Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan | The Drawing Room

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The Drawing Room

by Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan

Original art songs for piano and voice
Genre: Classical: Art songs
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1. Introduction
Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan, Featuring Sarah Jo Zaharako, Violin; Jory Fankuchen, Viola; Joseph Hebert, Cello
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2. Estrangement
Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan
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3. Through the Window
Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan, Featuring Joseph Hebert, Cello
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4. Intermezzo
Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan, Featuring Sarah Jo Zaharako, Violin; Jory Fankuchen, Viola; Joseph Hebert, Cello
2:37 $0.99
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5. House Finch
Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan
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6. When He Comes to You in Dreams
Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan
3:54 $0.99
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7. Intermezzo
Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan, Featuring Sarah Jo Zaharako, Violin; Jory Fankuchen, Viola; Joseph Hebert, Cello
2:23 $0.99
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8. Cameo
Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan, Featuring Joseph Hebert, Cello
3:01 $0.99
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9. Skygazing
Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan
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10. Intermezzo
Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan, Featuring Sarah Jo Zaharako, Violin; Jory Fankuchen, Viola; Joseph Hebert, Cello
1:48 $0.99
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11. Tides
Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan, Featuring Joseph Hebert, Cello
2:23 $0.99
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12. Bjorn's Collecting Butterflies
Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan
2:22 $0.99
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13. Intermezzo
Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan, Featuring Sarah Jo Zaharako, Violin; Joseph Hebert, Cello
1:52 $0.99
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14. Come Unto Me
Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan, Featuring Joseph Hebert, Cello
3:41 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Looking Back Towards The Present:
Modern Songwriters Re-imagine The Art Song

If you asked a bebop jazz pianist and a session singer to name some of their favorite songs, you might not expect works by Franz Schubert or Maurice Ravel to be at the top of the list. But when Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan discovered their mutual affection for 19th century art songs, the two decided to write some of their own.

Well known in the Bay Area as a bebop pianist, Shulman has long been a core member the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra and has played with jazz greats such as Paula West, Bobby Hutcherson and with the Glen Miller Orchestra. Katy's voice has been featured in several film scores and television ads, and for years she helmed the piano bar Martuni's, known for her versatility, easily transitioning between pop songs, standards, show tunes, and opera.

But both grew up playing and listening to classical music.
"I have the sound of that harmony in my ear," Shulman says, "but in my present career, I never get a chance to play or write in that style."

Both Shulman and Stephan wanted to try to compose unique, original songs in a classical style. The result is a song cycle for voice and piano, entitled The Drawing Room. Ranging in mood from lush and dramatic to sparkling and whimsical, the songs are patterned after the classical art songs of the 19th century Romantics and early 20th century Impressionists.

What is an art song exactly?
The art song could be considered the prefect marriage of music and text. An art song, or a collection of art songs, is intended to stand on its own (which distinguishes it from opera or other theatrical works), and often utilizes piano accompaniment. But the piano usually does more than just support the vocal melody, often functioning as an equal partner with a distinct and expressive voice.
"An art song is a perfect little gem," explains Stephan. "It can tell a story, or express the most fleeting mood. It's like the flash from a camera, capturing something ephemeral in musical form."
For the listener who enjoys classical music, art song has the advantage of being presented all on its own, without any context. You don't have to sit through hours of awkward dialogue or spear-carrying filler.
And for the listener with more of a pop sensibility, the art song is usually the same duration as a song you might hear on the radio, but it can offer a much more dynamic range of expression, color and intensity.

One of Shulman's musical strengths is his rich and sensitive harmonic vocabulary, while Stephan focuses more on melody and storytelling. As Shulman describes, "When Katy and I combine our musical strengths we come up with material that is more interesting than either of us could have come up with on our own." The two collaborated on the songs over several months - in some cases working separately and later combining their efforts, and in others working together to construct melody and harmony simultaneously.

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