At BMA, design solutions are arrived at by a cultivated and experienced team of professionals. BENEFITS Bill Moore and Associates offers a long term career opportunity with growth potential, medical benefits, a 401(K) plan and profit sharing. After 6 years of experience as a Project Coordinator, Paul has advanced to a position of maintaining the existing store signage on a nationwide level.
A major jump forward on the path to folk music was the discovery in the late 1980s of the existence of Godfrey Daniels folk club in Bethlehem, PA.
When Chris announced to the songwriters at Jack's that he'd joined the Army, they all shuddered in disbelief. Although the lead character is a female, Chris says that she's partially his alter ego in the. When Chris was finally discharged from the Army in 1995, he got back to the business of being a folksinger. Anyone who's ever strapped on a hollow-body in Jack's vicinity has heard that howl of protest.
Through all the violence of the military novels and the stumbling forward of Thatcher in Hoboken, Chris describes all three novels as love stories. Chris has made a number of appearances on NPR, as a guest on Terry Gross's Fresh Air and as a semi-regular commentator on All Things Considered, and links to his ATC radio essays are available through his site. The above descriptive passage encapsulates why my reaction to Chris's work is so strong.A  You look down and you read and it's all there. It was around mid-August of 2009, and as an invited judge, I was listening to CDs submitted by artists vying for formal showcase slots at the November Northeast Folk Alliance convention. I had nearly completed assigning points to 90-plus artists at that point (it would swell to 105). It was hard to switch away from their newest CD, The Day Everything Became Nothing, to listen to CDs by other artists to do reviews for the Acoustic Live December NERFA wrap-up issue. Demetrius was two years into his Nashville period, playing at the Broken Spoke, when Monica Rizzio wandered in with some of her friends. Throughout college, Laird continued playing in rock bands and extended his enjoyment of singing as part of an A Cappella group (hea€™d also sung in an A Cappella group in high school). After college, Laird taught junior high school for eight years -- Working in Foreign Service didna€™t pan out. Alex states flatly, a€?The band happened the night we played with Laird.a€? The day before the guitar was to arrive from Chicago, Dimitri and Alex were doing their mandolin duet at a place called the Island Merchant. Seeing Laird again, Demetrius re-introduced himself and jumped at the chance to play with him again.
Although it would be difficult to imagine the group without any one member, its history seems to be the evolution of a sound long sought and organically grown by one Demetrius Becrelis. The premise was simple: Put together a pool of innovative design and manufacturing talent and provide clients with a total service at a national level.
The results of the BMA business doctrine carried out by a collective talent pool have been tremendous.
Bill Moore and Associates is a multidisciplinary retail sign and environmental graphic design-build firm that works for prestigious and high profile national and regional retail clients. Albany's small town atmosphere in direct proximity to cultural centers, such as Berkeley and San Francisco, offers the ideal context for the 21st century career.
He is responsible for all the signs BMA installs and that they are kept looking pristine and in original condition. John told them that, if they really wanted to take songwriting seriously, they should get themselves to Greenwich Village in New York City to Jack Hardy's song circle. It contains some of the most harrowing scenes of what fatigue and nerves can do to a human being from boot camp onward into the battle zone.
Again he pulls the reader underneath the skin of the characters to bring a more complete understanding of what it is to be soldier. Although he was basically a Pennsylvanian, he spent enough time in Hoboken with friends, crashing on couches, that he was easily assimilated into the cadre that would become Camp Hoboken. Those of us who knew Chris and the Hoboken crew back then are having a field day connecting the characters with their real-life counterparts. Chris could've stopped there, but, of course he would need to describe Geoff's small apartment with the pictures of the wall of a€?Geoffa€? and other icons of folk music, the imbibing of wine and sharing of songs. There are entries for reviews, interviews and some stories of day-to-day experiences that are infused with humor.
There are entries for reviews, interviews and someA  stories of day-to-day experiences that are infused with humor. On the database page, after the column on the left with the artists' names and the scoring column, was a column for adding comments to share with the other judges.
Ultimately, however, the other judges found others more worthy and Tripping Lily wound up as an alternate, barely missing a chance to play in the formals.
At the tricentric showcase, I made sure to get a front-row seat in order to get photographs. Demetrius Becrelis (the serious one), his brother Alex, and Monica Rizzio, backed by Laird Boles, were weaving their singular magic. I hoped that enough people would see this blazing vortex of talent to ensure that their conference appearances (guerrilla showcases included) would bring in many new performance dates and a sizeable career boost. When Demetrius was just an infant, his grandmother looked into his mouth and, noting the shape of its interior, said, a€?Hea€™s going to be a good singer.a€? How right she was.
Never wanting to be without his guitar, he brought it to school every day and played it every chance he got. She was new in town and Demetrius offered to help her learn about clubs and songwriter circles.
Demetrius and Monica became a duo during her time at Belmont and they played around Nashville. Hea€™d drum on everything, thumping on a table with his bare hands if there was nothing else available.
At the University of Virginia, where he attended college, he majored in International Relations and minored in teaching. Monica wanted a new violin and, after doing some research, came up with Martin Brunkalla a violin-maker in Chicago. People would ask them what type of music they were playing, so they could describe it to their friends. Alex describes the genetic edge the band enjoys: a€?When youa€™re working on original material, it can be difficult to get what you want from an accompanist, especially rhythmically.


She was new in town and DemetriusA  offered to help her learn about clubs and songwriter circles. Our office resources and policies provide for an innovative, supportive and progressive working environment, while the opportunity to travel throughout the US consistently refreshes one's attitude and perspective. In his late teens, Chris began to read more about Woody Guthrie and take a deeper interest the music of Woody, Pete Seeger and traditional folk. Chris made sure to take his notebook and his memory of events was till fresh enough in the late 90's to build evocative scenes and crisp dialogue. Chris spent the next few years traveling around the country singing in coffeehouses and clubs. The one about editing a book about chefs, then taking a trip to a restaurant in California is sidesplitting (figuratively, and for Chris, almost literally).
Chris madeA  sure to take his notebook and his memory of events was till fresh enough in the late 90's to build evocative scenes and crisp dialogue. One of the very few Ia€™d written a comment for was Tripping Lily (theya€™d gotten perfect score of 10 from me). They were a shoo-in, though, to play in one of the semi-formal, or a€?Tricentrica€? showcases. Before the first song, I noticed that the demeanor of one of the two male lead singers was deadly serious.
The nearest comparison to anything heard before would be Nickel Creek or Chris Thilea€™s solo work.
He watched Demetrius play guitar most of his life and also took in all the music that Demetrius was listening to. She finished her 3-year stint at Belmont and, missing the East coast scene, went to back to New York. He set up his own homemade set in the living room and would beat rhythms out with pots, pans, kettles and a basting brush.
His chorus director, also an art teacher, played cello.The teacher would demonstrate the structure of music by playing cello and by having students listen to recordings.
Alex was doing the singing and Demetrius could hear that he was adding something new to the music. She ordered a violin and when it arrived, ita€™s voicing was a€?differenta€? somehow and fit the groupa€™s music perfectly.
Demetrius had met him long ago when he was a long-haired, 15-year-old heavy metal musician working in a restaurant kitchen where Laird was playing in a jazz duo with a pianist.
Will you come and play with the group?a€? It took Laird a minute to recognize, in the close-cropped musician facing him, the long-haired youngster hea€™d met only once around 14 years ago. Monica, Alex, Demetrius and Laird moved to a private room to see what theya€™d sound like together. This sparked a surge of songs written for ukulele accompaniment in just over a montha€™s time. Our eclectic, collaborative team is composed of architectural graduates, graphic designers and fine artists. An intensified interest in acoustic music was sparked by hearing James Taylor, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Bob Dylan and the band America. First, he said, "Make sure you bring a notebook And your guitar if you can, but if you can't, take your notebook. His sharp-witted humor came across in his performances and would serve him well in the career to come.
But sure, that was him, Stephen Foster all shacked up at 601 Bloomfield in the cold year of our Lord 1854. I bring this up because it's not an easy thing to do and many writers seem clumsy in that area. Less auspicious, the rooms are smaller than the formal showcase theater and compete simultaneously with two other nearby rooms also presenting artists.
He was physically wiry a€” whippet-like, and his face looked like that of a soldier readying himself for battle.
A heady mix of bluegrass, old-timey and pop music poured from Dimitrius on guitar and ukulele, Alex on mandolin, Monica on violin and ukulele and Laird on upright bass. He learned songs from CDs using a call and response method, singing lines back, immediately after they played. Entranced and drawn to it out of all the other sounds, he went in, took out his camera, and made a video of her performance. He became fascinated with mandolin after hearing Chris Thile play the opening to the ethereal song a€?Sweet Afton.a€? He went to the Gibson factory and watched them build acoustic instruments, specifically mandolins, for hours and finally had to buy one.
His parents finally bought him an abandoned trap set from a cousin and sent Laird and his drums to the basement. As a teenager, an uncle had interested him in this genre, playing records by artists such as Errol Garner, Thelonius Monk, Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck.
Demetrius realized they needed more vocals and that something special might be possible so he persuaded Monica to come up from New York and join him and Alex.
Typically bold, he and another band member walked out of the kitchen and asked to jam with Laird and the piano player. A listener, prodded to respond to his own question about style, said, a€?It seems like youa€™re tripping over styles. Laird liked her a lot and although he wanted to continue with lessons, he couldna€™t find a teacher he liked afterward.
As a teenager, an uncle had interested him in this genre, playing records by artists such asA  Errol Garner, Thelonius Monk, Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck. Bill Moore and Associates has been in the retail sign and design business for over 35 years. He married his high-school sweetheart and his first daughter, Kristina, was born the day before he graduated high school.
Second, when you pull the pin, don't forget to throw the grenade!" Chris found both pieces of advice very useful. When the first notes were struck and the harmony began rolling from the mouths of all three lead vocalists, the effect was totally opposite of that first visual impression.
In mid-December, from NYC, I called up to Cape Cod where they live, for their respective stories. Fox plays a chord on an electric guitar and gets blown off his feet by a shock wave from an exploding amplifier. When he learned guitar, he used the same method, playing the melody notes as each song played.


Then, at around 17 or 18, he decided to take a different path, away from the music and bands he played rock n roll with. Pushing past Martina€™s protests that he only made violins, Demetrius persuaded him to make a mandolin using the same wood as Monicaa€™s violin to achieve a similar sound. You start in one, then change to another.a€? The band combined that definition with the lily that was inlaid in mother-of-pearl on the headstock of all their Brunkalla instruments and they had their name. When Chris heard this, he didn't believe it at first, thinking that way of life had ended around 1942.
Some of the songs played in that circle would go on to be included in the recordings of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine, founded by Hardy. And Mr Marconi, ladies and gentlemen, with his transmitters and wireless signals You might ask where would Francis Albert be without Mr. After a year of this -- around 9 years old -- he decided to sing along with the guitar, so it was time to learn about chords. A James Taylor Greatest Hits album provided an introduction for the changeover to acoustic music. They talked after the show and found that they had both arrived there the same week and were both from up North, each missing family and friends. Music as a major interest didna€™t really hit until he began playing an acoustic guitar that Demetrius had left behind.
During this time she played flute and a€?a little bit of piano.a€? She got a scholarship to study music at Adelphi University in New York. He suggested that Laird take over at bass.Believing that his experience as a bass singer was good preparation, Laird agreed to do it.
Laird states that, thanks to the collaborating jazz musicians, he spent 11 years a€?learning the American Songbook.a€? At another point, while at a jazz gig in a restaurant accompanying a pianist, he met Dimitri (more on this shortly). I thought it was worth trying to stack their vocals.a€? The three started performing material from Demetrius a€?s and Monicaa€™s co-writing in Nashville.
Afterward, Demetrius wished that he could play with Laird, but knew we wasna€™t ready at that point.
One in particular, The Mid Atlantic Ukulele Festival, asked them to come down as headliners. Today, Skip and Alastair lead an organization that combines talent from the fields of graphic design, architecture and the sign industry.
Along with Jack, Chris was hanging out with Frank Tedesso, David Massengill, Richard Shindell, Richard Julian and Hugh Blumenfeld.
He also played guitar and sang around the local circuit.A  Although he would realize later, that a number of elements in his life were leading up to the next chapter in his life, there was one catalyst that sealed the deal. He moved around Nashville, expanding his circle of contacts and influences and catching Mindya€™s shows often. He played steadily all through high school, having by then become a huge fan of country music. She studied there for two years and then decided that she needed something a bit different than what was offered at Adelphi. Monica stopped playing guitar at that point and focussed more on writing parts for the violin that shea€™d play. When all the instruments and voices kicked in, Demetrius was so thrilled to hear the sound hea€™d been imagining for so long become a reality, that he was swept up in it, carried along to the end.
They quickly recorded a CD in their own living room and called it UkuLily.a€? As of today, it has completely sold out and is only available as a download. Wea€™re not related to Laird or Monica, but we have the same connection to them musically that we have to each other. Figuring out that a note two positions lower than the melody note was in harmony, he formed chords.
He suddenly viewed reverb pedals, overdrive pedals, amplifiers, volume knobs and anything else digital as superfluous and wanted things to be completely analog.
She moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University (2000-2003) and completed her studies for graduation there. When it was over, Monica said, a€? Demetriusa€¦ you sang!a€? A mental block had somehow lifted.
Bauman began regularly attending Hardy's weekly workshops at age 19 and continued coming into the city for Jack's song circle for almost 3 years. Never looking at a chord diagram, he built chords until they were three and four notes in structure.
He dug out the acoustic guitar and began listening to things more deeply, both for lyrics and the craft of singing. When Demetrius came back from Nashville for a visit, and brought a mandolin, Alex was 16-17 years old.
An ensuing interest in vocal excellence and a wholesome-ness of content led to an immersion in pop-tinged country. Demetrius, perceiving that his guitar was now the only instrument out of sync, then boldly persuaded Martin to make a guitar for him using similar woods as the other two instruments, looking, sonically, for another perfect fit. Observing that music could be personal, something you could write yourself and tell your own story in ita€¦ that's when it all clicked. Demetrius got gigs in restaurants singing covers by artists like Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Randy Travis. By the time Demetrius moved back for good, Alex was ready for some serious collaborating with his brother. California and has ordered her own Tenor Freedom Top Brunkalla Ukulele that should arrive sometime this year. Not only did Laird then grasp the nature of bluegrass; he also joined the band as its bass player. After a couple of years, feeling isolated in his musical choices, heA  decided to relocate. A big turning point came when he heard Alison Kraussa€™s award-winning first album with Union Station.
He read the list of Nashville musicians in the liner notes and it pointed the way to Tennessee.



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