Fermata

Fermata

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Combining the intimacy of chamber music with the boldness of rock, Fermata weaves together a fresh sound. The union of traditional string instruments with hard-edged rock ballads and complex song structures forms the foundation of what Fermata calls �acoustic chamber rock."

Biography

Combining the intimacy of chamber music with the boldness of rock, Fermata weaves together a sound that is fresh and invigorating. The union of traditional string instruments with hard-edged rock ballads and complex song structures forms the foundation of what Fermata calls �acoustic chamber rock.� Fermata aims to push the limits of acoustic string music by blurring the lines between traditional genres such as classical, pop, folk, rock and bluegrass and finding new techniques to pull percussion and energy from stringed instruments.

In 2005 Jon Koschoreck founded Fermata as a way to bring his music to audiences. As Fermata�s lead songwriter and guitarist, Koschoreck has been the major force behind the music, helping to guide the group as it searches to be original and profound. The inspiration for many of Fermata�s songs comes from personal experiences as well as fiction. Some of the songs are based on Koschoreck�s novellas, giving the songs additional depth and detail. In all of the songs, Fermata aims to combine melody and harmony with the poetry of the words to create art that is dramatic and moving.

Originating as an electric rock group, Fermata was retooled in 2007 as an acoustic ensemble. The acoustic instruments match Koschoreck�s earthy, organic musical style. After bringing classically trained vocalist Lisa Mazza and bassist Cody Davis into the group, Fermata moved towards its new sound by recruiting Matt Manske on the mandolin and Karl Stuen on the viola. The stand-up bass forms the percussive and harmonic foundation of the ensemble with guitar and mandolin filling out the chords, harmony and rhythm. Soprano vocals intertwine with the viola to create haunting melody and counter-melody lines that soar through the aural textures. Coming from diverse backgrounds in rock, classical, jazz, and hip-hop music, the musicians of Fermata strive to break new ground with a sound that is both accessible and unique.

Lyrics

Gypsy Blood

Written By: Fermata

The space under my bed
I want to crawl beneath it.
The room in my head
Well I no longer need it.
Don’t you want to move?
Don’t you feel consumed?

Chorus:
And it’s in your blood
And it comes back to haunt us.
What have we done?
Are we filling empty graves?
And it’s in your blood
And it comes back to haunt us.
What have we done?
Are we filling empty graves?

The secrets that you kept
So closely armed and guarded.
My heart translucent
That’s when your silence started.
Don’t you want to move?
Don’t you feel consumed?

Chorus

Chorus

Why did you go?

Zura

Written By: Fermata

She said she never lived
The day to days just seemed to string together
They can get out of this small town.
You can’t live down the past
When it takes the present tense.

Chorus:
It was a hot Missouri July night
The sweat and the fireflies all night.
The town looked for them
They were nowhere to be found.
And when it rains
You can’t tell the difference
When the footprints became the stains
Of a growing resilience.

His daddy said he’d never be more than
He’s holding a part
Time’s running out get out while you can.
He’s already got a hold on you.
He said you’ll never be a man.

Chorus

Bridge:
Don’t hold me.

Chorus

Chorus

It was a hot Missouri July night
The sweat and the fireflies all night.
The town looked for them
They were nowhere to be found.

Cliffs

Written By: Fermata

You’ve been telling me
To go over the cliffs.
You’ve been wanting me to give up
I won’t be missed.
You’ve been begging me
To do away with all of this.
Darling, there’s no way in out.
Darling, there’s no way in or out.

I’ve been watching you
Ever since you’ve been in my midst.
I’ve been wanting to touch you
But somehow I still resist.
I’ve been longing to kiss
The scars upon your lips.
Darling, there’s no way in or out.
Darling, there’s no way in or out.
You’ve been begging me
To go over the cliffs.
You’ve been haunting me
And tempting me
And leading me.
Dear God do you even exist?
I’ve been locked in a room
I am telling the truth
With every one of my sins.
Darling, there’s no way in or out.
Darling, there’s no way in or out.

Is it worth that leap into the night?
Is a chance worth taking a chance
Worth changing your life?
Is it worth that leap into the night?

Ablaze

Written By: Jon Koshoreck

And it rained and the sirens came
And it got so very late
And off my black dress came
But in my arms you wouldn't stay
And oh, we couldn't wait 'cause we thought we were the same
I tried but the colors fade
No matter how hard my heart praises bliss
With imagine made till the threads of the garment fray
I thought that I knew your name but you don't believe in grace

Chorus:
And I, I was ablaze for you
And I was amazed by you
And I, I wanted change its true
Levitating in those days

And we fit like a serenade
Of the drops on an empty stage
We sew with imagine made
You don't need me I'm in your way hold on
Till the seasons change
Don't go, I won't be the same
My heart is a furnace flame
Extinguish me
I cannot wait

Chorus

How could I in good conscience stay?
How could I throw my heart away?

Chorus

Discography

EP released July 2008.

Full-length album "Only Ghosts Remain" released December 2008.

Set List

We typically perform sets between 1 and 1.5 hours in duration. The bulk of our sets consist of original songs but we also include some covers, depending on the venue.

Original songs:

Ablaze
Cliffs
Cold Frame
Dead End Road of Last October
Flicker of Flame
Floors Creak
Given Name
Gypsy Blood
Hidden Eden
I Swear To You I Can Hold My Breath Underwater
Instinct As Eyes
Into the Wild
Lion
More Than You
Only Ghosts Remain
Oklahoma
Second Story
Sirens
Subrosa
Vampire
The Woodsman
Widow
You Are
Zura