A Little Pop Strings For You Today

There’s such a trend now for couples to choose contemporary music for their wedding in addition to or instead of the more traditional classical pieces.  Because there are few things I love more than creating new musical arrangements, it’s a trend I hope stays around!

Today I wanted to share some video from a wedding we performed for at Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Gardens (which by the way is an incredible place to visit if you are exploring our fine city.)

This video features our Acoustic Trio, comprised of Violin, Guitar & Cello playing ithe Guns N’ Roses tune Sweet Child of Mine.

Enjoy!

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)


Have Strings Will Travel!

This summer Effesenden Music has enjoyed playing weddings in Napa and Hawaii in addition to events throughout the state of Oregon.  We offer a unique service with our focus on Customized Live Strings and we are happy to take this labor of love wherever it will be appreciated.  I already do a lot of touring as a performing artist so why not travel to play for weddings too?

Effesenden Trio Ceremony Music in Napa

By keeping Effesenden’s Repertoire ever changing, the combination of instruments in flux and the destinations exciting, our team of musicians is enthusiastic and we never become complacent about our role in weddings because… well, we care and we challenge ourselves to give our best.

The logistics of hiring Effesenden Music to travel for your wedding are really not as formidable as they might seem.  While there may be some practical expenses involved, we typically offset those by offering additional value to our clients:  including services for free that normally come at a cost such as additional song arrangements, rehearsal attendance or extra performance time. When you hold up the end product that you receive by working with Effesenden and compare that with the fees that a local group might charge you for the same suite of services, you might actually even be getting a deal–and you almost certainly are when you factor in the level of quality, experience and passion that are a proven track record with our company.

Effesenden String Quartet in Hawaii

May 20th Acoustic Concert with Wendy Goodwin & Friends

Effesenden Musicians Perform for Acoustic Christmas

WHEN:  Sunday, May 20th, 2012  6:00 p.m.

WHERE:  West Chehalem Friends Church
16700 Northeast North Valley Road  Newberg, OR 97132

WHAT:  An Acoustic Evening with Wendy Goodwin & Friends
This concert is presented as a benefit for the West Chehalem Friends Church camp scholarship program.  The concert is free and family friendly.  Reception with refreshments will follow the concert.

WHO:
Wendy Goodwin—Violin/Vocals
Aaron Pruitt—Piano/Vocals
Nate Macy—Guitar/Vocals
Jacob Jolliff—Mandolin
Nolan Staples—Bass
James “Jimmy” Watson—Percussion

I am looking forward to this concert!  While NOT a CD release, we WILL be performing all of the songs from my forthcoming CD along with covers by Peter Gabriel, super old hymns re-imagined by our guitarist Nate Macy—as part of his own upcoming CD release, and more.  The concert is free and totally family friendly—that is if your kids like upbeat, Celtic influenced music and lots of interesting instruments to look at followed by a reception with refreshments and plenty of room to run around.

I’m hoping that the gorgeous clover fields surrounding this country church will be in bloom.  If you’ve been out on North Valley Road in the late spring, you know what I’m talking about. . . but whether the bees and my calendar have it all lined up or not, I can promise a wonderful evening of music.  Please join us.  There’s even a CHANCE that my CD will be ready to go…but I can’t promise.

You can also help a really great cause while at this concert by making a donation to support the church’s camp scholarship fund.  I know that for me, attending camps like Tilikum Day Camp and Twin Rocks built lasting wonderful memories—For any of you out there around the same time as me, I have to say that my daughter’s favorite bedtime songs are now the Skunk Song and the Shark Song (with hand motions of course!)  The concert is free so you can come even if you don’t have the funds to send people to camp.  See you there!

Acoustic Quartet Survives Record Heat to Create Beautiful Wedding Music

One of my favorite ensembles is our Acoustic Quartet.  Comprised of violin, piano, cello and guitar or bass, the ensemble stands out for it’s ease at creating endless combinations of diverse texture and style.

On the day we performed at this wedding pre-ceremony, ceremony and cocktail hour, it was so hot that I was really worried the groomsmen were going to pass out!  As it turned out they were almost all police officers so I guess they were accustomed to dark clothing in hot weather.  I was really proud of our quartet because we stayed focused in spite of the heat AND the bees that kept circling around our heads.  It was only after the event concluded that we realized that there was a nest up in the umbrella that was providing our shade!  Any ensemble can go into a recording studio and come out with a decent sounding song but unless you’re getting married in a sound booth, you need music that will sound great in the actual setting!

The first sample is of Pachelbel’s Canon in D.  Canon is one of the most sought after pieces of Classical music  in the modern wedding ceremony and if an ensemble can’t do it justice. . .or more accurately, won’t… then you should look to a different company.  Because this piece is SO iconic, all of our ensembles have it in the repertoire.

Effesenden Music’s Canon in D (Pachelbel’s Canon) — Acoustic Fiddle Version

Effesenden Music’s Canon in D (Piano, Guitar, Violin, Cello) LIVE

Effesenden Music’s Canon in D (Strings) Classical, Traditional Version

Another selection that this beautiful couple made is one of my absolute favorite Classical pieces:  it’s actually an operatic duet for two sopranos but we have arranged it for violin and cello with accompaniment.  It’s popularly known as the “Flower Duet” from the Delibes opera Lakme.

Flower Duet from Lakme (Acoustic Quartet) Live –featuring violin & cello with guitar & piano accompaniment

Sometimes a fusion of styles is nice.  In this sample, we’ve combined jazz and classical influences for the gorgeous piece Pavane pour une enfante defunte by Maurice Ravel.  Ravel has been one of my very favorite composers since I was a kid in youth symphony.  This Pavane (which is a stylized dance)  is mysterious and elegant and totally great for weddings or really any time you want to enjoy beautiful music!

Pavane pour une infante defunte (Acoustic Quartet) Live

Effesenden Music Piano

 

I would be remiss not to send a huge shout out to Rick Whitehead of Bass is Loaded DJ service.  He recorded all of the song samples you are hearing on this post at the wedding.  This AMAZING wedding professional single handedly and wirelessly made the ceremony and reception sound wonderful.  He was so helpful and did not miss a single detail—even attending the rehearsal to help with the minor last minute details.  I have seen Rick at multiple weddings in the last few years and cannot recommend his work highly enough!!!

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Classical String Trio and Classical String Quartet Comparison

Effesenden Music is well known for our emphasis on playing music that reflects our brides and grooms own unique style.  Rather than applying a “one size fits all approach,” every single wedding we play has it’s own unique musical plan.  We love arranging popular music for our musicians to perform but we also have great respect for the timeless beauty of traditional wedding pieces such as Canon in D, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring and more and enjoy presenting authentic, quality renditions of these great Classical works.

This blog post features samples from two weddings we played during the summer of 2011.  On a related note, click the link below if you’d like to see a list of our current songs for classical string trio and quartet.

Effesenden Music Classical Menu

The first set of musical samples are from a wonderful outdoor wedding at Garden Vineyards in June with our string quartet.

Canon in D–Pachelbel

Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring–Bach

Air on the G String–Bach

The second wedding was an indoor ceremony at the beloved Old Church in Southwest Portland, Oregon featuring our string trio.  I especially enjoyed this wedding because there were a number of Romantic period and slightly lesser known Classical works along with some more traditional Baroque.

Barcarole–Offenbach

Theme from Jupiter–Holst

I Love Thee–Grieg

Brandenburg Concerto No 3 (Allegro)–Bach

Many of our brides and grooms who are planning to use strings look for guidance on whether to opt for string trio or quartet.  The difference is that the quartet includes 2 violins, viola and cello whereas the trio is either violin, viola and cello or 2 violins and cello.  The quartet has greater richness and a slightly larger repertoire but the two ensembles are very similar in what they offer.

For comparison, I’ve included a recording of our string trio playing an excerpt from Canon in D.

Canon in D (for string trio)

If you’re like most couples, you’re probably making a lot of decisions like this in the planning—“Option A offers just a little bit more but Option B is really nice and saves a bit on the cost.”  My best advice is to work with an ensemble whose music you can tell is high quality and then choose the length of reservation and ensemble size based on your budget.  Maybe you could get an 8-piece band of amateur string players for the same price as a high quality string quartet but quantity doesn’t mean better!

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

So You Don’t Like Classical Music…

Many people mistakenly believe that unless they are wealthy enough to hire Elton John and his piano to be delivered to their ceremony site, that live music will limit them to a range of classical songs that mean nothing to them. When they hold up that option (boring…possibly expensive music they don’t recognize) against having their deejay play a recording of Ben Harper or Etta James, it is easy to see why some would conclude music to be as gratuitous a luxury as hiring in a flock of live swans to waddle through the reception.

 

If you are choosing an ensemble whose repertoire consists almost entirely of Classical music, and you don’t really LIKE classical music, than yes, it probably isn’t worth it. If however, you choose an ensemble with a versatile repertoire and the ability to add songs of your choosing to the playlist, than all of a sudden you’ve upped the style and sophistication of your event 100 fold.

In a nutshell, here are 5 reasons to go live for your ceremony (and beyond)

  1. Live music is better for timing your processional. Maybe your flowergirl gets distracted down the aisle. Maybe you have 9 bridesmaids…or 2. The average recorded song is about 3 minutes and 30 seconds in length. The average length of processional is 1 to 1.5 minutes. A deejay can fade or start in the middle of a song but live musicians can arrange the song to fit exactly with what is actually happening in the moment.
  2. Live music is more interesting than recorded music for you and your guests to enjoy. Anyone who has ever been to a concert knows this! Why would you fork out $75 or more to see your favorite artist from the nosebleed section of a stadium if listening to an mp3 on your earbuds were more enthralling?
  3. Live music is cross generational. By having a range of music played by an ensemble such as a string quartet, you offer a style of music that anyone from your friends to your elderly grandparents will enjoy.
  4. However brief your ceremony may be, the moment you begin walking down that aisle will stay with you forever. The song that is played will remind you every time you hear it in the future so choose carefully and make sure it’s done well!
  5. Live music is more appropriate for outdoor weddings. As you are surrounded by nature, the sounds of birds singing and wind rustling the leaves, how much more organic and appropriate is a beautiful violin than a big black speaker? Very.

The most important…in fact, the only ingredient necessary to have an amazing wedding celebration is the love that you and your partner share. As you think of the elements that will go into reflecting that love, live music is one very special option that can help express the happiness that you feel! For more information and ideas for live music, check out sample live music on the Effesenden Music website!

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.