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Jody Redhage & Fire in July

Called an “adventurous cello songstress” (Time Out New York), cellist, composer, and vocalist Jody Redhage is “a new music dynamo…Redhage is cultivating a repertoire of indie art songs that breaches genre boundaries and makes for stirring listening” (MusicWorks Magazine). Her dual passions for chamber music and new music have led her to participate in an array of cutting-edge projects. Praised for her “exceptional technical command,” (Steve Smith, Night After Night), Jody has premiered over 100 works, including many of her own compositions for chamber ensembles, as well as premieres of fellow composers' works. Jody has also spent the past seven years developing the ability to simultaneously sing and play complex, rhythmically intricate and independent musical lines. As recipient of the 2005 Hertz Grant, Jody was able to develop this project by commissioning a repertoire of 21st century art song for voice, cello, and electronics from some of today’s most talented emerging composers. Her debut CD on New Amsterdam Records (www.newamsterdamrecords.com), All Summer in a Day (2007), has been called “a freewheeling, slightly edgy and altogether "different" kind of musical experience…highly rewarding and worthwhile” (Dave Lewis, All Music Guide).

Jody graduated with her master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music in May 2005, and now resides in Brooklyn with her husband, renowned jazz trombonist and composer Alan Ferber. Her interest in a wide variety of musical genres has led her to regularly perform with classical, jazz, rock, and pop groups in New York City and throughout North America. Jody has worked with composers Pierre Boulez, George Crumb, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, and Julia Wolfe and additional notable collaborations include performances with members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Flux Quartet, Sequitur, Neil Diamond and band, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Meatloaf, the Roots, Clay Aiken, Enya, Duncan Sheik, Guster, and Sufjan Stevens. Jody has appeared on TV playing on ABC's The View, the CBS Early Show, and NBC's The Today Show, Conan O’Brien, and the Rockefeller Christmas Spectacular. Her own compositions and music from her CDs have been aired on several NPR stations and programs, including WNYC's Evening Music, Spinning on Air, New Sounds, WFMU, and WAMC’s Performance Today.

Jody’s original art song compositions are featured in her band/chamber ensemble Fire in July. Jody’s music melds the influences of art song, jazz improvisation, rock, and pop. The multi-talented members of Fire in July are Jody on voice/cello, Ken Thomson on clarinet/bass clarinet; Alan Ferber on trombones; Tim Collins on vibraphone, and Fred Kennedy on drums/percussion. Fire in July’s debut album, “Ancient Star” was released on September 15, 2009, and has garnered praise from George Grella in The Big City: “Ancient Star” is a real accomplishment, refreshing and enjoyable, music that is exploring and pioneering a new style and doing so with real though and skill.” David Garland from Spinning on Air says of the album: “Really interested stuff that encompasses everything from art song to jazz. It’s not easily pegged in terms of style or genre, but all for the better…because it takes us to unexpected places. Quite an ensemble…quite a sound.” Please visit www.jodyredhage.com for more information about Fire in July, to hear audio tracks, and for a schedule of upcoming concerts.

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