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Mel Bay publishes my cello books. Click here to see and purchase them.

For my string orchestra arrangements, String Letter Publishing publishes Tangerine Blue and Strawberry Ice (Blues Rock Originals for Beginning String Orchestra), Besame Mucho and Song for My Father (Latin Jazz Songs for String Quintet), Lamentation for James Moray of Abercarney and Tonight My Sleep Will be Restless (Scottish Tunes for Beginning String Orchestra)Winter Fest and Nuts, Crackers, Sweet (Holiday Songs for Beginning String Orchestra - with tunes from Vivaldi's Winter Concerto and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite - reinterpreted with some rock and roll and a fiddle tune or two), Silent Night and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Christmas Songs for String Quartet), Amazing Grace and Simple Gifts (Folk Hymns for Beginning String Orchestra) and Highland/Etling String Alternatives publishes Midnight on the Water (Texas Waltz - level 1.5), Outbound Express (level 3) and Summer Choro (Latin style Brazilian choro level 3). Choose a highlighted publisher to view and purchase - or order from your favorite music store.

Order "The Fiddling Cellist" from Mel Bay

The Fiddling Cellist
A comprehensive resource to prepare intermediate and advanced cello students to play fiddle music.

Eighteen fiddle tunes with chords in styles found in typical fiddle jam sessions - Celtic, Old Time and Bluegrass. Each tune arranged for two or three cellos and accompanied by short studies teaching idiomatic bass lines and back-up harmony as well as improvisational soloing over the chord changes.

Companion CD includes all examples with guitar accompaniment. 80 pages.

Mel Bay Publications, 20591 BCD $19.95

Order "Celtic Grooves" from Mel bay

Celtic Grooves for Two Cellos, 47 Irish and Scottish Tunes

“...one of the best organized and user—friendly publications of Irish fiddling music...

Journal of the American String Teacher

A book of traditional Celtic tunes arranged for cellos with rockin' groove and chop-based accompaniments.

Includes forty-seven tunes from Ireland, Scotland, the Shetland Isles, and Canada in duet arrangements, all chosen with cellists in mind and in a variety of styles including jigs, slip jigs, reels, strathspeys, planxtys and airs in traditional keys.

Performing in the groove is so important for string players that the American String Teachers Association recognizes this skill as a separate category in their Eclectic String Style Awards. Playing these idiomatic and often syncopated accompanimental patterns is a great way to learn these styles.

Companion CD includes all arrangements performed by the author. 64 pages.

Mel Bay Publications, 21017 BCD $14.95

A Slice of Summer
 
 
 
featuring these amazing musicians:
Darol Anger, violin
Renata Bratt, cello
John R. Burr, piano
Chojo Jacques, mandolin
Rich Kuhns, accordion
Jim Lewin, guitar
Jason Lewis, drums
Brian Rice, pandeiro and percussion
Dan Robbins, bass
Scott Sorkin, guitar
Kenny Stahl, flute
Gordon Stevens, bass
Kristen Strom, saxes

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Eclectic American instrumentals by Renata Bratt, featuring the varied and gorgeous sounds of the cello ranging from Brazilian, jazz, rock and newgrass, through the soaring sounds of a dreamscape orchestra of mandolins and saxophones.

Order "jazz trio 2006" at CDBaby

Jazz Trio 2006
 
“The sound of this trio takes
me to a place far beyond considerations of strings, jazz, repertoire. We are gently made aware of a great flow of music and the tragic beauty of the world.”Darol Anger
 
Click here to go to my tiny part of the CD selling juggernaut that is CDBaby where you will find the Bratt/Ligon/Norgaard Jazz trio 2006 CD. Purchasing is easy and secure.
 
Jazz Trio 2006, composed of cellist Renata Bratt, violinist Martin Norgaard, and pianist Bert Ligon, began performing together at the South Carolina Suzuki Institute in Greenville.
 
Renata Bratt is one of the new crop of improvising cellists and a nationally recognized clinician with two books published by Mel Bay. She was dubbed an “ace player” in Rolling Stone for her work with alternative rocker Cindy Lee Berryhill.
 
Bert Ligon is director of jazz studies at the University of South Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Music and his Master of Music in jazz piano performance and arranging from the University of North Texas and writes beautiful jazz arrangements for strings available through Alfred Publications.
 
Violinist Martin Norgaard is the author of the groundbreaking method books Jazz Fiddle Wizard and Jazz Fiddle/Viola/Cello Wizard Jr. for Mel Bay Publications. He is currently a Doctoral Fellow in Music Education with a jazz emphasis at The University of Texas at Austin.

Order "Great Big Taters" at CDBaby

Great Big Taters
 
Corbin Keep writes in Cello City Ink, the newsletter of the New Directions Cello Association, “No potato famine here, it's all feast.” You can read the entire review here.
 
CDBaby carries my Great Big Taters CD. Click here to go to my little corner of their massive media empire. Purchasing is easy and secure.
 
Great Big Taters: Fiddle Tunes for cellos and guitar
Grooving, gorgeous and funky cellos play newgrass, bluegrass and Celtic tunes with guitar accompaniment.
 
I am proud to have recorded these tunes with the two finest fiddling cellists in the world today – Rushad Eggleston and Natalie Haas.
 
We recorded at Open Path Music, a great studio in San Jose, California. Scott Sorkin engineered and helped produce - great work Scott!
 
Delight in the low lonesome sound of cellos playing authentic fiddle tunes – rowdy, stately, rhythmic and unbelivably beautiful.
 
Renata Bratt with Natalie Haas, Rushad Eggleston and Kristina Forester, cellos
Jim Lewin, guitar
 
Here is the track list:
1. Elzic’s Farewell (USA)
Renata, Rushad Eggleston, cellos, Jim Lewin, guitar 
 
2. Star of the County Down (Irish)
Renata, Natalie Haas, cellos; Jim Lewin, guitar
 
3. Cripple Creek (USA)
Renata, Rushad Eggleston, cellos; Jim Lewin, guitar
 
4. Shebeg Shemor (Irish)
Renata, Natalie Haas, Kristina Forester, cellos
 
5. The Long Bow (Liz Carroll)/ The Road to Lisdoonvarna (Irish)
Renata, Natalie Haas, Kristina Forester, cellos. Jim Lewin, guitar
 
6. Great Big Taters (USA)
Renata, cello, Jim Lewin, guitar
 
7. Lament for the First Generation (Liz Carroll)
Renata, Natalie Haas cellos, Jim Lewin, guitar
 
8. The Girl That Broke My Heart (Irish)/Marie Dips the Bread (Canadian)
Renata, Rushad Eggleston, cellos, Jim Lewin guitar 
 
9. Down in the Willow Garden (USA)
Renata, Natalie Haas, cellos; Jim Lewin, guitar
 
10. Saint Anne’s Reel (Canadian)/Miss Mary MacDonald (Scottish – Laura Risk’s version)
Renata, Natalie Haas, cellos; Jim Lewin, guitar

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Paul Zarzyski—Rock ‘n’ Rowel

Poet Paul Zarzyski met Open Path Music producer Gordon Stevens at the National Cowboy Poet Gathering in Elko, Nevada a few years ago. They decided to work on setting some of Paul's poetry and lyrics to music. Paul had heard my CD Great Big Taters so we did a number together using his poem “Potatoes” and the tunes Taters, Blackberry Blossom and a third mystery tune. It ended up as one of the tracks on this CD.

 

You can read more about this December 2006 release and its companion Collisions of Reckless Love.

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Paul Zarzyski—Collisions of Reckless Love

The other new CD from the Paul Zarzyski/Open Path Music collaboration. I play on two tunes—Luck of the Draw and Black upon Tan—both lovely poems and settings, one by Tim Volpicella, the other by Gordon Stevens.