DREAM WITHIN A DREAM
Dream Within a Dream is an orchestral, rhythmic, and emotional experience. Diverging from the celtic-blues fusion of her first three releases, “Dream Within a Dream” explores world groove, ambient, blues, and experimental genres. It is an ambient, spacious, symphonic experience that takes the listener into a relaxing, introspective, and inspired place.
“Dream Within a Dream” takes an exciting new direction in my sound with the addition of cool down-tempo beats, ambient textures, and field recordings from around the world. The connecting threads are the voices of my violins, both acoustic and electric, as well as the remarkable sounds of Canadian percussionist Lauri Lyster.
The title track, “Dream Within a Dream,” is based on the poem by Edgar Allen Poe – and speaks to the dreamlike quality our lives can possess. The album also reflects on my experience as the wife of a Navy pilot with songs like “Flyboy Lullaby,” “Miss U,” and “Seven Months.”
The Journey features Anna Schaad’s renowned violin voice with heart wrenching emotion. A blending of classical, Celtic and world influence, “The Journey” reflects Schaad’s innovative eclectic style. Her classically sophisticated melodies ripe with raspy blues riffs, rocking lead solos and Celtic yarns come alive in this Neo-classical pop album.
“The Journey” draws upon Schaad’s extensive talents as a composer and classically trained violinist, coupled with her unquenchable passion for diverse musical styles from around the world.
A beautifully illustrated 20 page booklet comes with each CD. The booklet written in Schaad’s fluent prose, gives the listener a deeper understanding of the concepts and imagery inherent in the music.
Anna Schaad and David MacVittie
Songspell, a CD of original instrumental music described as “Celtic-Blues Fusion”, builds upon Anna Schaad’s musical collaboration with David MacVittie on her 1998 release “The Raven Project”. With Schaad’s electric viola Wicked Grace, acoustic and electric fiddles, bodhran, and MacVittie’s bouzouki, electric and acoustic guitars, slide guitar, flutes and harmonica, “Songspell” lays out a series of lively tunes which keep listeners tapping their toes… maybe even dancing a jig.
Combining Scottish, Celtic, African and American Blues and Bluegrass influences is the driving idea behind Songspell. The CD opens with the title track, a piece Schaad composed to showcase the talents of Scottish snare drummer J. Reid Maxwell, lead tip of the World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. Also featured on the album are piping compositions penned and performed by 25-year-old Adam Quinn. Adam’s original works were featured at the SFU Pipe Band’s critically acclaimed concert at Carnegie Hall last year. Also brought into play are the African rhythms of Dido Morris, a Canadian drummer who has recorded with Dr. John and Bruce Cockburn.
“Anna Schaad and David MacVittie put on a stunning production…one of the most impressive local musical events ever staged at The Mount Baker Theater. MacVittie’s soulful slide guitar work was outstanding ans provides the perfect counterpoint for Anna’s electric viola.. and impressive display of musical showmanship.” — The Every Other Weekly (June, 1999)
THE RAVEN PROJECT
The Raven Project, Anna Schaad’s 1998 solo debut CD, consists of her original compositions as well as joint works with multi-instrumentalist David MacVittie. The project was designed to showcase her electric viola, “Wicked Grace”. (Custom-built in 1996 by Steven Smith, “Wicked Grace” features a carved ebony raven’s head in place of the traditional scroll.) The Raven Project combines this unique instrument with bouzouki, slide guitar, saxophone, African drums and Hightland bagpipes.
Showcased on the BBC’s “Archie Fisher’s Traveling Folk” radio show, The Raven Project was featured on an American/Celtic special broadcast on Thanksgiving, 1998, across Scotland, Ireland, and Northern England. Additionally, selections from The Raven Project have been played on Robin Rilett’s “New Vistas in Music” and Dan Maher’s popular Saturday program “Inland Folk” on NPR, and Fiana Ritchies’ “Thistle and Shamrock”.
“After receiving many requests and inquiries, and tracking strong local sales, we realized that we had a local hit on our hands. When you play Anna’s music you will find the audience intrigued by and ultimately captivated by the music on The Raven Project.”
— Jon Eliot, KISM Music Director, November, 1998
“Ms. Schaad’s solo fiddle on “Maria” tells of masterly technique, traditionalism and classical influence. Following, “Wah Special” yields a bit of everything that is further: bluesy electric guitar, African drumming and Schaad’s electric viola. When typically disparate sounds are interlaced with care, the result is intriguing patois.”
— VICTORY MUSIC REVIEW, March, 1999
“I am a big fan of classical music and rock-n-roll. I’m either listening to Mozart or Van Halen. To me, your music combines the two. It’s fabulous!”
— Barbara Tesnow, Sturgeon Bay, WI, March, 1999
“Schaad can make her Raven-headed axe scream and wail like Jimi Hendrix’ stratocaster… or produce the hypnotic otherworldly sound of a more traditional violin/viola.”
— THE BELLINGHAM HERALD (June 1998)
“The Raven Project” has proven to be a resounding regional success, winning a prized spot on Cellophane Square’s NW top 10 charts (Bellingham, Seattle, Bellevue) and receiving heavy airplay on KISM 92.9FM as one of the year’s most popular “Locals Only” picks.
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