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Convergence

Evanston, Illinois, United States | INDIE

Evanston, Illinois, United States | INDIE
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""With great production and musicianship that balances and aids the songwriting talent and emotional presentation from Convergence, Umbrella Spokes is a physical representation of the 'total package'.""

Convergence: Umbrella Spokes

I always love when I hear a song and it tells a story, yet there are enough dynamic words to allow each listener to develop his own story. Convergence's album, Umbrella Spokes, contains the themes of fate, transformation, universal truth, hope, love, loss, and personal renewal. Not only is every song a story in and of itself, but the album as a whole displays a personal journey of the alchemical power of changing yourself internally and also re-kindling a relationship that needed restructuring and understanding from both parts to remain healthy. I was very happy to work with Convergence on 'Run Away' and to be a part of the project. From the positive and spiritually minded first track 'Constellation', which features a beautifully arranged strings section, to the hum of the organ in 'Alchemy' to my favorite track 'Through the Looking Glass', Umbrella Spokes contains sonic accents throughout that perfectly balance the serene voice of Convergence and the positive message his music relays to live your life to the fullest and cherish your mistakes as makers of your destiny and tools to help transform one's self.

Convergence uses the timeless symbol of water to represent the emotional upheaval that occurs in a failed relationship. The title Umbrella Spokes suggests the image of a person just taking their guard down after an emotional storm, and stepping out to meet a new day that awaits them. This album is an album for everyone, the symbolism in the lyrics lush and vivid enough to allow for a deep and personal interpretation, and the melodies and rhythms catchy enough to satisfy the more relaxed listener.

The album contains several earth and water symbols that help to convey how a relationship can either be a grounding force or a tumultuous force that shakes us like a storm, and it also delivers healing potential, capable of returning a person who has experienced loss to a more grounded and appreciative state.

With great production and musicianship that balances and aids the songwriting talent and emotional presentation from Convergence, Umbrella Spokes is a physical representation of the 'total package' and is a present to the musical world in an era where it seems harder and harder to find artists with deep artistic integrity. When I finished listening to the entire album, I felt refreshed and hopeful and decided to renew the vows I have made to myself and to others in my life. It is an album that celebrates and honors the sacredness of promise…..and I PROMISE that you'll be seeing and hearing a lot more from Convergence in the future.

Favorite tracks: Through the Looking Glass' (11), 'Run Away' (3), 'Constellation' (1), 'Surrender' (7)

Review by Morgan McPherson
April 2011 - Morgan McPherson - Morgan McPherson (2011)


""Umbrella Spokes is a combination of thoughtful songs, vibrant strings and eloquent harmonies leading you to a complete listening experience.""

Umbrella Spokes is a combination of thoughtful songs, vibrant strings and eloquent harmonies leading you to a complete listening experience. Fantastic production and honest vocals! - Dale Baker - Sixpence None the Richer (2011)


""[A great sounding album] my compliments to the production/engineering team.""

[A great sounding album] my compliments to the production/engineering team. In addition and more importantly, beautiful songs and great vocals. So nice to hear awesome and HONEST sounding vocals. - Dave McNair - Sterling Sound (2011)


""The easy comparison is to groups like The Swell Season and The Weepies in both the style of the music and it’s performance by a male/female duo.""

The easy comparison is to groups like The Swell Season and The Weepies in both the style of the music and it’s performance by a male/female duo. Convergence could easily fit on the bill with any of them, and win over their fans.

With a slight breathy delivery, Rob’s vocals are also reminiscent of singers such as Matt Nathanson, and maybe even Brian Vander Ark of the late 90s band The Verve Pipe (ie. the mega-hit “Freshmen”). - John Kozicki - Music & Rock School (2011)


""Umbrella Spokes is an honest, thoughtful, and heartfelt collection of songs.""

Umbrella Spokes is an honest, thoughtful, and heartfelt collection of songs. I enjoyed participating in its writing, producing, and mixing with Rob. It holds it own as a contemporary commercial rock album while not fearing to take a twist or a turn into the unexpected every now and then. 'Constellation,' 'Color Blind,' and the title track are among the best productions to have been created at our studio. Great album! - Mike Garrigan - Two Egrets Media Recording (2011)


""[Light of Day is] a cool collection of songs. Fairly mellow, lyrically thought provoking...I enjoyed working on it. I'm sure they'd like for you to consider listening to it, too.""

"[Light of Day is] a cool collection of songs. Fairly mellow, lyrically thought provoking...I enjoyed working on it. I'm sure they'd like for you to consider listening to it, too." - Mike Garrigan - Two Egrets Media Recording (2008)


""The songs on Light of Day are musically mature without getting too complex, reminiscent of bands like The Frames, The Damnwells and Howie Day. Rob really has a knack for capturing emotion in his music and presenting it in a way that’s relatable – in a wa"

You know how Nine Inch Nails is a band, but it’s really just Trent Reznor’s creative vehicle? Robert Jarosinski and Convergence are like the alternative/acoustic equivalent. Convergence is the group, but Rob is the singer, songwriter, guitar player and general driving force behind the project. While other musicians get involved for recording and live performances, simply put, without Rob, there is no Convergence.

I met Rob while working at the Denver School of Music in 2004. Rob was already playing guitar and writing a bit, but wanted his lessons to really focus on songwriting. I eventually convinced him to join me at a couple of open mic’s to perform his songs, and I’m glad he did, because it really propelled his creativity.

Now based in Chicago, Rob released the first Convergence EP, Light of Day, in August 2008 after collaborating with producer Danny Shaffer (credits include alt-princess Liz Phair). Commenting on the almost year-long writing and recording process, Rob admits that he had “no idea what he was getting [himself] into,” but he’s very happy with the final product. And he should be!

The songs on Light of Day are musically mature without getting too complex, reminiscent of bands like The Frames, The Damnwells and Howie Day. Rob really has a knack for capturing emotion in his music and presenting it in a way that’s relatable – in a way that compels you to hum along.

With the success of the first EP under his belt, Rob is currently writing songs for a full-length Convergence release due in 2010. This time around Rob is working with producer Mike Garrigan. On the collaboration with Garrigan, Rob said, “[it’s] a real treat, since he used to be the front-man for Collapsis and lead guitarist for Athenaeum. Two of my favorite bands!” Convergence plans to begin showcasing the new material in April 2009 and playing live through the summer and fall.
Rob’s advice for young musicians:

“Whatever you do, DON’T STOP! Don’t stop writing. Don’t stop playing. Don’t stop doing whatever it is that makes you happy despite the obstacles. Find a way to get to your destination.”

Great advice, Rob! Check out the following links for more on Convergence, and if you like what you hear, please support independent music by purchasing a CD (through the Convergence MySpace profile). - John Kozicki - Music & Rock School (2009)


""Most Awesome band I've ever heard""

"Most Awesome band I've ever heard" - Josh Elder - Chief Awesomeness Officer, American Awesome Association (2009)


Discography

"Light of Day" EP (September 2008)
"Returned to the Day" EP (October 2009)
"Umbrella Spokes" LP (April 2011)

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Robert Jarosinski, 28, and his newly wedded wife Carrie, 27, are a common fixture at clubs, bars and cafés. Armed with an acoustic guitar, cello, and heart on sleave vocals, the two bring their brand of progressive acoustic music to the massess, but they were a couple before they were a band.

“When we met, neither of us knew the other played music,” says Carrie, a classically trained cellist who provides string accompaniment and back-up vocals. “I’m actually surprised he didn’t use it as a pick-up line.”

Rob, an acoustic singer/songwriter, had been performing under the name Convergence since 2008. He’d released a few solo EPs, but felt that something was…missing.

“The stage is a big place, and I’ve always preferred to share it with someone willing to get up there with me and create something unique in that moment,” says Rob.

In Carrie he found a soulmate and a bandmate, and now the two are preparing for the release of their first full-length album “Umbrella Spokes” in the spring of 2011. The album explores various genres and musical styles, but retains the singer/songwriter feel that Convergence has always been known for.

Rob and Carrie cite artists like the Cary Brothers, The Damnwells, Matt Nathanson, NeedtoBreathe, Swell Season, and The Weepies as major influences on their sound and their humorous onstage personas.

“We’re both influenced by some many different artists, and we wanted that to be reflected in the upcoming record,” explains Rob.

“Umbrella Spokes” is being produced/mixed by friend and co-writer Mike Garrigan of Athenaeum and Collapsis at Two Egrets studios www.twoegrets.com and Fidelitorium www.fidelitorium.com in North Carolina. The album features performances by Mike on guitar, bass, keys, and background vocals www.mikegarrigan.com, Dale Baker on drums (Sixpence None the Richer) www.dalebakerdrummer.com, Wade Baynham on strings, Morgan McPherson on vocals www.morganmcphersonmusic.com, Holly Garrigan on backing vocals, and will be mastered by Dave McNair (The Damnwells, O.A.R., Sara Bareilles) www.sterling-sound.com.

“It’s definitely a professional album, but we wanted the essence of our more intimate live shows to be present in every track,” says Carrie.

Since joining forces on stage and in life, the newlyweds have been playing shows around the country to rave reviews. Their songs deal with universal themes, employing elegant vocal harmonies and a melodic synthesis of cello and acoustic guitar to create a unique musical experience.

Be sure to look for these two in a city near you and “Umbrella Spokes” in stores and on iTunes in 2011!