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 (*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!):