Please allow me to introduce myself ...
Posted by: fred simon on 28 August 2000
Let me just say from the start that I'm really excited about my association with NAIM, and hope that it is a long lived and fruitful one. I'm grateful to Ken Christianson and everyone at NAIM for giving me the opportunity to share my music with an astute audience.
I've been making music for nearly thirty years, composing for records, live performance, film, dance, and television, with instrumentation ranging from solo piano to symphonic orchestra. My recorded work includes four albums of original music under my name: "Short Story" and "Time and the River" (Quaver), "Usually/Always" (Windham Hill), and "Open Book" (Columbia); three albums with the Simon and Bard Group: "Musaic," "Tear It Up," and "The Enormous Radio" (Flying Fish); as well as "Twilight" (NorthWord Press) [recently reissued as "Candlelight" on NorthSound Music Group], a collaboration with reed player Paul McCandless and guitarist Teja Bell; "The Music of the Beach Boys" (NorthSound Music Group), a record of solo piano arrangements of Brian Wilson songs; and numerous appearances on samplers released by Windham Hill, Columbia, Narada, Private Music, Imaginary Road, and NorthSound Music Group.
I've recorded and/or performed with Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, Larry Coryell, Lyle Mays, Iain Matthews (founding member of Fairport Convention), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra violinist), Steve Rodby and Paul Wertico (both members of the Pat Metheny Group), Bonnie Herman (Singers Unlimited), Kurt Elling, Fareed Haque, David Onderdonk, Ingrid Graudins, Ross Traut, The Stan Kenton Orchestra, and many others.
Bass player Kelly Sill has worked for over twenty-five years, both in the Chicago area and around the world, with a distinguished and diverse roster of musicians, including: Hank Jones, Dave Liebman, Woody Shaw, Eddie Harris, Ruth Brown, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Tommy Flanagan, Freddie Hubbard, Mose Allison, Ernie Watts, and Art Blakey. He has also performed and recorded with the Simon and Bard Group, shared a leader role with drummer Joel Spencer on their album "The Brighter Side," which features current Steely Dan saxophonist Chris Potter, and he can be heard with composer/pianist Kelly Brand on her albums "A Dream in a Stone" and "Sister Luna," as well as on many other recordings by various artists. He is also much in demand as a teacher and clinician at many prominent jazz education programs and institutions.
Sarah Allen has drummed her way through a vast range of musical situations for more than twenty years, performing and recording throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Asia with jazz, pop, folk, theatrical, klezmer and classical ensembles, including the Fred Simon Quartet/Trio, the Modern Klezmer Quartet, Bobbi Wilsyn, Bobby Conn, and Steppenwolf Studio Theater. Sarah danced and drummed as a member of Jellyeye Drum Theater, and is a tympanist and percussionist in the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Chicago Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Samuel Magad; her percussion work can also be heard on the recording of the world premier of Kay Gardner's "Ouroboros." Sarah can currently be seen and heard at Briar Street Theater in Chicago, as a featured drummer in the Blue Man Group production. Sarah is also a member of NAIM recording artist Patrick Noland's trio.
I hope everyone gets a chance to check out "Dreamhouse" ... I'm extremely proud of it. I look forward to hearing from anyone who wants to shout out, either in this forum or directly via email. Thanks for listening.