The Celia Faye Collective
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Celia Whiren and Ryan Meisel formed Method to the Madness Creative Music Ensemble in the spring of 2006. Both musicians were searching for new avenues of expression and communication through music. What came about was a truly unique concept based on the musician's experiences with nature, life, love, struggle, and peace. The ensemble features Whiren and Meisel on saxophones, winds, percussion, and the human voice.

Since the group's inception they have performed throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, and the Chicago area, they have been spotlighted at local art's centers, private parties, coffee houses, and art galleries.

Currently the ensemble is booking their CD release tour for Spring/Summer 2007. The CD is set to be released at the end of April; the band already has tour dates lined up in Madison, WI, Chicago and Genoa, IL. - The Green Lantern

This Saturday, February 3rd doors open at 8 pm at The Green Lantern
for a improvised collaboration between local music artists Celian
Whiren and Jacob Christopher. Saxophonist Celia Whiren and Artist
Jacob Christopher collaborate on a set of improvised electroacoustic
music as a sonic response to "Hot Mess" by Peter Hoffman and Caleb
Lyons. Celia plays various wind instruments through guitar effects
processors and sings. Simultaneously Jacob will be mixing on the
laptop with tape loops and hand-crafted instruments. The duo has never
met before and were put together by friends of the gallery.
Please join us! This is the closing ceremony for HOT MESS, it's BYOB
and there is a $5 suggested donation.
The Green Lantern is located at 1511 N Milwaukee ave., second floor
Chicago IL 60622 - Copper Press

The section entitled "Christmas in TV Land" I could have done without, but Wolfe's inventive arrangements made it amusing. The mournful, blasting trombone solo of Bryan Lokey in "Blue Christmas" (as a picture of Elvis was flashed on the screen) was funny and appropriate somehow. And the saxophone solo of Celia Whiren in "Charlie Brown's Skat-ing," as well as Rob Alley's trumpet part in "Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer," were both well executed. - The Tuscaloosa News

March 3, Hattiesburg Cultural Arts Center, downtown Hattiesburg, noon-1 p.m. - "Women in Creativity," a panel discussion, featuring Amanda Call, Rebekah Stark Johnson, Celia Whiren and Martina Sciolino. Co-sponsored by CSRW, Women's Studies Program and the Hattiesburg Arts Council. - Hattiesburg American

This year the band has many new members, and according to Villanueva, this new edition of the NIU Jazz Lab Band is a diamond in the rough, combining the experience of graduate teaching fellows such as Celia Whiren, Adam Cowger, Alejandro Fernandez and Ryan Meisel with the talent of a new breed of freshman members that are already very experienced players, some of them All State top performers in their instrument, such as Marybeth Kurnat (2005 Illinois High School Honors All State baritone saxophone), Mike Bjella (2006 Wisconsin High School Honors All State best jazz tenor and alto saxophone), Ron Jacoby (2004 honorable mention for his solo work on trombone in the Jazz at the Lincoln Center 9th Essentially Ellington High School Competition), Aaron Zepeda, Bryan Fritz and a drummer from Peru, Juan Pastor on percussion and drumset. - The Daily Chronicle-Dekalb, IL

HOT MESS, an exhibition of paintings by Caleb Lyons and Peter Hoffman, closes tonight with a "ceremony" including live improvised music by local saxophonist Celia Whiren and Jacob Christopher on laptop. These musical artists will be collaborating in response to the painting exhibition HOT MESS by Caleb Lyons and Peter Hoffman. Doors open at 8pm, BYOB, with a $5 suggested donation (all proceeds go to the musicians.) The Green Lantern,1511 N Milwaukee Ave., second floor. -


"Motion" Ryan Meisel Collective
"Method to the Madness" Method to the Madness Creative Music Ensemble
Celia Faye and the Blues Highway



"Nice voice, "girlish" & all-grown-up simultanoeusly."
-Mark Keresman, SF Weekly

You can take the girl out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of the girl. Just ask anyone she meets. Celia, a vocalist and saxophone player of 18+ years found her voice in jazz and blues at a young age. A diverse and dynamic front woman, Celia Faye leads audiences on a journey through her very own soul. Celia's sound represents her life's experiences- Southern roots of deep blues and jazz- a Midwestern tour of Chicago Blues and Jazz legends, a take on popular music like no other.

“I didn’t discover my passion for the blues until after I left the south. Living in the Midwest gave me some perspective about where I came from and who I am. The blues instantly became a natural means of expression.”

Celia Faye performs regularly in Milwaukee and Madison's surrounding communities with her trio "The Celia Faye Collective" which features Ryan Meisel on tenor and James Galasinski on Bass. Celia looks to perform in more festivals and larger music venues in the months to come. She was recently featured in the fourth anniversary show of Milwaukee's Chick Singer Night at Caroline's Jazz and Blues.

Celia is also an active music educator, sharing the gift of music with students of all ages.

Recent Accomplishments:
Featured in Milwaukee's Chick Singer Night, Feb 2009.

In May of 2008 Celia received her Masters degree in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University.

Awarded Outstanding Soloist, 2008 UW-Eau Claire Jazz Festival.

"Tenorist Celia Whiren shines, her deep-toned muscular horn getting in touch with her inner Dexter Gordon..."

"Celia Whiren, also a fine mainstream hard-bopper, has a most distinctive sound on tenor -- while influences of Rollins, Ammons, Getz, and Dewey Redman can be heard/felt, she's woven and subsumed these influences completely into her own style."