CYPRESS SOUTH           planetarium concerts

CYPRESS SOUTH planetarium concerts

 USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

"Sue Wilkinson has a gorgeous voice, no doubt, like some shimmering symphony of nature."
Atlanta's Creative Loafing:
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Biography

Cypress South the musical duo had a dream! The premise was this: What if they took their lush, powerful, vocal ambient music reminiscent of Pink Floyd, Sade, and Hearts of Space and paired it with a mesmerizing, one of a kind imagery created to sync in perfect real time with their music. Then carry that unique experience to venues seeking a thought provoking, positive, sophisticated performance.. With a little research and stroke of luck they heard about the new full dome projectors in planetariums around the world and knew immediately that THIS was the perfect place to bring their live shows!! Their contact with Minolta lead to integrating Cypress South's technology with the new full dome projector technology to create an exciting new way to experience music! And that is the way dreams morph into reality!!

The Music- Cypress South is an immersive multimedia experience involving ambient, vocal driven music, combined with live digital imagery. While Cypress South's music has an ambient quality; it is not purely meditative in content. Being vocal driven, there are actual songs with verses, choruses, and engaging lyrics to stimulate the listener. The music is performed by the duo of Sue Wilkinson and Michael Cady. However, the instrumentation, and the use of a loop station, conspire to generate much more music than would ever normally be associated with a duo Sue Wilkinson uses her keyboard to create drum tracks, recurring motifs, and sonic beds, over which she will then play other parts, including solos. Even more striking are her vocals. She sings with an incredibly clear and powerful voice, and with the help of the looper, will create live and on the spot, one or more vocal tracks; which she then will harmonize along with in real time.

Michael Cady's main instrument is a 7-string bass which Michael helped design and custom. He records a bass line and then play melodies or solos when the created loop is replayed. He may bang on the strings to create a drum loop. Michael also used an Ebow, or electronic bow to create a bowed string instrument effect, and will layer looped tracks to create a string section Michael sits on a Cajone, a box drum, and uses it to create percussion loops as well. The music that transpires is all original and unique to Cypress South with a few choice covers that work well in a planetarium setting. A couple of their favorites are a rousing version of 2001: A Space Odessey as well as Don McLean's Starry Starry Night. You might also hear CS's version of Bob Marley's Stir It Up.

The Imagery- Michael O'Bannon uses various video clips; which are ethereal, color shifting, and geometrical in nature, and brings them in at opportune moments in concert with the music. While the clips are playing, he manipulates them live to create a mesmerizing visual experience, that is unique to each performance! Michael will tailor the raw clips to the specs of any planetarium to create the optimal visual impact inside the dome!

Plans For Marketing - CS has extensive email lists and FaceBook contacts whice we use to promote every show. We can provide professional promo material that each planetarium can use to market to their contact list, and other usual marketing avenues. We can create a presence in publications that the facility suggests as good sources of exposure, and we are open to any suggestions has for successful marketing of the show.
agreement in which we receive a 60-40 split of the proceeds, with a guaranteed $600 minimum compensation.

Further Considerations: We like to have the performance professionally videoed and subsequently edited. Once edited, the final products could be shared. One product would be a promo piece; which could be posted on the planetariums website as an exciting example of the cutting edge shows which are capable of being produced in the planetarium. The other would be a full length DVD; which could be sold in your gift shop or website.
ADDED BONUS: CLINICS Sue: presents a vocal clinic, piano clinic, harmony singing clinic (any age group) . Michael presents a bass clinic as well as a "music for small kids clinic" using tuba, bass, and yo yo's and a Bass clinic for all levels!!

LIVE:

Valby Culturehouse, Copenhagen Denmark
Agnes Scott College Bradley Observatory
Burnley International Blues Festival , England
The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen Scotland
The Yokohama Hotel, Japan
The 12 Bar Club, London England
The Musician, Leicester, England
The Studio, Hartlepool, England
Yokohama Hotel, Yokohama Japan
The Bluebird Cafe Nashville, Tn.
The Variety Playhouse (opened for Acoustic Alchemy)
Center Stage Theater Atlanta (opened for Kansas)
Lakewood Amphitheater
Eddie's Attic, Atlanta Ga.
Smith's Olde Bar (opened for Hem)
Mable House Amphitheater (opened for Art Garfunkle)
Piccolo Spoleto Fe

Lyrics

Sympatico

Written By: Patrick O'Hearn/Sue G. Wilkinson

SYMPATICO OHEARN/WILKINSON
verse:
Native Tongues feather by
Satin sheets dampened by your sighs
You have me by my wings
Your my sun, my moon, everything

Chorus:
Oh Sympatico
There you go from me
Like a caravelle headed out to sea
Oh Sympatico must it be my dream?
As you fade away can I fall asleep?

Verse
Holiday hearts explode
Memories down Gauva Road
To find your face with the night
Black wind, cool sea, planet lights
Chorus:

Oh Sympatico
There you go from me
Like a caravelle headed out to sea
Oh Sympatico must it be my dream?
As you fade away can I fall asleep?

Wash Away

Written By: Sue G. Wilkinson

WASH AWAY MY HEART WILKINSON

verse:
There's a road less traveled
A place so hard to find
Oh and I see you clear across it
And I see my baby crying
If it takes you forever
Yea, to hold my little hand
It don't make no difference darling
Cuz I swear I'll take you there.

chorus:
You can wash away a brand new start
You can tear the chance to love apart
But you can't avoid a willing heart
So don't wash away my heart
Don't tear it all apart
Don't wash away my heart
You can't wash away my heart

verse:
You can run from the living
You can hide in that foolish dark
And you can drown the joy worth giving
And the love in you own back yard
Well I swear it's not over
All the hope I feel inside my heart
Well and here...surprise my darlin'
Well the end is the place to start

chorus:
But you can't avoid a willing heart
You can tear the chance to love apart
You can wash away a brand new start
So don't wash away my heart
Don't tear it all apart
Don't wash away my heart. You can't wash away my heart

bridge:
Sweet dreams cannot hold you here
wishing cannot keep you near

chorus:
You can wash away a brand new start
You can tear the chance to love apart
But you can't avoid a willing heart
So don't wash away my heart
Don't tear it all apart
Don't wash away my heart
You can't wash away my heart

wash away wash away my heart
wash away wash away my heart
wash away wash away my heart

Discography

TREASURE, full-length CD
Little Crimes full-length CD
What's up in the Attic Eddie's Attic Compilation
Sue Wilkinson Live at Eddie's Attic DVD
MP3. com's Downtempo Trip-Hop Lounge Music Compilation
Nophi Presents: Compilation Four
Tantara Records Great New Rhythm & Blues European Release
Shut Eye Records No Y CD, a nationally released all-female compilation

Set List

Box
Bitter Girl
Hold My Heart
War is Obsolete
See About Me
Help Me Help You
Work It Out
Big Black Woman
Hold On To Happiness
Lack of Trying
Whipping Post

SGW Band is primarily Original music composed by Sue Wilkinson with a smattering of covers.