My fiddle teacher James Anderson’s tango/jazz band on tour in Boulder, Colorado. Complete with dancers. This is new, original music from their latest self-titled album, APQ—which stands for Austin Piazzolla Quintet. Which you can buy here. And keep up with them here and here.
The Waterloo Trio is my favorite semi-classical (well, Bjork to Beethoven) Austin ensemble, partly because the fiddler James Anderson (on the left) is my fiddle teacher. But they’re also just fun to listen to.
Other members are Jonathan Geer, at the piano, and Tony Rogers on cello. Their first CD (mostly composed by Jonathan) is worth buying (or at least playing the excerpts at the link to decide which one to buy) and they have a second one in the works.
All three of them also are part of James’s jazz ensemble the Austin Piazolla Quintet. And they are also freelance musicians, Jonathan composing themes for computer games and Tony and James acting as sidemen for various artists. If you like jazz, for instance listen to James’s beautiful violin lead on singer Suzi Stern’s “Tango for Tina.”
The computer game Neptune Gasoline never made it to production but that certainly wasn’t Jonathan Geer’s fault. My favorite Austin pianist/composer has done more than a few game soundtracks (thirteen so far) and Neptune Gasoline was one of his better efforts.
Fortunately, even if the game cratered, the music still is available in MP3 format at pennies a pop. My favorite there is A Thousand Light Years at 3:32 for a mere 89 cents, or more if you want to be generous and help out a talented guy who has the proverbial bright future ahead of him, shades and all.
Or try Eye of The Pond at 2:02, from Jonny’s soundtrack for Sparkle 2, an arcade puzzle game that is apparently pretty popular.
And don’t miss JG’s score for the PC adventure game OwlBoy, when it becomes available. No MP3s for sale yet, but you can preview the main theme of the really cool music here on YouTube.
My fiddle teacher, James Anderson’s, new album, which you should listen to, track by track, and then buy the whole thing. Yes! Do it. Now. Heh.