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Notes From The Edge

by Notes From The Edge

Teetering on the boundaries between pop,rock, and classical music, ethereal vocalist Kathy Fisher, cutting edge composer Mark Governor and an all star string quartet led by cellist Peggy Baldwin spin familiar songs into unexpected arrangements.
Genre: Pop: Chamber Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. No Surprises
3:50 album only
2. Mr. Brightside
4:34 album only
3. Hide and Seek
4:13 album only
4. Hidden Place
4:53 album only
5. Blue
3:23 album only
6. Digging In The Dirt
4:19 album only
7. Hey You
4:21 album only
8. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding?
3:40 album only
9. Under Pressure
4:14 album only
10. Take It With Me
3:56 album only
11. Hide and Seek (Quartet Version)
4:13 album only


Album Notes
Stunning arrangements, world-class musicianship and the haunting and sultry vocals of chanteuse Kathy Fisher mark \"Notes from the Edge,\" teetering on the boundary between pop and classical music performance. With soul, style and wit, composer/arranger Mark Governor and ensemble traverse the wilds of pop, alternative and new concert music, reinterpreting songs in ways unexpected and sublime.

An all-star string quartet, led by cellist Peggy Baldwin join Mark and Kathy in mind-blowing and beautiful arrangements of songs by Radiohead, The Killers, Imogen Heap, Bjork, Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Elvis Costello, David Bowie and Queen, and Tom Waits.

Kathy Fisher: Vocals
Mark Governor: String Arrangements, Piano, Guitar

Peggy Baldwin: Cello
Kathleen Robertson: 1st Violin
Alwyn Wright: 2nd Violin
Tom Tally: Viola

Produced by Mark Governor for Citysound Music

Bulgarian Choir on \"Hidden Place\" Arranged and Performed by Kate Conklin

Additional Musicians:
Darren McCann (viola) and Cameron Patrick (violin) on \"(What\'s So Funny Bout) Peace Love and Understanding\"
The Citysound String Ensemble on \"No Surprises\"

Engineered and Mixed by Glenn Nishida at Pacifica Studios, Los Angeles
Mastered by Don Grossinger

Associate Producer: Celeste Den

Photography: Dina Douglass / Andrena Photography
Session Photos: Alexis Disselkoen
Graphic Design: Joe LaRue


Mark Governor is a renowned film and TV composer and songwriter, with music in 20 feature films and over 150 TV shows, collaborating with artists like Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop, and Ringo Starr.  His rock musical “The Scarlet Letter” has had sell-out 8-10 week runs at 250 -500 seat venues in Los Angeles, Boston and Berlin and his Latin-themed “Possession: The Legend of El Rojo” is slated for productions in LA and Europe in 2008.  Mark studied with renowned American composer Aaron Copland, and in the classical world, concert versions of his suite “On the Occasion of Falling Rain” have been performed by ensembles in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Phoenix and Boston.

Vocalist Kathy Fisher and her band, Fisher, were signed to Universal Records after garnering 3 million downloads of their single “I Will Love You” on With that release and her two independent releases Fisher has sold 200,000 albums to date. Fisher toured with Duncan Sheik and David Gray and rose to the Top 10 callout lists at a number of radio stations. They were profiled in Time, Entertainment Weekly, and the Los Angeles Times as vanguards of the digital music revolution. Their television performances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Regis and Kelly.  Fisher has performed in 500-600 seat venues such as Slims in San Francisco, the Belly Up in San Diego, the Village Underground in New York City and the Paradise in Boston. As an opening act, Fisher has performed in 2000 seat venues like the House of Blues in New Orleans, the Backyard in Austin, Texas and large outdoor concerts of over 30,000 in attendance at the Half Shell in Boston, and Cox Arena in San Diego. Fisher secured a spot on the second Lilith Fair tour, taking the spotlight on the last night as soloist on \"What\'s Goin\' On\" in front of a choir that included Sarah MacLachlan, Sinead O\'Connor, Liz Phair, and the Indigo Girls.

Quartet leader and cellist Peggy Baldwin has worked with a wide spectrum of artists, ranging from Dionne Warwick, Henry Mancini and Yanni to ELO, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder and Brian Wilson.  She has had the privilege of appearing on several T.V. shows, some of which include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Osborne, The Dick Clark New Year\'s Eve Countdown, VH1 Storytellers and American Idol.  She also has performed on many albums, including those of Kiss, Maroon 5 and George Harrison.  

Los Angeles based session violinist Kathleen Robertson has a talent that remains both elegantly refined and vulnerably raw. She is known for her versatility of style and is at home in a number of musical genres including rock, pop, bluegrass, celtic, baroque, jazz, and classical. Currently the concertmaster for the Hollywood production of Wicked at the Pantages Theater, she has also performed on hundreds of critically acclaimed recordings for such artists as Aerosmith, Joss Stone, Paula Cole, Madonna, Charlie Haden, Burt Bacharach, Maria McKee, as well as the late Ray Charles and Barry White. Her credits include numerous recordings for TV and Film that span over the last 20 years. Kathleen’s live performances are renowned for their soulful, intellectual, and rhythmic intensity. She has shared the stage with Sting, Michael McDonald, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Carly Simon, Mariah Carey, Dolly Parton, B.B King, Whitney Houston, Rod Stewart, and has appeared on national television programs such as “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, “Good Morning America,” and “American Idol.” Through it all, Kathleen’s performances bring a musical honesty and integrity to her audience that is apparent in whatever style she plays.

Controversial violist Tom Tally has used his classical training to turn the symphonic world on it\'s head by encouraging string players to embrace rock guitar solos as a normal part of repertoire and classical training and is well known for his string quartet arrangements of Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Eric Clapton, and the White Stripes in addition to being an in-demand studio musician and orchestral performer. He has produced, composed, and arranged numerous instrumental originals and tributes to his favorite artists ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Panic at the Disco. As a recording artist he performed on countless hit records for Stevie Wonder, Keb \'Mo, Willie Nelson, Kanye West, Counting Crows, Leonard Cohen, Brandy, Michael Jackson, Rosey, Aaron Neville, Roy Orbison, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel, Elton John and many more.

Second violinist Alwyn Wright holds violin positions in the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, and Santa Monica Symphony.  She has performed with Pacific Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra amongst other ensembles, and has toured Europe and Asia as both a soloist and a chamber musician.  Wright has performed with such artists as Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, Patti La Belle, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, John Williams, Christina Aguillera, Kelly Clarkson, Luciano Pavarotti, Bryan Adams, Mandy Moore, Yo Yo Ma, John Williams, and many others. 



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Chris & the Review Team

Cutting Edge Classical/Popular Rock CD That Is A Stunning Masterpiece Of A Tribu
“Notes from the Edge” is the self-titled pop rock/classical fusion tribute album brought to you by a talented group of musicians. Notes from the Edge are comprised of Kathy Fisher, who provides a beautiful pop vocal performance on each track, arranger/pianist/guitarist Mark Governor, and a string quartet led by cellist Peggy Baldwin. Together, the group plays Governor's classically-influenced variations on well known, indie, and pop rock songs from the likes of Radiohead, The Killers, Bowie, Queen, Pink Floyd, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, Imogen Heap, and Björk. Simpy put, this album delivers both as a tribute with beautifully sung vocals and as an album with great classical arrangements. “Notes from the Edge” was produced by Governor, and it sounds great – clean and polished. “No Surprises” introduces the album by paying tribute to Radiohead with a great piano and string quartet arrangement, combined with a stunning vocal performance. The track succeeds in collectively showing you what Notes from the Edge is truly all about. “Hey You” pays tribute to a great Pink Floyd song with strings, soft piano, and nice vocal layering that fuel a sweet vocal performance. “Under Pressure” is a far more flattering tribute to the Queen and David Bowie hit than Vanilla Ice managed, with finger snaps and the string quartet at it again. “Notes from the Edge” is a cutting edge album that brings together two distinct genres to create a stunning masterpiece of a tribute. Fans of classical and/or popular rock music, feast your ears on this one.