Black Mountain Symphony

Black Mountain Symphony

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From baroque classical violin and haunting folk-tinged ballads to funk-rock drums and hard-hitting dance numbers, Black Mountain Symphony sprinkles their live sets with hints of everything from classical music to bits of Motown, blues and jazz!

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Black Mountain Symphony showcases an eclectic range of influences, blended together to create their own special sound. From baroque classical violin and haunting folk-tinged ballads to funk-rock drums and hard-hitting dance numbers, the five piece band sprinkles their live sets with hints of everything from classical music to bits of Motown, blues and jazz.

Evocative of such artists as Fleetwood Mac, The Corrs, Yes, Belle & Sebastian, Damien Rice, Guster and The Dave Matthews Band, the group implements the same skill and vision on cover tunes as they do in their own carefully crafted compositions, and in the process manage to capture something unique and refreshing... This is Black Mountain Symphony.

"Many CD's will claim to defy a specific genre label, but Black Mountain Symphony's redefines eclectic here. The music combines synthesized rock grooves with classic jazz rhythms and you don't have to listen too closely to hear Americana and bluegrass elements here either. Evidence of the rich diverse nature is found on their CD baby page, where in addition to samples of their eleven original songs you'll find the music recommended to both fans of the sounds of Fleetwood Mac and Yes. Enough said." -Arthur Gonick (Pulse, Saratoga Today)

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

'Redefining Eclectic!' 5/5 Stars
"An often over used buzzword, "eclectic" finds a real home in the description of this band. The cd is polished & offers an impressive range of musical genres. Their live performances bring all ages & bring out the dancer in all of us. When a middle aged woman like me feels right as rain dancing with the dred head, jam band loving stranger next to me....well, you just know BMS is on to something special. Catch them now, so you can boast to your friends one day that you saw this soon to be super group 'back when'." -"Coleen" (via CD Baby Reviews)

'Awesome Album!' 5/5 Stars
"I had the pleasure of discovering Black Mountain Symphony when my friends' band opened for them one night. I can honestly say that I was blown away by their performance. The music is catchy and they are very talented musicians. I've recommended this album to every one I know and so far, I haven't heard a single complaint. Check it out - you won't be disappointed." -"Tam" (via CD Baby Reviews)

One thing great about this group: they fit so many areas. No ones out there like Black Mountain Symphony, these guys are unique The champagne of eclectic music Its wonderful! I mean it throws you, because you think bluegrass one minute and then the violin comes in and then the keyboard comes in and then it sounds completely different. Its so wonderful! I dont mean to go on and on, but Im really becoming a really big fan. I just have never heard anything like it. Its wonderful, its refreshing and its not a softdrink. -Stephanie Fisher (New Voices, NYTalkRadio.net)

"Opening for the Texans was the similarly unclassifiable quasi-Albany-based 6-piece, Black Mountain Symphony. Their opening number featured some beautiful violin and an instrument I can only describe as some sort of Native American v-shaped flute. Their music moved from punk-esque high energy rock to borderline folk music to pop rock to jazz. All of the band members doubled their duties, either playing multiple instruments or taking lead vocals at various times. Drummer Bill Palinski showed charisma in his between song banter rarely seen in local musicians. The bands sound is refreshing and unique and, though it wasnt even remotely similar to The Black and White Years, they were a good fit as a second act. If nothing else, bass and guitar combo Orion and C. Rollz provided the facial hair to complement the Texans. In the end, it was a night of mustaches and madness; beer, bass, and beats; great tunes and new friendships forged. Members of both bands spent time with fans and made CDs and other merchandise available. The space at Putnam Den was about as perfect as it could get for the show, with an open floor, raised stage, and an atypical large number of bathrooms." -Randy Rose (The Knickerbocker Ledger, KnickLedger.com)

'Great Sound!' 5/5 Stars
"I bought this cd shortly after it came out and i loved all of it. it is an amazing mix of styles, a good solid debut..." -Timothy Burt (via iTunes Customer Reviews)

'Great New Sound!' 5/5 Stars
"I like the CD. There is music to please every musical taste!" -"Stockwoodac" (via iTunes Customer Reviews)

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RADIO PLAY:

WEQX 102.7 FM The Real Alternative - Manchester/Albany
(and featured on "EQX-Posure" wit

Discography

"Black Mountain Symphony" - The Debut Full-Length Album, Released in November 2009.
Recorded with Grammy Nominated Engineer, Charlie Eble*
*Nominee: Best Gospel Album of the Year, "Got to Serve Somebody" The Gospel of Bob Dylan / Columbia Records (2003)

"Many CD's will claim to defy a specific genre label, but Black Mountain Symphony's redefines eclectic here. The music combines synthesized rock grooves with classic jazz rhythms and you don't have to listen too closely to hear Americana and bluegrass elements here either. Evidence of the rich diverse nature is found on their CD baby page, where in addition to samples of their eleven original songs you'll find the music recommended to both fans of the sounds of Fleetwood Mac and Yes. Enough said." -Arthur Gonick (Pulse, Saratoga Today)

CD Release Party: Friday, November 20th at The Red Square in Albany, NY.
w/ special guests Wounded Buffalo Theory, The 7th Squeeze and So They Called Us Liars

Available Now on iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/black-mountain-symphony/id370398347?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Set List

Sets Range in Length. Black Mountain Symphony is able to perform showcase sets as well as full 3+ hour shows.

Performing Mostly Original Material.

Example of Set List:

1.
Cradle
Right Proper
Grandfather
Winter Nights
Good Fremin
Carolina
Possible Failure
We the People

2.
Stop Stopping
Popsicle
Mr. Monkeypants
Upstate
Window Paine
Tetherball
Scorched Earth
Foreign Forest Tongues
You Drive Me Home

Examples of Cover Songs Performed in the Past:
"Ready or Not" - The Fugees
"The Promise" - When in Rome
"The Lighthouse's Tale" - Nickel Creek
"The Fox" - Trad. / Nickel Creek
"Big Boss Man" - Jimmy Reed / Grateful Dead
"I Melt with You" - Modern English
"Rain" - The Beatles
"Buenas Tardes Amigo" - Ween
"Summertime" - George Gershwin
"Come Out Ye Black and Tans" - Dominic Behan / The Wolfe Tones