NEXT UP… Chris Murphy will bring “a unique fabric of world music” to dress up the Cocoon in a tapestry of talent.
This fantastic violinist will join Andrea Brook / Sonic Butterfly in the Ojai Cocoon.
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 8-11pm
For 25 years, and with no sign of slowing, violinist Chris Murphy has made a living by writing, performing and recording original music. For Murphy, the path forward is charted by looking backward, to the troubadours and minstrels of ages past. Forget the exaggerated reports of the music industry’s demise. It’s only the record industry, a relative blip in the history of putting tones in sequence, that’s suffering. Music, and the opportunity to make a life’s work out of it, well, that’s not going anywhere.
“In another era,” he says, “I would have played square dances, and loved it. I would have been a court musician in Versailles in the 17th Century, or a violinist in a circus orchestra.” For Chris Murphy, inspiration spans eras and aesthetics, but the fundamentals are the same.
Born into an Irish-Italian family near New York City, Murphy was surrounded by the disparate and eclectic sounds of his neighbors’ traditional music. “I heard and was influenced by everything – from Italian-mandolin music, to bluegrass and folk, to Latin music,” he says. Inevitably, he discovered rock ‘n’ roll, claiming still further influence from some of rock’s most adventurous and eclectic icons: Lou Reed and Ry Cooder, Bob Dylan and Richard Thompson. “My real hero,” he says, “was David Lindley. Hearing him play fiddle and lap steel with Jackson Browne — that kind of esoteric, enigmatic soloing over songs is originally what I loved.”
He learned about Turkish and Indian music at Simon’s Rock of Bard College and then studied composition at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music. A longtime instrumental dabbler, Murphy has mostly taught himself how to play percussion, guitar and mandolin, even some Eastern instruments, but he found his proper match at 22, when he picked up the violin. “It’s the one instrument you’ll find anywhere you go,” he says. “And it has a wonderful, charming kind of minstrel quality. I love all the myths surrounding it.”
Eventually, Murphy did as so many American adventure seekers had done before him: He sought his fortune in the West. Now based in Los Angeles, Murphy earns his living by teaching — guitar, mandolin and violin — working on music for films, and, mostly, by performing his work for audiences.
And that’s hardly at the exclusion of recording. To wit, Murphy has amassed a deep catalog of solo and collaborative albums and made cameo appearances on records by Har Mar Superstar and The Dandy Warhols, among others. Murphy’s recordings include the likes of Steve Hodges and Larry Taylor from Tom Waits’ band, Nels Cline (Wilco), Mike Watt (fIREHOSE), D.J. Bonebrake and John Doe (X, The Knitters), Herb Pedersen (The Desert Rose Band), Tim O’Brien, Joachim Cooder (Buena Vista Social Club), Joey Peters (Grant Lee Buffalo), Walfredo Reyes Jr. (Santana), Trevor Hutchinson (Waterboys, Lunasa) and Pat D’Arcy, L. Shankar (Peter Gabriel), Victoria Williams. In the last year alone, Murphy has written and recorded six new albums in a vast array of styles. Chris has also been featured on television programs such as ‘Til Death and The Ellen Degeneres Show; his diverse and chameleon-like talents make him a sought after composer and collaborator for film and television. Chris has also performed in over 40 US states, in England and in Ireland.
As he searches for new ways to communicate through music, fusing styles and techniques from across the globe — a unique fabric of world music, he calls it — Murphy finds his element on the stage, where spontaneity and improvisation reign. “To me, the music is liquid, and I’m looking to have some kind of experience.” he says. “I’ll twist and turn and hammer and mold and shape cut and paste the music to do that. We’ve never done a song the same way twice.” As ever, Murphy re-forges the past to make a new way.
Please join us for the next performance in the Ojai Cocoon on Saturday, August 5, 2017, 8-11pm, for an epic collaboration between violinist Chris Murphy and Andrea Brook/Sonic Butterfly.
Sonic Butterfly is a 26 string acoustic, chromatic, long-string harp designed and played by Andrea Brook. The long strings are at minimum 60 ft and span out over the audience, transforming indoor and outdoor environments into a giant musical instrument and engaging the audience to be participants, to transcend limitation and let their creativity fly. www.sonicbutterfly.com
The Ojai Cocoon is Andrea’s newly completed studio and performance venue. Once a month or so, Andrea hosts guest artists to collaborate, record and perform with Sonic Butterfly. The collaborations from these events will result in an album of duets and trios with Sonic Butterfly.
The event is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. In gratitude for your support of these monthly events, you will receive a downloadable copy of the Sonic Butterfly Duets & Trios album when it is complete. Thank you for supporting the artists to make this album possible. Space is limited to 50 guests, so you must RSVP to attend. You will receive directions to the Ojai Cocoon when you RSVP. You are welcome to invite guests. Please only reply for the number of guests you will bring. If you are paying in advance, please PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org $15 for each guest, and please use PayPal’s friends and family option.
The event is 8-11pm on Saturday, August 5th. Doors at 8pm. The show will be at 8:30pm. Please do not arrive later than 8:30pm. RSVP to receive the location, parking information and all the details.
Ojai’s own OLIWA! This phenomenal music producer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist, will join Andrea Brook / Sonic Butterfly in the Ojai Cocoon.
Saturday, May 27, 2017, 8-11pm
Oliwa is the moniker of Oliver Newell, a music producer and multi-instrumentalist based out of Ojai, California. His decades of experience as an upright/electric bassist have slowly given way to his current experimentation with live electronic music. His music is uniquely intertwines influences of contemporary electronic dance music, jazz, classical, dub reggae, and psychedelia, woven into intricate organic grooves and emotional textures.
Oliwa has performed at festivals and venues around the world with a wide assortment of bands, solo artists, chamber ensembles and orchestras. His endeavors include serving as the principle bassist of the Kona Symphony as well as playing bass with Columbian reggae artist Ras Sparrow, folk glam-a-billy rockers He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister, progressive big band The Industrial Jazz Group, and legendary LA psych band Jeffertitti’s Nile. He also performs his original works with his 9-piece band, The Pleasure Circus.
Recently he has been producing music for other artists (Shining Lion, Henry Wolfe, Ted Lennon, Sara Melson, Elisa Rose), performing with his live folktronica band, Radio Skies, and DJing on the side. He is a graduate from the composition program at California Institute of the Arts and is also a certified yoga instructor.
World Renowned Grammy & Academy Award winning flute player, Steve Gorn, will be the next guest to join Andrea Brook / Sonic Butterfly in the Ojai Cocoon.
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 7:30-10:30pm
Steve Gorn has performed Indian Classical Music and new American Music on the bansuri bamboo flute, soprano saxophone and clarinet in concerts and festivals throughout the world. His work with the flute is featured on the 2011 Grammy winning recording, “Miho – Journey to the Mountain,” with the Paul Winter Consort, and the Academy Award winning Documentary film, “Born into Brothels,” He is also featured on Grammy nominated cds: Paul Simon, “You are the One,” Angelique Kidjo’s, “Oyo,” Silvia Nakkach/David Darling, “Long & Longing,” and Paul Avggerinos, “Bhakti.”
His unique blend of Indian music and contemporary world music can be heard on recordings with Paul Simon, Glen Velez, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Winter, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Tony Levin, Adam Rudolph, Layne Redmond, Richie Havens, Alessandra Belloni, Badal Roy, Simon Shaheen, Deepak Chopra, Robert Bly, Coleman Barks, and numerous Indian musicians. His numerous recordings include Luminous Ragas, the landmark Indian-Jazz fusion recording, Asian Journal, Pranam a jugalbandi with Barun Kumar Pal playing hansaveena, and Samir Chatterjee, tabla. His latest recordings are “Between Two Worlds,” Rasika, with tabla by Samir Chatterjee, and Illumination, with Nepali flutist, Manose. In addition to the landmark world music recording, Asian Journal, with Nana Vasconcelos and Badal Roy, he recorded ‘Wishing Well’ with Richie Havens, and in August, 2013, he performed at “Back to the Garden: A Day of Song and Remembrance Honoring Richie Havens“, at the site of the original 1969 Woodstock Festival.
Shredding electric guitar player Tobias Hurwitz with Andrea Brook & Sonic Butterfly in the Ojai Cocoon
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 7:30-10:30pm
Tobias Hurwitz is a popular rock guitarist from Baltimore Maryland who divides his time between live performances, writing guitar books and teaching Skype guitar lessons to students throughout the USA and abroad. When he’s not revving up local football fans at M&T Bank Stadium as lead guitarist for The Baltimore Raven’s he stays healthy with yoga, meditation and a natural plant based diet.
Tobias has written 15 books on rock guitar, has over a million you tube hits, and has been widely published by the major guitar magazines. He won “Best Guitarist in the Mid-Atlantic” from the Music Monthly Reader’s Poll, was named “Baltimore’s Best Guitar Teacher” by Baltimore’s City Paper, received the MVP 2015 Award by The Marching Ravens, and is a Grammy nominee for the Music Educator Award. Tobias’s endorsements include PRS Guitars, Fractal Audio and Ernie Ball Strings.
Deepak Ramapriyan joins Andrea Brook & Sonic Butterfly in the Ojai Cocoon
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 7-10pm
The Ojai Cocoon presents Sonic Butterfly with very special guest, Deepak Ramapriyan. Deepak, also known as “The Other Deepak“, is a virtuoso singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, actor, dancer and record producer known for evoking extraordinary experiences in listeners of all kinds. Classically trained in violin since age 4, Deepak lends his immense talent to elicit a remarkable range of emotion, from soul-centered meditative bliss to ecstatic jubilation, inspiring his listeners to go beyond the ordinary and access transcendent states of joy and spiritual communion. He is the lead singer and violinist for the pop/rock/electronic group Robot Nature. He also still tours with his indie-rock band The BOLT, and the world sacred music band Breath of Life Tribe. As a freelance musician, he has also played with great talents such as India.Arie, Rihanna, Jason Mraz and many others, as well as recently costarring on the television show “Modern Family” as well as the film “Bleeding Heart” starring Jessica Biel.