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Live Stream Album Release Concert On October 16th Will Have Limited Tickets Available
Portland, OR— Stephanie Schneiderman is set to release her first solo album in 9 years. To celebrate, the Portland album release party will be livestreamed on Facebook Live Saturday, October 16th at 7:00pm from the gorgeous and spacious confines of Portland’s brand-new Tree Farm Building, located in the Industrial District of Inner SE, overlooking the Morrison Bridge. A limited number of tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets but the concert will be streaming worldwide.
The new recording combines her past sonic explorations — folk, americana, trip hop, and pop — into a beautifully dark and deeply introspective recording that is as lush as it is intimate. Funded through pre-purchases and house concerts, Crossfire is a self-released labor of love that celebrates her community, maiden voyage as self-producer, and is possibly her most compelling collection of songs to date.
“It was empowering to tap into all of my experiences throughout my career and to wrap all of that wisdom into the writing, arrangement and production of this album. Recording two electronic albums...learning to play drums...writing with Swan Sovereign — musically, this feels like the fusion of all the places I've been." Stated Stephanie Schneiderman.
The album will be available for download via her Bandcamp page beginning October 1st. As a lead up to her CD release, and in true pandemic-era innovation, she will be playing three, unplugged sets at three iconic Portland locations– a series she’s calling “City Serenade” where fans can purchase the new album in person and hear stripped down versions of her new songs with the ambient city sounds as her backing band.
• Sunday, September 26that 1 pm – Forest Park
• Sunday, October 3rdat 1 pm – Tilikum Crossing Bridge
• Sunday, October 10that 1 pm – Albina Railyards
While this is the first solo album in several years, Stephanie has remained busy with other artistic adventures, including recording and touring with her all-female collaborative, Swan Sovereign (formerly Dirty Martini) which has two releases - Arctic (2014) and Valentine (2017), and has toured extensively throughout the NW and beyond. She has also kept busy exploring new mediums – researching, developing and composing a musical about human trafficking.
To hear the new songs and learn more about the album, visit her digital download page
More about Crossfire:
Crossfire was recorded at three studios across the Willamette Valley including The Rye Room with engineer and programmer Matt Greco, Bocce Recording with John Askew and Gung Ho Studios with Billy Barnett. It features many great players including renowned composer and musician Rob Burger (Calexico, Iron and Wine, Sting), Tony/Grammy award winning producer Todd Sickafoose (Ani DeFranco, Anais Mitchell) on bass and Andy Borger (Tom Waits, Norah Jones) on drums, among others. McKinley and Lara Michell, Swan Sovereign/Dirty Martini band/soul mates, sing on several co-written songs; Portland pedal steel ace Paul Brainard makes an appearance; members of the Oregon Symphony provided string parts arranged by Dave Mills; and Tony Furtado adds cello banjo, baritone ukulele, and dobro on several tracks.
The album’s first single, “Daughters” was released in August of 2021, and features a haunting vocal arrangement wrapped in a blanket of lush, programmed sounds, baritone ukulele, cello banjo, over a subtle rhythmic pulse. Overtop, Schneiderman’s voice melodically whispers a tale about how the stories of our ancestors play out in our own lives. The song was a defining moment in finding the “sound” of the album- that perfect balance between folk and a textured, electronic sensibility, a thread that runs through the production of every song. Stephanie recorded a behind the scenes video about it that can be found on YouTube.
More about Stephanie:
Trying to pin down Stephanie Schneiderman to any one genre, talent or discipline is next to impossible. One thing is clear however- whether recording one of her 9 solo albums, playing drums for Swan Sovereign, acting, or giving back, Schneiderman is hands down one of the most diverse and hardest working artists the Pacific NW has to offer.
As singer-songwriter, her solo career began with a coveted spot in the Lilith Fair. From there, she went on to receive extensive NW radio play, tour internationally, and earn music placements in numerous films and primetime TV shows, including Felicity, Vampire Diariesand many more. She has played with some of the nation’s top touring acts- from Aimee Mann to Hall & Oates, Heart, and Train- and enjoyed ongoing success with popular NW all-female groups Dirty Martini and Swan Sovereign. She has stepped on stage in the musical The Full Monty,appeared in major television commercials andfilm, and even produced the soundtrack for 3 popular children's DVD's (Oy Baby and That Baby) which have sold more than 75,000 combined units.
Above all her accolades as an artist, Schneiderman has a keen passion for giving back. She organized Portland’s first humanitarian concert series, Voices for Silent Disasters, which raised $70,000 for Mercy Corps in Uganda, and is currently penning a musical that raises awareness about one of her passion points — human trafficking.
Schneiderman has nine solo recordings under her belt - Stephanie Schneiderman (1999), Unbelievably Unbroken (2001), Fall Sessions EP (2001), Touch Down (2004), Live at Kung Fu Bakery (2005), Dangerous Fruit (2008), Rubber Teardrop (2011), Live at The Old Church (2013) and Crossfire (2021) plus four releases with her collaborative bands Dirty Martini- Dirty Martini (2004), Tea and Revenge (2007) and Swan Sovereign - Arctic (2014) and Valentine (2017).