for immediate release:
Spring Concert on Friday, May 6 with Beloved Indie-Rockers Swansea Opening
Date & Time: Friday | May 6 | 8:00pm
Tickets: $18 adv | $22 dos https://albertarosetheatre.com/event/stephanie-schneiderman-bandstrings-swansea/
Portland, OR— Stephanie Schneiderman returns to the stage at The Alberta Rose Theatre to celebrate her new album, Crossfire, and its full digital release. Backed by a full band of Portland’s finest - including Ji Tanzer (Blue Cranes), Jenny Conlee (Decemberists), Tony Furtado and Keith Brush, Stephanie will be joined by a string ensemble with members of the Oregon Symphony featuring lush string arrangements by Kyleen King (Brandi Carlisle) and Dave Mills (Soul Vaccination). Opening the night are indie-rockers Swansea, who combine artful narrative and atmospheric sweep with a touch of dancey, off-the-cuff toughness.
Beginning in August of 2021, Stephanie digitally released one single per month, with the final single, “Dead Voices” coinciding with the show on May 6th, making the album available in full for the first time. Crossfire, 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, the recording 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.”
Download and listen to the new album CROSSFIRE here.
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 with her all-star roots act, Swan Sovereign (formerly Dirty Martini), stepping on stage in the musical The Full Monty, producing a wildly successful humanitarian concert series for refugees in northern Uganda raising $70k, or penning a musical about human trafficking - Schneiderman is hands down one of the most diverse and hardest working artists the Pacific NW has to offer.
Throughout the pandemic, Stephanie and her husband Tony Furtado created a streaming concert series consisting of 35+ shows called “Thursday Nights Live” presented by an array of radio stations and backed by wine/beer/whiskey sponsors - featuring many musical guests through their living room windows.
“Originally we started this series as a way to compensate for lost income… all of the musicians we know were in the same boat. It turned into a creative way to stay connected to our friends and invite fans into the party. We never imagined having a trumpet, lap steel or accordion playing through our windows, but it’s been a beautiful, hilarious thing.”
Last fall, in true pandemic-era innovation, Stephanie performed three unplugged, outdoor sets at three iconic Portland locations (Forest Park, Tilikum Crossing Bridge and Albina Railyards) with the ambient city sounds as her backing band - kicking off a city-wide series she’s developing called “City Serenade”.
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.