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location: Parker, Colorado
last login: December 1, 2006
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about Gary Snipes and the Eclectic Orchestra:
I Wonder is the debut album from singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gary Snipes.

Gary Snipes is a musician of immense talent and diversity. He has been touring and recording for many years, and has now fused offerings from an array of styles into one remarkably adventurous full-length CD, in which he is accompanied by a group of musicians with similarly open minds. Says Gary “I see the Eclectic Orchestra as a dynamically diverse ever-evolving musical entity bridging a variety of musical genres.”

I Wonder is an eclectic collection incorporating a variety of musical styles, yet Gary's innate sense of melody is maintained throughout. Producer Scott Kinnear utilizes strings, horns and light orchestration to compliment Gary's unique flat-pick style guitar playing.

The album showcases the songs that Gary has accumulated over the years. They address the many moods and experiences from throughout his life. "Music is a way of expressing moods for me and I enjoy writing melodies that express emotion” said Snipes. “Music has been my passion since early childhood, through most of my life I was making up melodies in my head, so basically I was daydreaming too much."

Gary's musical background includes some bizarre projects as well as touring with a variety of bands from blues to art rock & classical. He has arranged music for several Dinner Playhouse productions, a jazzy score for a made-for-TV movie about romance and heartbreak and the soundtrack for a narrated Halloween story about wizards. He has also contributed to a punk-rock compilation, a ballet production of The Little Mermaid and ambient pieces for The American Outreach program on positive living. He has even recently performed a blues concert at a prison. Variety, as they say, is most definitely the spice of Gary's life.

This incredible diversity is exemplified in I Wonder, so don't expect to settle into a groove listening to this album. It bounds from Circle of Life, where Gary plays eight different classic guitars to produce a mathematically precise, yet skewed take on blues and rock, to the title track I Wonder, a kind of “folk rap sonic document” in the life of Gary Snipes. Fat Tire is sheer adrenaline - a high speed acoustic guitar assault on a downhill journey over the single track path of mountain bike racing, while Colfax Avenue is a gritty urban hard rocker with appreciation for life on the street stating “so you think I'm slow well at least I'm free”. Like emotions, the songs on this album are subject to change without notice, so let go and let it take you where it will.

I Wonder is available on CD Baby and IWONDERCD.COM For further information contact Gary's producer Scott Kinnear at scott@kinnearkreations.com



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The Eclectic Orchestra is the life blood & brain child, of Singer/Songwriter, Guitarist/Composer Gary Snipes. The conception has been evolving for a number of years. All songs were written by Gary Snipes except The River Song by Shelton Smith, performed by Smith & Snipes. Shelton Smith , Bluesman extraordinaire, currently with Sonny Boy and Money & the Serious Business Blues Band , was a long time childhood collaborator of Gary Snipes. Both grew up children of military families, traveling and relocatingthroughout the United States and Western Europe, writing and performing together. The bands Destiny and WW3 were spawned from this creative union. That collaboration team morphed into what is now the Eclectic Orchestra of today. In celebration of that collaboration, we have included the River Song in this project. Shelton Smith has also contributed guitar tracks tothe CD songs It don't matter and Just like on TV.The remaining members of the Eclectic Orchestra vary between Studio Musicians, Performance Band Members and current co-composers. Another notable member of the Band is Mark Boger of the Egamufin Band.. Co-corroborator of the Eclectic vision and composer of the hit Blood Red Moon, Mark brings his song into the Live Eclectic play list. Mark Boger is featured on the CD, as well as being a vital part of the performance group, and shows his versatility on Guitar, Vocals and Bass.One more very noteworthy member of the band is the lovely and talented young veteran Studio Musician Whitney Ohman. Whitney's contribution was massive. Her vocal skills are evident on the songs Love Will and What a Day, as well as Sunrise Country Sunday. Whitney brought to the project a strong, sultry and confident style that turned out to be the perfect compliment to Gary's vocal exchanges in Love Will. Her celestial vocal voracity brought the tender chords of Sunrise Country Sunday over the horizon.A recent addition to the current lineup is Randy Mummert. Randy comes from the side project band Blue Northern. He brings his hit She Took All of my Money to the live play list. Randy is an accomplished Guitarist, Singer/Songwriter, who also plays Sax and Keyboard. Randy received his degree in music.This project came together with the efforts of many unsung hero musicians, such as orchestra member Bill Hammaker, who played French Horn and Harmonica on the CD and spent hours transposing early MIDI tracks to workable Horn tracks on Love Will. Sarah Kaspar, who played violin on What a day and Sunrise Country Sunday. Andrea Myers, who played Cello on What a Day. Kate Hagerty, who played Violin and Viola on Sunrise Country Sunday. Shane Strate, who smoothed over the Cello and horn tracks, and played electronic Clarinet, and Kae Pilate, studio stand in on Piano for What a Day. Also,thanks to Brian Austin for his early Engineering prowess, as well his creative guitar addition to the Colfax Avenue song. Kudos to Ken Howard and Doug Kirkelie for their steadfast rhythm, and also to Denis Hynds who co-engineered many of the more difficult mixes requiring two sets of hands, also Drummed on two Studio tracks Working and TV. Tiana Thompson plays Cello and Sax in the performance lineup with Richard Jackson on Harmonica, Vocals and Keyboards. The Band even got a little help from two of Gary's six children, with Larry on Bass and Alandis on Congas. Another recent inductee is Steve Kinney on Sax, an amazing horn player with a Music degree from the University of California Berkley who helps bring new dimension to the current band. John Meraz doubled on Electric Guitar during live shows, exchanging leads with Gary.Long time Eclectic Member Sandra Cash, evens out the live performance band with the spirit needed to win an audience. Her stage presence is quite Joplinesk. Her live rendition of Love Will is thoroughly enchanting. The strength of her voice can be heard on the CD's title track I Wonder (the Ballad of Gary and Martha), a song written about the adventures of coming of age with wife Martha., concluding with the line, Sometimes I wonder about us.The driving force behind the Eclectic Orchestra is without a doubt the soaring guitar mastery woven throughout each song, that plays out like the Soundtrack to the life of one songwriter; Gary Snipes. The musical cast that supports the Eclectic Orchestra amounts to over thirty musicians. Without Gary's vision and their support, this endeavor would not have been possible. Gary has contributed acting and musically to several local dinner playhouse productions like Music Man, The Odyssey and Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Gary's current obsession is his crusade to feed the homeless. Gary lives by the old Tull code. It's only the giving that makes you what you are. He has promoted benefit concerts and weekly free Sunday lunches in the park to the needy for years.
influences:
Chet Atkins, Les Paul,Jimi Hendrix,Jimmi Page,John Williams
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All composing, arranging, and rough takes are done at Pulsar Productions Gary Snipes & Scott Kinnear. All orchestration is created as MIDI tracks, demo tracks are layered for consideration prior to recording sessions. Then musicians are brought in to replace the MIDI tracks with real orchestration. The recording process is completed at Morningstar Recording Owned and operated by Doug Wells, Chief Engineer Production Engineer Tim Acheson Assistant Engineer Denis Hynds. The Morningstar Recording Studio is a full service, state of the art facility with over 25 years of experience in professional audio production with high-end processing utilizing vintage European digital/tube equipment. Editing and Mastering are finalized at the Sounds Great Studio finishing lab under the direction of Tim Acheson and KinnearKreations. Tim is a relentless auditory perfectionist, and a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences Degree from Full Sail School of Recording Arts in Winter Park, Florida. His mixes are immaculate. Other projects Tim has engineered are: Oakhurst, Fen Hollen , Garden of Gant, Debbie Lyons, and Father Apostolos. All graphic finalization was completed at the Sounds Great finishing lab.
external links:
kinnearkreations.com,iwondercd.com,cdbaby.com/cd/gsateo,myspace.com/garysnipesandtheeclecticorchestra
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KinnearKreations scott@kinnearkreations.com
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