Musicians

Sandy Asirvatham
Sandy Asirvatham is co-creator and chief arranger. For our new recompositions based on old Pink Floyd songs, she’s been inspired by her own eclectic performing background and guided by the diverse sounds and skills brought by each of our participating musicians. Sandy was a respected journalist and award-winning City Paper columnist before launching a second career as a pianist and singer-songwriter. Of her eclectic jazz-pop songs, WRNR DJ Michael Buckley says, “When it comes to crossing invisible musical boundaries, Sandy Asirvatham is an innovator.” The idea for Mobtown Moon came to her while listening to the original Pink Floyd recording during long treadmill training sessions for a triathlon in 2009.


ellen cherry
ellen cherry (*lowercase intentional!*) is co-creator/visual alchemist. While having a strong hand in the sound of the record, she is also in charge of determining the look, feel, and overall aesthetic vibe of our Mobtown Moon products as well as the our stage shows. ellen has recorded and released original music continuously since 1997. In 2009, ellen composed an original score for Nana Project’s shadow puppet piece, “Alonzo’s Lullaby”, about a circus train wreck south of Chicago, in 1918, which was awarded the prestigious UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence. In 2012, ellen will release her next recording of original work, “Please Don’t Sell the Piano,” produced by Baltimore songwriter Caleb Stine. ellen also wrote, performed and recorded an original song commissioned by the FOX Networks that was nominated for an Emmy in 2010. In 2011, she was awarded both a “b” grant award by the Baker Artist Awards, as well as the inaugural Semmes G. “Buck” Walsh award for excellence in music.


Sandy and ellen have recruited great local artists from rock/pop, jazz, hip hop, bluegrass, and classical music scenes to participate in the project.

Over 40 individual musicians played a role in the studio recording released May 2013. Various small cohorts played preview shows and fundraisers in 2012 and 2013.

Then, in September 2013, for one beautiful, glorious night, Sandy and ellen brought together 22 instrumentalists & vocalists, 2 performance poets, and 27 members of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society (under the direction of Tom Hall) to play the entire Mobtown Moon re-interpretation from beginning to end. It was a massive effort, ecstatically received by the audience, and the co-creators hope to pull it off again soon.

WORLD PREMIERE CAST

Tim Anderson, cello

Sandy Asirvatham, voice, piano (featured on Breathe, The Great Gig In The Sky)

Warren Boes, guitar (featured on Time, The Great Gig In The Sky)

ellen cherry, voice, keyboard, guitar (featured on Breathe, Us & Them)

Dave DeMarco, bass

Femi the DriFish, spoken word (featured on Dream/Counterfeit (coda to Money))

Jonathan Gilmore, voice (featured on Brain Damage)

Andrew Grimm, banjo, guitar, voice (featured on On The Run, Money)

Ben Frock, trumpet (featured on Us & Them, Any Colour You Like)

Dave Hadley, pedal steel (featured on On The Run)

Tom Hall, voice, choir director (featured on Breathe)

Jeni Hererra-Mullar, violin

Patrick Klink, voice (featured on Brain Damage, Eclipse)

Jake Leckie, acoustic bass

Todd Marcus, bass clarinet (featured on Any Colour You Like)

Derrick Michaels, tenor saxophone (featured on Any Colour You Like)

David Ross, spoken word (featured on Dream/Counterfeit (coda to Money))

Brian Simms, voice, B3, accordion (featured on Time, Eclipse)

Jen Smith, guitar, voice (featured on Brain Damage, Eclipse)

Scott Smith, guitar, keyboards (featured on Breathe)

Mark St. Pierre, drums

Vincent Stringer (featured on Breathe, Time)

Alice Tung, viola

Bryan Young, bassoon (featured on Us & Them)

 

 

 

Links to most of our participating recording artists and live performers (more coming soon!):

 

 

Leader of Americana rock band Junestar, guitarist and banjoist Andrew Grimm.

Tom Hall

Baltimore Choral Arts Society (appearing in the 2013 premiere performance), a major local choir directed by Tom Hall.

Ben Frock

Prolific composer and trumpeter Ben Frock, leader of avant-funk big band Love Unit.

Brian Gundersdorf of folk-rock trio We’re About 9.

Brian Simms

Brian Simms, multi-instrumentalist and leader of the Junkyard Saints.

Bryan Young

Bryan Young, bassoonist and member of world-class chamber group The Poulenc Trio.

Christian Stengle, drummer for Junkyard Saints and leader of Speakers of the House.

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and bandleader Craig Alston.

Cris Jacobs, guitarist and vocalist formerly of jam-band superstars The Bridge.

Master of the pedal steel, Dave Hadley.

David Ross of spoken word crew The 5th L.

World-touring jazz drummer Eric Kennedy.

Femi the DriFish Lawal of spoken word crew The 5th L and alt rock band The Out of Water eXperience.

Frank Russo

Frank Russo, drummer, heavyweight of the regional jazz scene, sideman or leader of many top jazz combos.

Bassist Jake Leckie of the Cris Jacobs Band and leader of The Corner Quartet.

Jeff Reed

Jeff Reed, bassist, heavyweight of the regional jazz scene and Towson University professor.

Jennifer Ferguson Smith

Naked Blue co-leader and cellist Jennifer Ferguson Smith.

Highly in-demand studio drummer John Thomakos, member of many local bands and of the touring company of Cirque du Soleil’s show Kooza.

Katie Graybeal of folk-rock trio We’re About 9.

Violist Kate Zahradnik is a regular sub with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and holds positions with the Sarasota Opera and Annapolis Symphony.

Lea Gilmore

Powerhouse gospel/blues vocalist, world-traveling activist, and radio personality Lea Gilmore.

Bassist Matthew Everhart of Junkyard Saints and Speakers of the House.

Former Bridge drummer Mike Gambone, currently with Cris Jacobs Band.

Violinist Nicholas Currie, concertmaster for the Mid-Atlantic Symphony and member of Baltimore Opera Orchestra.

Select choir from OrchKids, an intensive music program for Baltimore elementary students sponsored by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Patrick Klink of the folk-rock trio We’re About 9.

Rising jazz star, alto saxophonist and bandleader Russell Kirk.

Scott Smith

Scott Smith, head engineer at The Wood and Stone Room studios and vocalist/guitarist for pop duo Naked Blue.

Cellist and composer Tim Anderson, a founding member of Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, New Music Baltimore, and the Baltimore Improvisation Ensemble.

Todd Marcus

Todd Marcus, respected jazz bass clarinetist and composer, also a hardworking activist/nonprofit leader.

Vincent Stringer

Vincent Stringer, bass-baritone vocalist, professor at Morgan State University, founder of Baltimore Summer Opera Workshop.

Guitarist Warren Boes, best known for his work in the bands The All Mighty Senators, Boister, and Speakers of the House.