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Red Hill Quartet: News

Tough Times - August 1, 2016

As many of you know, 2016 has been a very rough year for the Red Hill Quartet. It’s somewhat ironic with 2015 having been a great year for us with 2 major solo concerts, a festival, club dates, etc. This year started with our drummer Leonice’s horrific freeway accident from which he is still recovering. He required multiple spinal surgeries and is slowing getting stronger.

About 3 months ago, Ricky, our vibes player, was diagnosed with a highly aggressive form of lymphoma. After a valiant battle with his illness, he passed away on July 31st. He was a dear friend as well as the irreplaceable glue that held the band’s music together.
Ricky’s consistently upbeat disposition, along with his unique approach to playing and composing, made rehearsals and gigs great fun. Being self-taught, his approach to music was totally his own and his musical conception provided much of the basis for the band’s music. We feel blessed that we had the opportunity to play with him for so many years. He will be greatly missed.

The future of the band is obviously very uncertain at this point. When the dust settles and Leonice is back, both physically and geographically, we’ll get together and play and see what direction to take. In the meantime, we’ll keep the website up (www.redhillquartet.com), as well as our facebook page, at least for a while. Our music will still be posted on Itunes, CDBaby, as well as the other sites.

We want to thank you all for your gracious support over the years. Internet radio has gotten us a modest but worldwide circle of fans. To know that our music speaks to so many people from different backgrounds is the main reason we play.

Welcome back Anand - May 25, 2015

Those of you who have followed this band for many years, know that the band originally enjoyed the services of a very young and very talented multi-instrumentalist, Anand Bennett. His playing can be heard on "March of the Lion" on the music page of this website. Anand left to pursue his muse which took him to New York, where he played with Jack DeJohnette and Betty Carter. He has also developed a unique new instrument that looks like a cross between a guitar and a mandolin. It is tuned in fifths instead of the standard fourths, giving it a huge, open sound and great range. To make this work, Anand developed a radially angled fretboard and a whole new fingering system. We are delighted that Anand will be playing with us again.

L.A. County Arts Council endorses Red Hill Quartet - November 30, 2014

The Los Angeles County Arts Council maintains a musicians roster of performers and groups they endorse for public supported concerts. You must be on this roster to be eligible to perform at any of these venues (LACMA, MOCA, Brand Library, etc.). The application process is quite rigorous, requiring the submission of three recordings, letters of recommendation and a history of the band. The submitted package is evaluated by a panel of industry professionals. We are proud and excited to announce that the Red Hill Quartet has been accepted for inclusion in the musicians roster. Hopefully this will allow us to play some of the larger concert venues in the area.

We're now on YouTube - April 11, 2014

Well, we've been dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. It's true, we're now on YouTube. Please go to the links page on this site and click on any of the 6 videos taken at our recent gig at Byblos.

Under New Management - January 12, 2014

The Red Hill Quartet is pleased to announce that we will now be represented by Jennifer Goyette of the Cusp Association. Jennifer has extensive experience in artist management having worked in that capacity for many years for Sony before starting her own agency. We are delighted to have the chance to work with this talented and enthusiastic manager.

Please check out her website, www.cuspassociation.com where you can see the other artists she represents. On her site, you can also hear all the tracks from our latest album “Analog Man in a Digital World”.

Jennifer can be reached at : 323.924.8388
Email: jennifer@cuspassociation.com

Analog Man in a Digital World now available - May 30, 2012

We’ve been thinking about this one since last fall. We knew we wanted to continue with the direction we’ve been going in – using subsets of the band on parts of some tunes to allow for more musical freedom and to vary the overall sound. We’ve also been experimenting with having different formats behind each soloist. We also wanted to continue to feature Leonice’s prodigious percussion chops. His tabla work on “The Chant” is a revelation and shows how many ways there are to embellish a simple 9 beat phrase. He plays the tanjera on “A Certain Point”, giving the tune a decided South American feel.

Everyone in the band writes, but we rarely bring a finished piece to rehearsals. One of us will bring an idea for a tune, a partial melody or a set of chord changes, and we play it and work on it until a finished piece emerges. “Blue Caller” started life as a duet between vibes and bass. We wanted to incorporate the tenor, but not over the same structure, so we placed the tenor solo at the end of the piece over a different harmonic background and taking the piece to a different place.

All the pieces on the album have evolved during the process of making this CD. We really like it. We hope you do too. The link to the CD Baby page for "Analog Man in a Digital World" is http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/redhillquartet.

New CD now available - November 21, 2007

The new CD, "Echo Park" is now available at cdbaby.com. The direct link is http://cdbaby.com/cd/redhillquartet2. The previous CD, "Red Hill", which has guest artist Anand Bennett on mandocello, is also available at cdbaby. The link for that one is http://cdbaby.com/cd/redhillquartet1. When cdbaby sets us up in their search engine, you'll be able to do a search from their home page, but for now, the links work best.

When the page comes up, you will be able to hear the first 2 minutes of all songs on the CD. The page gives you the option of hearing the piece in near CD sound quality if you have a broadband/cable/dsl connection, or in somewhat lesser sound quality if you have a dial-up modem. One thing to note – if you click on the individual tunes, it will play the low fidelity version. If you have a high speed connection and want to hear the tunes at their best, click on the “play all songs (broadband)” button and navigate to the desired selections using your media player.

If you're not familiar with cdbaby, they are the world's largest distributor of independent music. Their site, cdbaby.com, is really well thought out. You can browse or search by artist, genre and other methods – very cool. In addition to selling at their own site, they distribute through Amazon, ITunes, and most traditional records stores, so you can walk into your local Amoeba records and order our CDs.

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