2017

In music as with any field, you have your ups and downs… and then sometimes there are just those experiences that leave you totally inspired and reinvigorated. This tour was one such adventure for me.

I am a little late to cheer in the new year… after all we just celebrated Valentine’s Day!  An IMPORTANT one for folks in the wedding industry!  Did you have a good holiday?

In December I had the privilege of touring with the Celtic Trio for the 8th consecutive season.  This year we were joined by the talented Seattle based multi-instrumentalist, Eric Miller.

In music as with any field, you have your ups and downs… and then sometimes there are just those experiences that leave you totally inspired and reinvigorated.  This tour was one such adventure for me.

This crew is working on a new album and I just got back from Camano Island where I spent two days working on string parts to blend with flutes, whistles, vocals, all kinds of keyboard goodness and more.  It was a TRUE blessing as it is any time I get to create music with good people who are passionate about their craft.

Thanks for your continued interest in my musical journey and I hope that you find something here of interest whether it is inspiration for your wedding music or encouragement to another violinist looking for ways to channel creative energy.

Welcome and I hope to keep in touch a little better this year.

Celtic Trio 2017 Corvallis Concert

 

Effesenden Music Updated Repertoire

I was so busy arranging music this summer that I didn’t have a chance to upload a list of our current offerings.  As you can see we have quite a few updates to our Rock, Pop, World Music, Movie Themes and Jazz Sections.  The first section is our offerings for string trio and quartet (2 Violins & Cello or Violins, Viola & Cello).  I did not list the classical repertoire of our string trio and quartet because we can basically perform any classical selection you are looking for.  For a list of suggestions, please contact us directly.  The second section is for our Acoustic Ensembles (Strings in combination with rhythm instrument~ either piano or guitar.)  If you would like access to our entire repertoire, consider a combination ensemble such as string trio with guitar or string quartet with piano!

CLASSICAL QUARTET PLAYING ROCK & POP

  1. All My Life (KC & Jo Jo)
  2. All You Need is Love (Beatles)
  3. Are You Gonna Be My Girl? (Jet)
  4. Augusta (Theme song from PGA Masters)
  5. Back in Black (AC/DC)
  6. Beautiful Day (U2)
  7. Big Me (Foo Fighters)
  8. Bittersweet Symphony (Verve Pipe)
  9. Blitzkrieg Bop (The Ramones)
  10. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
  11. The Book of Love (Peter Gabriel)
  12. Breathe Me (Sia)
  13. California Dreamin’ (the Mamas and the Papas)
  14. Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You (Frankie Valli)
  15. Carolina on My Mind (James Taylor)
  16. Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol)
  17. Clocks (Coldplay)
  18. Con Te Partiro (Time to Say Goodbye) (Pavaratti)
  19. Digital Love (Daft Punk)
  20. Don’t Stop Believing (Journey)
  21. Dust in the Wind (Kansas)
  22. Every Day is Like Sunday (Morrissey)
  23. Everlong (Foo Fighters)
  24. Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead)
  25. Flashing Lights (Kanye West)
  26. From This Moment (Shania Twain)
  27. Dust in the Wind (Kansas)
  28. Everlong (Foo Fighters)
  29. Every Day is Like Sunday (Morrissey)
  30. Gone Gone Gone (Philip Phillips)
  31. Good Life (Kanye West)
  32. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John)
  33. Gypsy (Fleetwood Mac)
  34. Hallelujah (Leonard Kohn)
  35. Harder Better Faster Stronger (Daft Punk)
  36. Here Comes Your Man (The Pixies)
  37. Here There & Everywhere (Beatles)
  38. Hey Ya (Outkast)
  39. How It Ends (Devotchka)
  40. I Want to Rock & Roll All Night (KISS)
  41. If I Fell (Beatles)
  42. I’ll Stand By You (Carrie Underwood)
  43. In My Life (Beatles)
  44. Just Like Heaven (the Cure)
  45. Just the Way You Are (Bruno Mars)
  46. Karma Chameleon (Culture Club)
  47. Kids (MGMT)
  48. Linus & Lucy (Peanuts)
  49. LIve Forever (Oasis)
  50. Love Song (the Cure)
  51. Love Story (Taylor Swift)
  52. Lovers in Japan (Coldplay)
  53. Marching Bands of Manhattan (Death Cab)
  54. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (Elton John)
  55. Moon River (Henry Mancini)
  56. My Girl (Temptations/Michael Jackson)
  57. Nobody Does it Better (Carly Simon)
  58. One More Time (Daft Punk)
  59. One & Only (Adele)
  60. Pretty Flowers (Dolly Parton & Steve Martin)
  61. Rocket Man (Elton John)
  62. Roxanne (the Police)
  63. Say Yes (Elliott Smith)
  64. Sex on Fire (Kings of Leon)
  65. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) Beyonce
  66. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
  67. Someone Great (LCD Soundsystem)
  68. Something (Beatles)
  69. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  70. Starlight (Muse)
  71. Staralfur (Sigor Ros)
  72. Such Great Heights (the Postal Service)
  73. Sugar We’re Goin’ Down (Fallout Boy)
  74. Sugaree (Grateful Dead)
  75. Sunday Bloody Sunday (U2)
  76. Sweetest Taboo (Sade)
  77. Thank You (Dido)
  78. The Book of Love (Peter Gabriel)
  79. The Rose (Bette Midler)
  80. Theme from Final Fantasy
  81. Time to Pretend (MGMT)
  82. Use Somebody (Kings of Leon)
  83. Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
  84. Watermark (Enya)
  85. Wedding Song (There is Love)
  86. Where the Streets Have No Name (U2)
  87. White Wedding (Billy Idol)
  88. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
  89. World at Large (Modest Mouse)
  90. You Make Lovin’ Fun (Fleetwood Mac)
  91. You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC)
  92. Your Love is King (Sade)
  93. Your Song (Elton John)

WORLD MUSIC, JAZZ, MOVIE THEMES

  1. At Last  (Etta James)
  2. Be Thou My Vision (Irish Hymn)
  3. Bicycle Built for Two
  4. Come What May (Moulan Rouge)
  5. Emma Theme (Emma)
  6. Heliotrope (Joplin)
  7. The Kiss  (Last of the Mohicans)
  8. La Vie En Rose (Edith Piaf)
  9. Let Me Call You Sweetheart
  10. Meant to Be (Timer)
  11. Now We Are Free (Gladiator)
  12. Pavane (Orlando)
  13. She (Knotting Hill)
  14. Shine on Harvest Moon
  15. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  16. Storybook Love (The Princess Bride)
  17. Tango Music: Csardas
  18. Tango Music:  Fandango in D Minor
  19. Tango Music:  Rhumba
  20. Tango Music:  Serenata in G
  21. Tango Music:  “Chromatique” in D Minor
  22. Wedding Processional (The Sound of Music)
  23. You Made Me Love You
  24. Your Song (Moulan Rouge)

****END OF CLASSICAL ENSEMBLE SECTION ****

ACOUSTIC ENSEMBLES PLAYING CLASSIC ROCK

  1. All You Need is Love (Beatles)
  2. And I Love Her (Beatles)
  3. The Book of Love (Peter Gabriel)
  4. Don’t Stop Believing (Journey…Glee)
  5. Here, There & Everywhere (Beatles)
  6. In My Life (Beatles)
  7. Jump Jive & Wail (Big Bad Voodoo Daddies)
  8. Have I Told You Lately
  9. How Sweet it is (James Taylor & Marvin Gaye)
  10. Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear (Elvis)
  11. The Longest Time (Billy Joel)
  12. Love is All Around (The Troggs)–from the movie Love Actually
  13. Moondance  (Van Morrison)
  14. Mustang Sally
  15. My Girl (Jackson Five)
  16. Take a Chance on Me (ABBA)
  17. This Time Tomorrow (the Kinks)
  18. Time After Time (Cindy Lauper)
  19. To Make You Feel My Love (Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Adelle)
  20. True Companion (Mark Kohn)
  21. Oh Darlin’ (Beatles)
  22. Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll
  23. Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison)
  24. Rock around the Clock
  25. So Happy Together
  26. Stand By Me
  27. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
  28. With a Little Help From My Friends (the Beatles)
  29. Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton)
  30. You Are the Sunshine of My Life (Stevie Wonder)
  31. You’re My Best Friend (Queen)
  32. Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)

FOLK & ACOUSTIC

  1. 3×5 (John Mayer)
  2. Babylon (David Gray)
  3. Better Together (Jack Johnson)
  4. The Blower’s Daughter (Damien Rice)
  5. Breathe Me (Sia)
  6. Come on Get Higher (Matt Nathanson)
  7. Copperline (James Taylor)
  8. Dance Me to the End of Love (The Civil Wars)
  9. Daughters (John Mayer)
  10. Divine Romance (Phil Wickham)
  11. Everlong (Foo Fighters)
  12. Fields of Gold (Sting)
  13. For Baby For Bobbie (John Denver)
  14. Hey There Delilah (Plain White T’s)
  15. Lullaby (Billy Joel)
  16. More Than Life
  17. Out of the Woods (Nickel Creek)
  18. Walking After You (Foo Fighters)
  19. When You Say Nothing at All (Alison Krauss)
  20. You’re Beautiful (James Blunt)

POP & ROCK

  1. Accidentally in Love (Counting Crows)
  2. Beautiful Day (U2)
  3. Bittersweet Symphony (Verve Pipe)
  4. Brighter than Sunshine (Aqualung—from A Lot Like Love)
  5. Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol)
  6. Clocks (Coldplay)
  7. Ice Cream (Sarah Maclachlan)
  8. Life in Technicolor (Coldplay)
  9. Lover Lay Down (Dave Matthews Band)
  10. Love of My Life (Dave Matthews Band/Santana)
  11. Lovers in Japan (Coldplay)
  12. One (U2)
  13. The Scientist (Coldplay)
  14. Up and Away (Dave Matthews Band)
  15. Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
  16. Wonderwall (Oasis & Ryan Adams)

Country

  1. Bless the Broken Road (Rascal Flatts)
  2. Cowboy Take Me Away (Dixie Chicks)
  3. Easy Silence (Dixie Chicks)
  4. I Walk the Line (Johnny Cash)
  5. Love Song (Taylor Swift)
  6. Lullaby (Dixie Chicks)
  7. Making Memories of Us (Keith Urban)

Bluegrass/Celtic/Scottish Fiddle

  1. 1B
  2. After the Battle of Aughrim
  3. Ashokan Farwell (from Ken Burns documentary on Civil War)
  4. The Atholl Highlanders/Johnnie Cope
  5. Banish Misfortune
  6. Be Thou My Vision
  7. Big Country
  8. Blacksmith
  9. Bonaparte Crossing the Rockies
  10. The Bricklayer’s Beautiful Daughter
  11. Butterfly’s Day Out
  12. Caldedonia
  13. Charlie is My Darling
  14. Da White Wife
  15. Devil’s Dream
  16. The Geese in the Bog/Jig of Slurs
  17. Irish Medley
  18. Lover’s Waltz (from the movie Legends of the Fall)
  19. Midnight on the Water
  20. My Love is Like a Red Red Rose
  21. Red River Valley
  22. Second Time Around
  23. Short Trip Home
  24. Sliding Down
  25. Star of the County Down
  26. Vagabond Waltz
  27. Wedding Jig
  28. Wedding Song

SACRED

  1. 1.     All Creatures of Our God and King
  2. 2.     Amazing Grace
  3. 3.     Ave Maria
  4. 4.     Be Thou My Vision
  5. 5.     Brethren We Have Met to Worship
  6. 6.     Come Thou Fount
  7. 7.     Divine Romance (Phil Wickham)
  8. 8.     For the Beauty of the Earth
  9. 9.     Here I Am Lord
  10. 10.   Here I Am to Worship
  11. 11.   Holy Holy Holy
  12. 12.   Holy is the Lord
  13. 13.   How Can I Repay
  14. 14.   How Deep the Father’s Love For Us
  15. 15.   How Great is Our God
  16. 16.   I Have Loved You
  17. 17.   I Will Be Here
  18. 18.   I’ll Fly Away
  19. 19.   Joyful Joyful
  20. 20.   The Lord’s Prayer
  21. 21.   The Time is Now (Phil Wickham)
  22. 22.   Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)
  23. 23.   On Eagle’s Wings
  24. 24.   Prayer of St. Francis
  25. 25.   Psalm 128 O Blessed Are Those
  26. 26.   Psalm 145 The Lord is Compassionate
  27. 27.   Servant Song
  28. 28.   You Are Mine
  29. 29.   Your Love is Extravagant

CASABLANCA/FRANK SINATRA/CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD

  1. A Kiss to Build a Dream On
  2. All of You
  3. As Time Goes By
  4. At Last
  5. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
  6. But Beautiful
  7. Cheek to Cheek
  8. Come Fly With Me
  9. Days of Wine and Roses
  10. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  11. Dream a Little Dream
  12. East of the Sun
  13. Embraceable You
  14. Fascination
  15. Fly Me to the Moon
  16. How High the Moon
  17. I’ve Got the World on a String
  18. If I Were a Bell
  19. In a Sentimental Mood
  20. It Don’t Mean a Thing
  21. It Had to Be You
  22. Moon River
  23. My Baby Just Cares for Me
  24. My Favorite Things
  25. My Funny Valentine
  26. My One and Only Love
  27. My Romance
  28. Night and Day
  29. Night in Tunisia
  30. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  31. One Fine Day
  32. Our Love is Here to Stay
  33. Round Midnight
  34. So This is Love
  35. Some Enchanted Evening
  36. Someday My Prince Will Come
  37. Someone to Watch Over Me
  38. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  39. Summertime
  40. Take Five
  41. The Best is Yet to Come
  42. The Way You Look Tonight
  43. Unforgettable
  44. What a Diff’rence a Day Made
  45. What a Wonderful World
  46. When I Fall In Love
  47. Where or When
  48. You are So Beautiful

ADULT CONTEMPORARY

  1. Angel Eyes (Jim Brickman)
  2. Come Away With Me (Norah Jones)
  3. Don’t Know Why (Norah Jones)
  4. I Will Be Here (Steven Curtis Chapman)
  5. The Love of My Life (Jim Brickman/ Michael W. Smith)
  6. Over the Rainbow
  7. Over the Valley (Pink Martini)
  8. The Prayer (Josh Groban)
  9. Time to Say Goodbye/Con Te Partiro (Andrea Bocelli)
  10. Unchained Melody
  11. Valentine (Martina McBride)
  12. You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban)
  13. Your Song (Elton John)

WORLD/ INTERNATIONAL VIBE/ JAZZ VIOLIN

  1. All Blues (Miles Davis)
  2. Autumn Leaves (Stephane Grapelli)
  3. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
  4. Besame Mucho
  5. Black Orpheus
  6. Caravan
  7. Chan Chan (Buena Vista Social Club)
  8. Charade
  9. Cinama Paradiso (Ennio Marracone)
  10. Corcovado (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
  11. Girl From Ipanema (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
  12. It Don’t Mean a Thing
  13. Kiss Waltz (Johann Strauss)
  14. La Vie en Rose (Edith Piaf)
  15. Lakme (Flower Duet) (Delibes)
  16. Misty
  17. Moon River
  18. Nature Boy
  19. Night & Day
  20. Nuages
  21. Pavane (Faure)
  22. Pavane (Ravel)
  23. Summertime

MOVIE THEMES

  1. A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes (Cinderella)
  2. All I Ask of You (Phantom of the Opera)
  3. Brighter than Sunshine (A Lot Like Love)
  4. Cavatina (the Dqeer Hunter)
  5. Come What May (Moulin Rouge)
  6. The Eternal Vow (Crouching Dragon Hidden Tiger)
  7. The Falls (The Mission)
  8. The Kiss (from the Last of the Mohicas)
  9. John Dunbar Theme (Dances with Wolves)
  10. The Kiss (Last of the Mohicans)
  11. Kisses and Cake (PS I Love You)
  12. Love is All Around (Love Actually)
  13. Lovers Waltz (Legends of the Fall)
  14. My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)
  15. Sunrise, Sunset (Fiddler on the Roof)
  16. Theme from the Naked Gun (The Naked Gun)
  17. Think of Me (Phantom of the Opera)
  18. When I Fall in Love (Sleepless in Seattle)
  19. When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio)
  20. Your Song (Moulin Rouge)

CLASSICAL

  1. Air on the G String (Bach)
  2. Airioso (Bach)
  3. Appalachian Spring—excerpts (Copeland)
  4. Aria (Handel)
  5. Aria from Xerxes (Handel)
  6. Ave Maria (Bach)
  7. Bach Cello Suite (only ensembles with cello)
  8. Bist du Bei Mir (Bach)
  9. Brandenburg Concertos No 3–First & Third Movements (Bach)
  10. Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (Wagner)
  11. Canon in D (Pachelbel)
  12. Claire de Lune (Debussy)
  13. Entrance of the Queen of Sheba (Handel
  14. Flower Duet from Lakme (Delibes)
  15. The Four Seasons Spring—Allegros 1 & 3 (Vivaldi)
  16. Hornpipe (Purcell)
  17. Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
  18. Liebestraum (Liszt)
  19. Meditation from Thais
  20. Minuet (Boccherini)
  21. Minuet in G (Beethoven)
  22. Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
  23. Pavane (Faure)
  24. Pavane (Ravel)
  25. Rondeau (Mauret)
  26. Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)
  27. Theme from Borodin String Quartet
  28. Theme from Jupiter from The Planets (Holst)
  29. Theme from New World Symphony (Dvorak)
  30. Theme from Ravel String Quartet
  31. Traumerie from Kindercenen Op 15 (Schumann)
  32. Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
  33. Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
  34. Wachet Auf (Bach)


Hymns in the Mix with Acoustic Violin and Guitar

I really do love learning so much new music.  In the past 9 years, I have arranged and played almost every style of music from Catholic masses to Kanye West to Old Crow Medicine Show!  Sometimes though it’s lovely to return to one’s roots.

Our July 31st bride and groom chose a violin and guitar duo and requested a number of hymns in the mix with other styles of music including Classical and Classic Rock.  Since my public playing of the violin really began as a child playing hymns in a small country church, the opportunity to revisit sacred music was so special.  Even better, I was joined again by guitarist Nate Macy who I began playing music with almost 15 years ago while we were in college.

Jordan and Janae’s ceremony was held at a venue that was new to me—the Riverview Restaurant’s Waterfall Estate.  The weather was perfect and our setup under the gazebo for ceremony and cocktail hour offered just enough protection from the breeze and sun.  After the cocktail hour, the guests moved inside for the dinner and reception.  Nate and I continued to play for another hour inside and then spent the rest of the evening facilitating the couple’s i-pod playlist on our sound system.

This was just a gorgeous wedding—the bride and groom are obviously well loved by their family and friends and there were a number of couples in the room approaching their 50th wedding anniversary!

Hope you enjoy listening to a few of the songs we played—please pardon some rumbling wind and the crows “singing” in the background toward the end of Amazing Grace.  Too bad it couldn’t have been a bird with a slightly more elegant voice!  I guess at least this way you won’t question whether this is really recorded live.

Come Thou Fount

Servant Song

Amazing Grace & Midnight

July 23rd Acoustic Irish Vineyard Wedding

Effesenden Acoustic Trio 
July 23rdwas a special wedding for Effesenden Music not only because the music was enjoyable to play.  It was also the first outdoor wedding of 2011 that did not involve substantial weather related contingency plans ranging from tents to entire ceremonies being moved to shelter.  As an avid backpacker this violinist tries to take it with humor when mother nature throws a curve ball like she did in the beginning of the summer… but one generally does prefer it when recreational outdoor survival skills do not have to be implemented in four inch heals.

 
Set on the veranda of a Tuscan themed home overlooking a vineyard, our Acoustic Trio included guitarist Nate Macy, upright bassist Nolan Staples and myself on violin.  The textures, energy and versatility of this trio is a fitting soundtrack for the color and topography of a vineyard landscape.  There is such a fusion of elegance and earthiness at a winery and I believe that the music should reflect that.

(Other Acoustic options Effesenden Music offers include cello, keyboard, 2nd fiddle, mandolin and percussion.)

The first live recording is our arrangement of “Simple Gifts” from the beautiful Classical American Ballet Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copeland.  This piece is a lovely crossover between Classical and Americana styles and is personally significant for me as an artist as it really draws together my own musical influences.

Appalachian Spring Theme

Before the ceremony as guests mingled sipping white wine and lemonade, the musical mood was a relaxing mix of classical with slower bluegrass ballads.  Ceremony selections were mostly Classical with an Americana tinge.  After the ceremony it was time to liven things up with fast Irish, Bluegrass and Old World Jazz.  The groom’s two-year old nephew Jack seemed to be a big fan, cheering on after anything with a pulsing beat such as this next sample, Wedding Jig– actually a medley of Celtic fiddle tunes that the bride’s parents fell in love with while on a trip to Ireland.  This joyful medley will definitely be staying in Effesenden’s playlist.

Wedding Jig

The second recording is an original fiddle piece I wrote this winter with the working title “Tokyo.”  It’s a lot of fun to play and is part of a larger project I have in the works… but that is a story for another blog entry.

Tokyo

The third recording is of one of the first Bluegrass fiddle tunes I learned to play—I love the quirky title and there are many memories attached—including an incident at the Chicago Hyatt when we did not realize that the jam session we were holding in our hotel room was not quite what our neighbor had in mind for his afternoon.

Bonaparte Crossing the Rockies

Basically, with Bonaparte, I like to start fast and repeat getting faster and faster until we sort of collapse from exhaustion.  Aside from that irritated hotel guest back in Chicago, people always seem to love hearing this song!

This final piece is that beloved jazz standard Summertime:  a really fun song that can be done so many different ways but always great ambient music… kind of suave and quite suitable for the cocktail hour vibe.

Summertime

This was definitely a wonderful wedding to contribute to and many congratulations to Megan and Sam!

Strings for Your Recording Project!

Why?
#1.  Just step away from that synthesizer… I’m saying this because I care!  Everything you stand for as a socially conscious, artistically sensitive singer songwriter is about to be compromised if you use fake strings.  They WILL be able to tell.

#2.  Using a musician with studio experience will save you money in the long run.  Time IS money and you are paying for it by the hour with your engineer and possibly your studio rental.  It’s a lot harder to “fix” problems with a live instrument than with midi and because of the way string players bow, you just need someone who can give you a good clean take—fast, pristine, in tune and artistic.

This is What We Like to See! Effesenden records

#3.   Go local!  You’re lovingly tending every step of this process.  Do you really want to have your string parts traveling through cyberspace from some dude in Nashville?  No you don’t!  You want to be there to tell that fiddler the story of your song and help her convey the message and if you need to make changes, you want someone who can accommodate you.

What?

In my mind, string sessions are either about a solo line, creating a string section sound or some combination of the two.  For solos, typically I come up with my own after you give me a general idea of what you’re looking for.  Having a scratch mp3 ahead of time that I can play around with at home will save time but I’m also happy to improvise.

For string section sounds, depending on your needs and your budget, I can either be multi-tracked to create the sound of an ensemble or better yet, I can assemble an additional violin, viola and cello to record together for the most rich, authentic sound option.

How?

In other words, is it really, really expensive?  I can work with you to find the best way to get the sound you want with the budget you have.

Recording for Alesana Summer 2009

 

Experience

I’ve worked on recording projects ranging from Sony ATV studios in Nashville to home studio setups.  Regardless of the level of bling in the studio, it is definitely important to have an engineer who knows how to record strings.  Tone is key and violins can really get pretty nasty if not handled properly.  Don’t be disheartened though—most engineers are going to love to use their chops and set that microphone up just right!

I can play both fiddle and violin (they are the same instrument, it’s just how you play them.)  A frequent scenario is to have me lay down string pads for certain sections of a song and then do a solo fiddle section at some other point.

I can also arrange strings parts so if you are looking for more of a string section sound, you definitely don’t need to worry about finding someone else to hire to write parts.  If you have an idea, but you’re not the nerdy musical notating kind of artist, you can even sing me your concept and I’ll write it out into string player language.

Some of the folks I’ve recorded for over the years:

Alesana
Adam Sweeney
Amy Seeley
Bethany Cibolski
Bryan Clark
Drew Grow
Five O’Clock People
George Fox University Chapel Band
Jeff Johnson
Jillyn Chang
Katie Harman
Kelly Jones
Laura Gibson
Laura Van Horn
Lori Willcuts
Mike Honholz
Nate Macy
Parkslope Church-Brooklyn
Reece Marshburne
Seth Martin
Sherri Youngward
Tasha Miller

I’ve been doing session work for almost 15 years.  I’m happy to send you additional samples and references too.  Contact me through my website at www.effesenden.com!

 

Helping You Make It Personal

When I got married, Andy and I had close friends and family perform our music. Every song was personal and meaningful to us. While friends teased “Aren’tWendyGoodwin_marriageproposal you going to play the violin at your own wedding?” I left the playing in the capable hands of others but I DID do all of the arranging of the music. Between grad school exams and juries, I was writing out the music that would be played. My own enjoyable experience planning music was part of what motivated me to start Effesenden Music.

I wanted to approach Effesenden Music like I was doing music for a friend. I wanted to help people have meaningful music that reflected their unique style as a couple. Many of the musicians who played for my wedding celebration almost 9 years ago are still an integral part of the current Effesenden roster of musicians.

With most wedding and event ensembles, you either hire a specific local celebrity musician to come and do his thing OR you hire a booking service that contracts musicians from professional institutions like the ballet orchestra to come and perform at your wedding. In many cases, these musicians see your music for the first time at the wedding itself or they play from a regular program of material performed at every wedding.  They may have never even met one another until moments before your processional.

Effesenden wedding music is very different. I start by getting to know you and your style. Then I work on developing the playlist that when your friends and family hear, they are going to say “Oh that is SO them!” From your end that involves exploring our current song lists as well as thinking about other songs that might be the perfect melody to add. From my end, that means helping you choose the instrumentation that is going to sound great playing those songs and then arranging and preparing the song selections so that they are specifically tailored to your event. I help you balance the creativity and stylistic concepts with other considerations like budget and venue logistics. I walk you through everything, just like I would my friends.

Besides running Effesenden Music, I am also an active touring musician in other capacities, so I am not always the violinist who performs those songs at your wedding. I do however shepherd every single step of the process and I can promise that any musician who plays for Effesenden Music is someone that I would without hesitation have play (or maybe did) have play at my own wedding.

With my extensive contacts, I can bring together the right people for the type of music and the type of event whether that’s classical, jazz, fiddle or eclectic.

There are plenty of good musicians out there but if you are looking for personalized attention, I hope that you will give us a call!

Corporate Event Music

The same attention to detail, personalized professional service, and variety of musical choices that have made Effesenden Music a must have for Pacific Northwest weddings proves valuable in the business community for events such as: 

• Background ambiance for Business Dinners & Socials
• Music for holiday parties and open house events
• Lobby music for conference registrants
• Special music for fundraising events
• Headliner music for benefit concerts for charitable organizations

To listen to samples of Effesenden Music’s diverse, violin centered Classical, Jazz and Acoustic music, click here.  

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“I appreciate your professionalism, dedication and art.  It truly added to the ambiance of our event.  I have been doing these events for 30+ years now, I believe beyond a doubt this event was one my best, and Effesenden Music contributed to that wonderful and meaningful success.
–Ed Bonnot   LTD Projects/WRCS Manager, Intel

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“We absolutely loved you guys, it was exactly what we wanted for our event.”
Dana Devoe, Senior Event Manager, Fidelity Meetings & Client Events

Recent Clients Include:
Intel
UBS
Adventist Medical Center
OHSU
Portland Art Museum
Vibe of Portland
Bravo! Wedding and Events
Faith in Action
Compassion First
Transitions Global
SMART
LVNA Hospice
Troon Winery
Oak Knoll Winery
Duck Pond Winery
Pioneer Place Shopping Center
OSU Board of Trustees
Building Champions
Lawrence Gallery
YPO Southern California

For pricing and availability, please contact Effesenden Music.