INVERT NO MORE
After ten years of working together, issuing three albums, and giving hundreds of performances in 55 venues in 28 cities, the members of Invert have decided to stop working together as a unit. All of us remain the best of friends - it's just that some members within the group are feeling a pull in other directions, and wish to spend more time working on other musical endeavors.
This site will remain up due to the very generous offering by Equal Temperment to host it for free. Our albums will remain readily available on CD and as downloads via CD Baby and many other online stores. We plan to update this site on occasion with more photos, videos of live performances, and links to previously unreleased music. We have a good number of recordings of various shows in our vault, including a number of compositions and improvisations that were never released on any of our albums. When time permits we hope to post them for your listening pleasure.
All of the members of Invert wish to take this time to thank our fans, friends, collaborators, and families for their amazing support over the years. It has made our experiences in the group incredibly rewarding! You folks are the best!! THANK YOU!!
INVERT's CD's NOW ON DISCOUNTED SALE PRICES!
We've placed both Invert's 1st self titled CD and our latest CD, The Strange Parade, on special discounted sale prices. If you don't have these albums on CD yet, at their way better than mp3 sound quality, and with some beautiful artwork included to boot, then now is the time to get them! The first CD can be had for only $8 - and the "The Strange Parade" is only $9 - available at these prices for a limited time only. You can also get these CD's for only $5 each by combining them with other purchases with CD Baby's "$5 special" program.
INVERT's 2nd CD ALMOST SOLD OUT!
We are down to the very last two sealed copies of our 2nd CD, Between The Seconds. There are no plans to repress this - so if you wish to purchase this it is now available only direct at the price of $20 (price includes postage in the continental USA). Please email us by clicking hereif you wish one of the last copies of this CD!
VIDEO FOR "DOG DAYS" NOW ONLINE!
We're excited to announce that our first ever music video is available for your viewing and listening pleasure. The video is to "Dog Days" - the second track from our most recent CD, "The Strange Parade" It was composed by cellist Chris George and features drums by special guest Roberto Rodriguez. The video was shot and edited by film maker Greg King - who we think did an amazing job. It includes footage shot in performances on our 2005 tours in support of the Rachel's, some of our travels along the West coast during that tour, along with more recent footage shot here in NYC.
You can view a streaming version on YouTube here
or download a high res version of the video here
Hope you enjoy!!
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL MASTER CLASS
On January 19th Invert gave a short performance and then two master classes in blues based and modal improvisation for some amazing students at the Third Street Music School Settlement in Manhattan. A big thanks goes to all the students and teachers there who made our experience a truly rewarding time!
NEWS FROM 2008:
THANKS FROM INVERT
A big Invert goes out to all the great folks who came out for our show at the intimate Godfrey Daniels listening room in Bethlehem Pennsylvania on Friday, September 12. We performed two sets of compositions from our CD's, along with a few new unrecorded pieces. The warmth of the audience (most of them hearing us for the very first time) was particularly welcoming for us, as was the excellent vegetarian chili we were served before the show!
MORE THANKS FROM INVERT / INTERVIEW NOW ONLINE
A huge Invert thanks also goes out to all who were in attendance at our performance in front of a studio audience at the new WVIA TV studio in Pittstown, PA for our live broadcast (on 89.9FM in northeast Pennsylvania and online as well) there on May 19th. Invert had a blast (and lots of nervous energy) performing in front of TV cameras and a fantastically receptive audience. The show was also taped for TV broadcast which should happen sometime late this year or in early 2009. A gigantic thanks also goes out to our host, WVIA DJ George Graham, whose support of Invert has been extraodinarily generous.
MORE THANKS FROM INVERT
A big Invert thanks goes out to all who came to our performance at the Issue Project Room - where we played at its acoustically excellent new temporary location at The Can Factory in Brooklyn on Friday March 14th, after a set by the ultra-cool new music chamber ensemble Till By Turning. We had a fantastic time playing in this intimate setting and premiered a piece (as yet still untitled) that was collaboratively composed by all of Invert's members. A special thanks also goes out to Issue's amazing curator, Suzanne Fiol, for her amazing work keeping a fantastic new music venue going, and for featuring us in its programming.
Another huge Invert thanks go out to all the kind folks who packed the Main Room of the Knitting Factory, in Manhattan on Saturday February 9th, where we opened the night in a bill of amazing bands. Despite Steve breaking a string in the middle of playing "The Peak" we were able to quickly regroup and had an excellent time playing for an extremely receptive audience. The event was in celebration of the release of the "Dreamland" CD from Beat Circus. "Dreamland" features playing by three of Invert's members on the track "Lucid State" -a short string quartet composed by Beat Circus leader Brian Carpenter and has been released by Cuneiform Records. A special thanks goes out to Brian Carpenter for inviting us to play at this great event - along with the amazing Nervous Cabaret, Humanwine, and The Cassettes -who all played excellent sets that night as well.
VICIOUS VAUDEVILLE SHOW A SUCCESS
A big Invert thanks goes out to all those who completely packed the house for our first show of the New Year opening the night for the twisted burlesque of Vicious Vaudeville at Galapagos in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York on this Saturday, January 5, and also a huge thanks to Jared & all the Vicious Vaudevillians who invited us to perform and put on an amazing show themselves. Thanks!
BROADCAST ON WVIA
On October 1 Invert took a road trip to record a few pieces "live in the studio" at Pittston Pennsylvania radio station WVIA for George Graham's "Homegrown Music." This half hour performance (which included a couple brand new, never before recorded pieces, along with new versions of two selections from our first CD) and interview was broadcast on Tuesday, November 27 at 9:00pm on 89.9FM in Northeastern Pennsylvania. A big thanks from all the Inverts goes out to George Graham for inviting us to be on his show, and for his patience and skill while recording us. We hope to post some excerpts from this broadcast on our music page so please check back soon.
MORE REVIEWS OF "THE STRANGE PARADE"
Our new CD, "The Strange Parade," just got two very positive reviews! The first is in the November 2007 issue of Baltimore Magazine and can be read online here, and the second is at the WYCE Community Media Center's website and can be read here. A big Inverted thanks goes out to John Lewis and Lane Zoerhof for their very kind words!
THANKS FROM INVERT
A huge Inverted thanks goes out to all who attended our recent performance on November 5 at the historic St. Paul's Chapel in the Wall Street district of Manhattan, and to Earl Tucker and the staff at the Chapel for inviting us to play in the acoustically excellent and beautiful space. We had an amazing time getting to play for many folks who were hearing us for the very first time and who responded incredibly enthusiastically.
Another big Invert thanks goes out to all who attended our aperformance in the intimate recital hall at Bloomingdale School of Music (where Chris Jenkins is a faculty member). Our thanks also goes to the amazing staff there for inviting us to perform and for being so helpful on that night. You can see photos from this show on our newly updated photo page.
INVERT GIVES ANOTHER MASTER CLASS
On October 4 Invert gave a work shop on improvisation (with a focus on blues and modes) to twenty young students at the Bloomingdale School of Music. It was really fun and rewarding for us to get a chance to pass on some knowledge to the students, many of whom had never improvised before. You can see photos from the class on our newly updated photo page.
"THE STRANGE PARADE" GETS SOME PLAY!
We're very excited to have received confirmed radio play for a number of tracks off of our new CD, "The Strange Parade" from these very fine independent and forward thinking stations:
CKUA - Edmononton, Alberta, Canada
KMUD - Redway, Calfiornia
KVMR - Nevada City, California
KZYX - Philo, California
KDNK - Carbondale, Colorado
KVNF - Paonia, Colorado
WPKN - Bridgeport, Connecticut
WWUH - West Hartford, Connecticut
WMNF - Tampa, Florida
KKCR - Hanalei, Hawaii
KUNI - Cedar Falls, Iowa
WEFT- Champaign, Illinois
WFHB - Bloomington, Inmdiana
WFPK - Lousiville, Kentucky
WHAY - Whitley City, Kentucky
WMKY - Moorehead, Kentucky
WMMT - Whiteburg, Kentucky
KRVS - Lafayette, Louisiana
WHFC - Bel Air, Maryland
WERU - Eorland, Maine
WYCE - Grand Rapids, Michigan
KAXE - Grand Rapids, Minnesota
KFAI - Minneapolis, Minnesota
KMPR - Saint Paul, Minnesota
KSRQ - Thief River Falls, Minnesota
KUMD - Duluth, Minnesota
WTIP - Grand Marais, Minnesota
KDHX - St. Louis, Missouri
KOPN - Columbia, Missouri
WDVR - Sargentsville, New Jersey
WFMU - Jersey City, New Jersey
WJFF - Jeffersonville, New York
WOUB - Athens, Ohio
CIUT - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
KBOO - Portland, Oregon
KPUR - Forest Way, Oregon
KSMF - Ashland, Oregon
WDIY - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
WVIA - Pittston, Pennsylvania
KPFT - Houston, Texas
KZMU - Moab, Utah
WRRW - Virginia Beach, Virginia
KAOS - Olympia, Washington
KBCS - Bellevue, Washington
WOJB - Hayward, Wisconsin
A big inverted thanks goes out to all the adventurous music directors and DJ's at these stations who have given Invert a chance to be heard, and to Peter Hay at Twin Visions for helping us get our CD into their hands.
If you know of other stations in your area that you think would be a good match for Invert please drop us a line.
THANKS FROM INVERT
An Inverted thanks goes out to all who came out to Don Pedro's in Brooklyn on June 9, to hear Invert play two songs arranged by Chris George from the classic Guided By Voices album "Bee Thousand." This was a party for the release of Marc Woodworth's book of the same name, which describes in detail the creation of this indie rock masterpiece. Since Steve was on tour with Rebecca Moore in Portugal on that night, Eve Miller, the cellist with the amazing Rachel's, was the super sub for that evening, and did an incredible job. Thanks, Eve!
INVERT GOES DIGITAL!
We're excited to announce that you can now purchase mp3 downloads of every individual tracks from each of our 3 CD's at Apple iTunes, and also at a number of other digital music distribution services such as MP3 Extension.
You can also now purchase downloads of select tracks directly from us using our Snocap MyStore at either our MySpace page or on our MUSIC page on this site.
FIRST REVIEW OF THE STRANGE PARADE
Our brand new CD "The Strange Parade" just got a great very positive review! You can read it at The Silent Ballet review
A big inverted thanks goes out to Jonathan Brooks his very kind words!!
INVERT'S NEW CD JUST RELEASED & IS AVAILABLE NOW!!!
We're enormously excited to announce that our new full length third CD, entitled "The Strange Parade," has just been released to the public on our own label, Inverted Music.
We're enormously proud of this one and truly believe it's absolutely the best album we've created to date. It features 15 pieces, including seven compositions by Invert's members, seven group collaborations entirely improvised in the studio, and our own arrangement of Shigeru Umebayashi's "Yumeji's Theme" (which many of you might know from the soundtrack to the movie "In The Mood For Love").
The Strange Parade also features very special guest Roberto Rodriguez playing drums on both "The Peak" and "Dog Days." Roberto has performed with Ruben Blades, Lester Bowie, T-Bone Burnett, Randy Brecker, Paquito D'Rivera, Julio Iglesias, The Miami Sound Machine, Joe Jackson, Dave Liebman, Paul Simon, Lloyd Cole, Susie Ibarra, Phoebe Snow and Marc Ribot, among many others, and his expertise definitely helped to push these two cuts to a much higher level in the groove department.
The CD comes in a deluxe full color 6 panel Digipak, with gorgeous graphic design by Steve Cooley from the Cooley Design Lab, and features photographs by Steve Cooley and Esther Levine.
"The Strange Parade" is available at our shows, online at CD Baby, and also at a few retail stores in New York and elsewhere which we'll list here as we get the album to them.
Thirteen of the tracks were recorded in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at Excello by engineer extraordinaire Paul Evans Mitchell, who also worked with us on our previous CD, Between The Seconds. Roberto Rodriguez's drums for "The Peak" and "Dog Days" were recorded by Joel Hamilton (who has worked with Tom Waits and Elvis Costello among many others) at Studio G Brooklyn - and strings for these tracks recorded by Steven Berson at his studio, Total Sonic Media, where the album was also edited, mixed, and mastered.
You can hear excerpts of The Strange Parade on our MUSIC page or on our page at MySpace and read further details and see credits here. We hope you enjoy!!
THANKS FROM INVERT
A big Inverted thanks goes out to all those who came out on Sunday May 13 for our show at a very cool intimate club in the Lower East Side of NYC - The Living Room on Ludlow Street. We played a number of favorites from our new CD and premiered a brand new latin inspired piece by Steve Berson entitled "Ritmo Elegante." It was truly a fun evening for us playing on a great bill with three other amazing acts - Rebecca Moore (with whom Steve played electric cello with that night), Jaggery, and Myth of Mitch.
More thanks go out to all who came to our very first show in Philadelphia PA where we played for a private reception for an art gallery show at The F.U.E.L. Collection on Wednesday May 2nd. A special treat for us was having Eve Miller, the cellist for Rachel's, join us for a number of improvisations at the show. A special thanks goes out to Justin Berger for inviting us to perform at this event and to all the great people at F.U.E.L. for making it such a great experience.
MORE THANKS FROM INVERT
A huge Invert thanks goes to all of those who came out for our two shows in April. The first was Tuesday, April 10 at the University of Maryland in College Park, where we performed in the beautiful Gildenhorn Recital Hall as part of their "Take Five" series. We had a fantastic time playing in front of an incredibly responsive audience (most who were hearing us for the very first time). A special thanks also goes out to the awesome staff at the U of Md. for their help in making the concert go so smoothly.
Our second show in April was at the Issue Project Room, an ultra-cool new music venue in what used to be an oil storeage silo in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, where we celebrated the release of our brand new 3rd CD, The Strange Parade. We did this one "eighteenth century stylie" playing completely acoustically with the room lit only by candles. This was truly a special event for us getting to play in front of great friends in a magnificent sounding room. Special thanks goes to Suzanne Fiol, Niles, Tom and all the rest of the cool crew at Issue for contributing amazingly positive vibes to the night, and to the Nick Rosen Quartet for playing a great opening set for the night.
VIDEO OF TRINITY CHURCH PERFORMANCE NOW ONLINE!
For those who missed our performance at the historic, beautiful and acoustically amazing Trinity Church on Wall Street here in New York (where we performed on November 30 as part of their "Concerts at One" series) - you can now view an archive of this performance online with Windows Media Player by going to:
A gigantic inverted thanks goes out to all the wonderful folks who attended this performance and to the great staff and curators at Trinity who made our performance and this video possible.
ROBERT POLLARD EP FEATURES 3/4 INVERT
We're excited to announce that the new EP length CD "Silverfish Trivia" from Robert Pollard, vocalist and songwriter with indie rock legends Guided By Voices, features string arrangements by Invert's own Chris George and performances by three of Invert's members on the tracks "Come Outside" and "Speak In Many Colors." It will be the first release from Pollard's new label "Prom Is Coming" in April 2007.
NEW WEBSITE ADDRESS: INVERTMUSIC.ORG >
OLD DOMAIN NAME KIDNAPPED!!
As should be obvious if you are viewing this our old invert.org website address unfortunately no longer leads you to us. Our new official website address is now invertmusic.org. This is due to us not being given notice by our registrar that our domain registration was going to expire in February of this year because we forgot to keep our contact email up to date with them - and then when we went to renew the registration we found out that it was already purchased out from under us!! So the lesson learned, besides that cellists make very poor webmasters sometimes, is that if there are domain names that you value it's vital to make sure your website's registration is secure and up to date! We're confident that invertmusic.org will remain with us for a good while - so please update all your bookmarks or links back to us to our new website address!
INVERT + KATE MOSS?!?
In an interesting and very cool turn of events Vanity Fair has used our version of The Beatle's "Tomorrow Never Knows" as the backing soundtrack for a video they've posted on their website of a recent photo shoot of super-model Kate Moss doing her very best Marlene Dietrich.
You can view it here: Vanity Fair / Kate Moss Video
Hope you enjoy!
THANKS FROM INVERT
A big Invert thanks goes out to everyone who came out to our first show of the New Year at Mo Pitkins on February 6th. We had a blast playing at this comfy intimate space for an incredibly appreciative audience. Shout outs also go to Leanne Darling for her amazing opening set of viola with looping electronics - and to Brice Rosenbloom and all the other cool people at Mo's for making the show possible.