I’ve been co-writing songs with my good friend and former Manhattan School of Music classmate Kat Calvosa for the past 2 years. This has been an incredibly educational experience for me as a composer, because before we started working together, I had never collaborated with another composer. Also, she writes lyrics, I don’t (at least not comfortably)! The result is about 10 really cool songs that were written with 3 different approaches: writing music and lyrics together, me writing music to her lyrics, and her writing music to my music.
Last year we started performing these songs around NYC with a band, which we call the Calvosa Sullivan Project (or CSP). We also recorded a demo back in December 2009, and I think I posted some of those tracks on this very blog (yay!). It’s been a while since we performed live though, so I jumped at the opportunity to bring this group into the studio to record a few more tracks. It was, once again, a lot of fun to record, and everyone did a great job: Kat on vocals, me on piano and sax, Paul Orbell on guitar, Brian Ladd on electric bass, and Brian Fishler on drums. An awesome band!
Here are a couple of rough mixes:
Let Me Pretend – Our newest tune…Kat wrote the lyrics first and I wrote the music for this one.
Left Alone – This one was created entirely from putting ideas together in real time, so it’s really got elements of both of our musical approaches in there.
Next week I bring The Casual Sextet into the studio! Looking forward to recording the challenging music I’ve written for this band.