have been fine as the musical, but to each his own….

Though I have my personal pet peeves ( which are minor)… I really did find this musical very enjoyable and would recommend it to go see…..My favourite parts were the ensemble parts and songs that resembled the movie. I mean the dancing was fabulous!   I could really watch those guys dance again and again!! It was great! and they sounded amazing singing too! If I had enough money I would go see it again…. but since I don’t I’ll watch my DVD instead.

Final Rating for this show was 4 out of 5 stars!

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We Keep a Light!

A very personal and important cause has come to my attention today, being from Nova Scotia I have a heritage related to the land and sea. The lighthouse in Margaretsville, Nova Scotia where my great grandfather and great great granduncle where both keepers of the lighthouse has rescently been determined that this lighthouse is now considered a government surplus and it will no longer be funded. Please help save this light house by please voting for and if possible donating to the fund to keep it maintained, without it Margaretsville looses an important cultural landmark, heritage and tourist attraction. I am greatful to anyone who can help. https://thisplacematters.ca/…/margaretsville-lighthouse-he…/

 This is one of my most favourite places in the world! Below you will find pictures of it…. this is one of the places I would go to seek refuge.
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Thank-You from the bottom of my heart! Please share and if possible RT.

Hayden’s Journey Project

“So I’m working on a little project for one of my children’s songs and need your help! smile emoticon Because I can sing but I can’t draw !!. I wanted this to be open participation in a creative process. Please pass this e-mail around to people you know who may be interested in participating. Submissions from adults and children accepted ! I am looking for multiple drawings or artist creation , painting etc ( see below list) in any style.. You can choose one or all categories to submit for, all chosen works will be featured in a video complication for my youtube page to go with my song. All submissions should be properly scanned and submitted to me as a high quality photo usually a PNG does a nice job to sakuramelodymusic (at) gmail.com

I’m looking for people (adults and children) to do drawings of the following scene’s from my song Hayden’s Journey- should be Blond haired blue eyed boy with shitzu/maltese dog ( try your best !)

1. Blond haired blue eyed boy playing in his backyard in Australia with his dog Millie (shitzu/maltese) and his Kangaroo.
2. boy talking with his dog about going on a trip.
3. travelling pictures getting from Australia to Canada
4. Landing in a snowy Canada and then making friends with a polar bear
5. (boy, dog, kangaroo, polar bear) making a snowman together
6. (boy, dog, kangaroo, polar bear) skating on a pond
7. (boy, dog, kangaroo, polar bear) building a snow fort in the grandparents backyard.
8. The little boy packing to go back to Australia
9. little boy leaving his grandparents and waving good bye to them and the polar bear
10. The polar bear taking to the little boy before he leaves to go.
11.drawings of the little boy playing in the backyard of his Australian home

take a listen here https://soundcloud.com/stephanie-c-a/haydens-journey

Deadline for submission July 31st, 2015

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STARLIGHT- an ALBUM REVIEW

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Artist: Ian Green

Album: Starlight

Website: www.musicbyiangreen.com

Genre: Easy Listening/piano solo

Sounds like: G. Holst/ Hagood Hardy/ Philip Glass

Standout songs: Starlight/ A Peaceful Event/ White Sound/ Open Waters

If you are looking for a relaxing album of music to help with winding down after a long day this album is a great way to do it. Grab a cup of tea or in the summer a bowl of ice cream snuggle up on the chesterfield and relax. This album easily lets you drift to new worlds in your imagination as the music evokes images in your mind. The album is filled with beautiful soaring and soul filled  original melodies played clearly and crisply on solo piano.  A Peaceful Event: The deep rich tones of the sustained chords in this piece bring a depth to the song reminiscent of the style of Gustav Holst’s- The Planets while bring images to mind of the vastness of outer space. The melody line is light and nicely contrasts the darker suspended chords intensity  along with nicely placed resolutions. Open Waters:  This piece evokes the feeling of becoming the water itself you can feel yourself moving with the water through different terrain and how that terrain changes the water itself, while losing yourself in the moment of the music.  Starlight: The lilting melody and tonal colour changes throughout this piece are reminiscent of the style of Hagood Hardy drawing the listener in. While creating a sense of a star lit  sky shining brightly and moments of a falling stars are evoked by the use of falling melodic lines and strategically placed dynamics helping to create an image before your eyes. White Sound: This song begins with a pointillistic/minimalistic feel and creates a sense of style similar to that of Philip Glass. This motive returns a few times throughout the piece and is well contrasted by a lyrical soaring melody line  which grows as the piece progresses. This album leaves you wanting to hear more from this up and coming solo pianist.

Get your copy here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/starlight/id991180080

Dreams- Reviews

Hey Everyone,

Just wanted to share with you the great recent shout outs/ reviews that have come our way for my Children’s EP Album Dreams.

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Glimpse -Canadian product reviews and giveaways. click link.

http://glimpsereviews.com/2015/04/22/dreams-giveaway/

Journeys of the Zoo – a Canadian Parent blog- click link

https://m.facebook.com/JourneysofTheZoo2/photos/a.332210370179477.76919.309758755757972/832027566864419/?type=1&theater

And the latest from the music blog of Kids Music That Rocks- click link.

http://kidsmusicthatrocks.blogspot.ca/2015/05/mailbox-monday-whats-new-in-kindie-rock.html

Get your copy at any of the following distributors worldwide click any of the below links:

Digital:

itunes, amazon, googleplay, cdbaby

Phsyical CD:

bandcamp

Thanks for all the support!

Crossed the Divide- A Love Song- single COMING MAY 6th

Hey everyone,

So back over the break in March we spent some time in studio recording a wedding love song- entitled Crossed the Divide for a lovely couple Jenni and Johnny for their wedding in Ireland this coming summer!

Crossed the Divide is a love song about two people who came together from vastly different worlds and fell in love with each other! Genre is a mix – singer-songwriter, folk, world music.

This song will be coming out on pretty much all digital and streaming platforms May 6th, 2015.

Crossed the Divide Cover Art

For those of you who follow this blog you get to hear it first from sound cloud.

Lyrics by Stephanie Coldwell-Anderson (SOCAN)
Music by Stephanie Coldwell-Anderson and Al Serediuk
(SOCAN)
Vocals/Piano- Stephanie Coldwell-Anderson
Classical Guitar- Al Serediuk
Cello- Loretta Hale (Andre Bisson Band and The Rosetta String Duo)
Cover Art Design Layout: Robyn Pauhl, cover art used with a standard license agreement ©istock.com Lonely__
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Justin Koop (Walk off the Earth, Suzie McNeil, Newworldson) of B Town Sound, Burlington, Ontario