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by Michael Reinhart

Crafted, acoustic, urban folk songs reflecting on the various 'echoes' resonating in contemporary life. History, memory, scars, lovers, friends and hometowns. Vocals and guitar are front and center, with cello, violin, accordion, mandolin and percussion.
Genre: Folk: Urban Folk
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1. Horizon Line
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2. & You Said Yes
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3. Bide My Time
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4. Break Me Into Little Pieces
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5. Broken Idea
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6. Echo
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7. Sand Inside a Pearl
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8. Indian Road
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9. Nola
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10. Take Me Away
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11. Woman in the Window
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12. You Alone
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Album Notes
Canadian singer-songwriter, Michael Reinhart's fifth album, the latest since 'lost&found' in November 2011, is comprised of 12 original songs honed after several years of live performances in Montréal, Toronto and Edmonton venues as well as across Canada, the eastern US, and the UK. This is a carefully crafted studio album, almost three years in the making with several talented guest musicians helping out. The result is eCHO, a collection of ‘urban folk’ songs, written and performed by Michael.

Montreal-based singer-songwriter, composer, stage designer, artist and photographer Michael Reinhart
is no stranger to desperate times and the school of hard knocks. His latest collection of original songs,
entitled eCHO, provides glimpses of a life story that will resonate with many listeners. He has come a long
way down a path of strife and dogged determination to get where he is in this world. After a harrowing
experience he had in 1993, when he sustained a spinal injury that paralyzed him from the waist down, he
underwent major surgery and over the following five years, his life was spent learning to walk all over again.
The experience was certainly not wasted on him, and served to deepen his love of the guitar, as well as
sharpen his ability for writing strikingly penetrating and profound lyrics. Newly transformed, and with
resounding courage and empathy, he began what he calls his second life with renewed fervor. This incredibly versatile
renaissance artist now brilliantly echoes the old life throughout this latest 12-track album.

A trained accordionist and self-taught finger-style guitarist, Michael mostly created instrumental pieces
and didn’t really venture into singing until quite late in his career. On eCHO, his rich and rugged vocals
meld beautifully with his passionate lyrics and melodies, reminiscent of the depth and wisdom of Leonard
Cohen. With themes that have echoed through his whole life, of breaking away from family and hometown
to become his own man in “Take Me Away” or calm unrealized in “Sand Inside A Pearl,” we can feel
the struggle of a young man searching and sometimes succeeding through the many mistakes and trials
along the way. The tune “& You Said Yes,” which features stunning violin and cello, is a hauntingly sweet “echo” of
a very desperate time when the artist said yes to life, after a good friend intuitively intervened by saying
the three words that tipped the balance in favor of hanging on. The title track, in which New York singer
Alison Wedding shines on backup vocals, speaks of long-term relationships, and how one lover’s influence
echoes through your life, in how you see, how you speak, how you live. Nothing at all corny or clichéed here,
and certainly not without humor. Michael delivers the message with a unique perspective, and there are
many lyrical gems, such as on the first track “Horizon Line,” where one hears “I haven’t gathered much except
a limp along the way.” Nearly 3 years in the making, eCHO is a beautiful, carefully crafted yet stripped-down-
to-the-basics musical autobiography. Guitar and vocals are front and center, with stellar utilization of Sarah
Frank (The Bombadils) on violin, and Robert Stagg and Montrealer David Ryshpan on accordion throughout,
especially tasteful on the waltz-styled “Nola” about hurricane Katrina. Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies) on mandolin
is outstanding on that tune as well. Inspired cello by Vancouver composer Peggy Lee, percussion by Montreal
musician Patrick Graham and guitar enhancement by Toronto’s Noah Zacharin all add sparkle and sweetness
to this collection of all original material.

Aside from the recent limited releases 'lost&found' (2011) and the instrumental album 'Cyprus Songs' (2011), various other recordings, several scores for contemporary dance, interdisciplinary & film projects in recent years, Michael also released the album 'QUARAALUKTUQ, Michael Reinhart & Singers of Nunavut', in 2003 a collaboration with nine Inuit singers from Igloolik Nunavut.

In 2008, Michael created original music for the music score for award-winning feature film Before Tomorrow (Best First Feature TIFF 2008). Recently, he collaborated in Performing Book at the AGA in Edmonton with dancer Lin Snelling, musician Jérémi Roy and artist Shelagh Keeley. Michael has shared gigs and stages with such talented artists as the Annabelle Chvostek, Jon Brooks, Antoine Dufour, Alise Marlane and NEeMA. His music’s been aired on numerous CBC programs over the years, as well as on various community and university radio stations where 'lost&found' ranked among the Top Ten folk/roots/blues albums for several weeks from Halifax to Windsor, and Toronto to Kamloops.

Michael Reinhart currently resides and works in both Montréal Québec, for 23 years, and Edmonton Alberta since 2008, and continues to write songs, compose, improvise and tour.

Some reviews of Michael's previous albums.

"Michael Reinhart makes country-folk sound jazzy on his latest release, Lost&Found... Reinhart... is finally gracing Canada with his first solo release, and it'a an immensely pleasurable listen." Randi Beers, EXCLAIM! November 18, 2011.

“The only way of describing these exotically melodic tunes is spiritual, confirming how music transcends geography,
history and culture when it speaks to the heart and to the soul.” Robert Reid, The Record / Kitchener-Waterloo, 2003. Quaraaluktuq review

“The cheerful spirit of the music, and perhaps the choice of instrumentation, speaks less of ice floes and bitter winds than it does of fun under the midnight sun.” Rating: 8.5/10. Rupert Bottenberg, The Montreal Mirror. Review of Quaraaluktuq, 2003.

“… It is not contemporary, rather it is timeless. The type that will grow old pretty well in your music collection, and that you will rediscover, with pleasure, every year. Guillaume Leclerc, Montréal Folk Culture Examiner, June 3 2010.

“Magnétique, sûrement.” Philippe Daoust, L’actualité magazine, 2003. Review of Quaraaluktuq.

“Le produit final est étonnant de complexité.” François Dufort, ICI Montréal. Review of ‘extinction’, 2004.



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