News & Reviews
- Monday, July 11, 2011
Christina Courtin recently performed at (Le) Poisson Rouge in NYC, with longtime and frequent collaborators Brooklyn Rider opening. The show was broadcast on Q2's Cued Up. "While taking cues from their classical training," says Q2, "these artists have broken down the conventional walls of a music conservatory and are comfortable playing anything from Philip Glass's string quartets to playing backup on Nashville-inspired tunes." Listen to Courtin's set here.
- Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Christina Courtin launches a four-city tour with Aoife O'Donovan of the Crooked Still in Boston tonight, followed by stops in New Hampshire and Vermont, before hitting Courtin's home base of New York City with a Saturday night show at Rockwood Music Hall. Courtin's voice has been described by the New York Times as "uniquely otherworldly." Her self-titled Nonesuch debut album, which the Huffington Post called "a wonderful concoction," is now just $10.71 in the Nonesuch Store as part of the store-wide 3rd anniversary sale.
About this Album
Click HERE to listen to three full-length songs from the album, watch a video for "Bundah," and see a photo slideshow.
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Nonesuch Records released the self-titled label debut from singer-songwriter Christina Courtin on June 23, 2009. The New York Times says Courtin’s voice “feels uniquely otherworldly, as if it couldn’t possibly be entirely human born.”
The album is co-produced by Courtin, jazz bassist Greg Cohen, and her frequent band mate singer/guitarist Ryan Scott. Cohen and Scott also contribute bass and guitar to the recording. Several acclaimed musicians join them, including keyboardist Benmont Tench, drummer Jim Keltner, pedal-steel player Greg Leisz, Punch Brothers violinist Gabe Witcher, and multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion.
In addition to her vocals, Courtin wrote all the songs on the album. She also plays viola and toy piano on “Hedonistic Paradise” and provides string arrangements on “Green Jay,” “Bundah,” and “Rainy.” Of the recording Courtin states, “The records that I love the most are the ones that are full of life and energy—and that doesn’t in any way mean perfection. They have real feeling to them. One of the things I wanted to achieve with my record was for it to be a real world of its own, with songs that take you somewhere else.”
Courtin, a multi-faceted and accomplished musician, recently graduated from The Julliard School, where she studied violin. Although Courtin has been studying the violin since she was three, singing was always her covert passion. While at Julliard, participating in multimedia pop and jazz shows that her fellow students would put on for their after-hours entertainment, Courtin was inspired to put together a band to play around town and to record an independently released disc. Courtin’s Juilliard friends became her first fans: “The only friends I had at the time in New York were people I met at school, who were all mainly classical musicians. Luckily for me they were really supportive and came out to see us play. But it was a scary experience, to have only musicians in the audience! I guess eventually my friends told their friends, until the people coming to see us weren’t just musicians anymore. Soon enough the audiences were full of people that I didn't know at all.”
As a violinist Courtin has collaborated with several artists including Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble, Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov, and soprano Dawn Upshaw, among others.
Christina Courtin, vocals (1-10), toy piano (4), viola (4, 6)
Benmont Tench, celeste (1, 7), piano (5, 7, 8, 10), organ (3, 10)
Ryan Scott, acoustic guitar (1-4, 6, 7), electric guitar (2, 7, 10), background vocals (7)
Greg Leisz, weissenborn (1, 3), pedal steel (6, 8, 10), electric guitar (7), mandolin (8), lap steel (10)
Jon Brion, bass VI (1), acoustic guitar (3, 6, 8), electric guitar (7, 10), chamberlin (7, 10), marxophone (8)
Greg Cohen, bass (1, 3-10), bells (4)
Jim Keltner, drums (1, 3, 6-8, 10)
Brooklyn Rider: Johnny Gandelsman, violin; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; Eric Jacobsen, cello (1, 2, 6, 9)
Shanir Blumenkranz, bass (2)
Rob Burger, piano (4)
Marc Ribot, electric guitar (7)
Gabe Witcher, violin (8)
Produced by Greg Cohen, Ryan Scott, and Christina Courtin
Recorded and mixed by David Boucher
Additional recording by Ryan Scott and Christopher Hoffman
Mixed by David Boucher at Chateau Boucher
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, Maine
All songs written by Christina Courtin (Bun on a Wave Publishing/ASCAP), except “February” (music by Christina Courtin and Kyle Sanna, lyrics by Christina Courtin). String arrangements by Christina Courtin; “February” strings by Ryan Scott.
Design by Barbara deWilde
Executive Producer: David Bither