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"PSA March 23rd 04 RESPECTED LOCAL FIDDLER RETURNS TO STUDIO"

Moritz Behm explores personal loss with musical experimentation
Vancouver, BC, CANADA – It has been six years since Moritz Behm, the famed fiddler of
Bowen Island, released his successful debut album, My Anthem. Since then, the songwriter has
broken new ground: by fusing his brand of Celtic fiddle music with middle-eastern and classical
influences, his new songs explore the full spectrum of human emotions ranging from loss to
enlightenment. After a myriad of intensive songwriting, travelling, creative exploration, musical
experimentation and collaboration, Behm is now recording his next album at Baker Street
Studios in North Vancouver, BC, and expects to release his sophomore CD in the late spring.
Unexpected life events, including his mother’s recent death from cancer, have inspired his latest
songwriting. “My creative process has been cathartic and provided me with a feeling of closure,’
says Behm. “It’s helped me to accept loss and come to terms with change.” Bowen Island
continues to be a source of musical inspiration for the 33-year-old, who notes that “it’s an
artistically nurturing place.” He also derives inspiration from collaborating with other musicians,
including singer/songwriter John Bottomley, who has contributed great lyrical meaning to
Behm’s musical compositions.
Born in 1970 in Vancouver, Behm began training as a classical violinist at the age of eight. At
10, he discovered the fiddle and began playing with Bowen Island banjo player Jim McConnan,
eventually forming Moritz and The Fiddleheads at age 20. His musical influences include jazz
violinist Jean Luc Ponty, Ravi Shankar, Daniel Lanois, Led Zeppelin, Sarah McLachlan and
Ashley MacIsaac.
Behm has performed and recorded with The Paperboys, Barney Bentall and The Legendary
Hearts, Mad Pudding, The Colorifics, and Tom Taylor of She Stole My Beer. To date, My
Anthem has sold 1,700 copies and received extensive airplay across Canada. Behm regularly
collaborates with other musicians and comprises the other half of the Bowen Boys, who are a
regular act at the Dubhlinn Gate Pub in Whistler, BC. He has also performed at numerous
fundraising and private functions, including the Aids Walk in Vancouver.
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MEDIA: for more information or interviews, please contact:
Ange Frymire @ Vocal Point Communications, Tel: 604.734-0600 Fax: 604.734-0887
e-mail: afrymire@vocal-point.org OR ange-frymire@shaw.ca

- vocal point communications


"PSA May 5th 04 MORITZ BEHM PERFORMS AT SEATTLE’S NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL"

Vancouver, BC, CANADA – Bowen Island Moritz Behm will perform at Seattle’s Northwest Folklife Festival
2004 on May 31, 2004 in the Ranier Room. His showcase, called “Rhythm World Violin Magic” is from 2:20 to
2:50 pm, featuring Behm with band members Bazil Graham and Julie Vik. His performance can also be heard
on radio stations KSER (90.7 FM), KBCS (91.3 FM), KAOS (89.3 FM) and KBOO (90.7 FM).
The festival, going strong since 1972, is an integral supporter of traditional arts in the Northwest. Its Memorial
Day weekend four-day intensive attracts over 220,000 in attendance. “My show will be heartful,” says the
young Behm (pronounced “Bame”). “It’s just enough time to play about six of my favourite songs, including
four cherished tunes from my new CD, Beauty.”
Behm’s second CD, “Beauty” is being released on June 3, 2004 at the Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir Street in
Vancouver, BC, from 6-8pm. Colin Nairne, renowned guitarist for Barney Bentall & the Legendary Hearts,
produced the nine-song CD and will MC the party. “Moritz is an exceptional player,” says Nairne. “He has that
vision that takes the music to a level well beyond the average artist. In short, Moritz makes that fiddle dance.”
With a bevy of recording artists including Juno-award winner John Bottomley (T-Bone Burnett) and Coco Love
Alcorn, the CD is a showcase of Celtic fiddle music fused with middle-eastern and classical influences.
Current band members are Buff Allen (drums), Rob Bailey (bass), Teun Schut (guitar), Alisdair Taylor (piano),
Wayne Kozak (saxophone) and Bazil Graham (vocals). All musicians will be onstage at the release party, as
well as John Bottomley. Admission is $5.00, with partial proceeds being donated to the Western Canadian
Wilderness Committee (WCWC). For ticket information, the public can call the Railway Club at 604-681-1625.
Born in 1970 in Vancouver, Behm’s classical violin training started at the age of eight. At 10, he discovered
the fiddle and began playing with Bowen Island banjo player Jim McConnan, eventually forming Moritz and
The Fiddleheads at age 20. Behm has performed and recorded with The Paperboys, Barney Bentall and The
Legendary Hearts, Mad Pudding, The Colorifics and Tom Taylor of She Stole My Beer.
MEDIA: for more information or interviews, please contact:
Ange Frymire @ Vocal Point Communications, Tel: 604.734-0600 Fax: 604.734-0887
e-mail: ange-frymire@shaw.ca OR afrymire@vocal-point.org

- vocal point communications


"PSA May 26 04 MORITZ BEHM – BOWEN ISLAND FIDDLER – RELEASES SOPHOMORE CD"

Juno award-winner John Bottomley to appear as guest at CD Release Party
Vancouver, BC, CANADA – After spending six months recording at Treehouse Studios and, more recently,
at North Vancouver’s Baker Street Studios, Moritz Behm – Bowen Island’s token fiddler, violinist and
intrepid musical genius – emerges with nine songs heralding his second CD, Beauty.
Behm (pronounced “Bame”) will celebrate his success with the “Beauty CD Release Party,” at the Railway
Club, 579 Dunsmuir Street in Vancouver, BC, on June 3, 2004, from 6-8pm. Appearing with Behm is Junoaward
winner, John Bottomley (T-Bone Burnett), who also performed on the sophomore CD, which features a
mix of Celtic fiddle music fused with middle-eastern and classical influences.
Originally trained as a classical violinist, Behm’s music has reached a maturity that defines his musical
prowess. “I’m less solemn and more introspective,” he reflects. “My music is now about rhythm, awareness
and the power of global sounds.”
While his first CD, My Anthem, was full of sprightly Celtic jigs and reels, Beauty fuses Middle Eastern music,
Celtic, rock and classical with gypsy violin. Produced by Colin Nairne (Barney Bentall and The Legendary
Hearts/Colin James/The Paperboys), one of the Beauty songs, “Middle Eastern Passion,” blends that rhythmic
interplay with snatches of Led Zeppelin influences. The new sounds were fueled by a six-month trip to India
in 2000. While in Udaipur, Behm performed at the Shilpgram festival. The Indian musicians were so
captivated by Behm’s fiddling that they wrapped a band member’s turban around his head, encircled him and
improvised with their tablas and other traditional instruments.
Current band members are Buff Allen (drums), Peter Lepine (bass), Tom Taylor (guitar), Allistair Taylor
(piano), Wayne Kozak (saxophone) and Bazil Graham (vocals). All musicians will be onstage at the release
party. Admission is $5.00, with partial proceeds being donated to the Western Canadian Wilderness
Committee (WCWC). For ticket information, the public can call the Railway Club at 604-681-1625.
Born in 1970 in Vancouver, Behm’s classical violin training started at the age of eight. At 10, he discovered
the fiddle and began playing with Bowen Island banjo player Jim McConnan, eventually forming Moritz and
The Fiddleheads at age 20. His musical influences include jazz violinist Jean Luc Ponty, Ravi Shankar, Daniel
Lanois, Led Zeppelin, Sarah McLachlan and Ashley MacIsaac.
Behm has performed and recorded with The Paperboys, Barney Bentall and The Legendary Hearts, Mad
Pudding, The Colorifics, and Tom Taylor of She Stole My Beer. His debut CD, My Anthem, sold 1,700 copies
and received extensive airplay across Canada. Behm has performed at numerous fundraising and private
functions, including the Aids Walk in Vancouver and CNIB. He is also the other half of the Bowen Boys, a
regular act at the Dubhlinn Gate Pub in Whistler, BC.
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MEDIA: for more information or interviews, please contact:
Ange Frymire @ Vocal Point Communications, Tel: 604.734-0600 Fax: 604.734-0887
e-mail: ange-frymire@shaw.ca OR afrymire@vocal-point.org

- vocal point communications


"PSA June 2nd 04 CD Release Party"

Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA – On Thursday, June 3, 2004, Moritz Behm – Bowen
Island’s token fiddler, violinist and intrepid musical genius – will host an early evening of intimate,
introspective and eclectic music by some of Vancouver’s accomplished musicians and vocalists.
After spending six months recording at Treehouse Studios and, more recently, at North Vancouver’s
Baker Street Studios, he emerged with nine songs heralding his second CD, “Beauty.”
Appearing with Behm is Juno-award winner, John Bottomley (T-Bone Burnett), who also performed
on the sophomore CD with Coco Love Alcorn, which features a mix of Celtic fiddle music fused with
middle-eastern and classical influences.
Artist: Moritz Behm (Barney Bentall, Paperboys, Mad Pudding)
CD Release Party: Thursday, June 3, 2004
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Venue: Railway Club (604-681-1625)
579 Dunsmuir Street
Vancouver, BC
MC: Colin Nairne (Baker Street Studios, Barney Bentall)
Special Guest: John Bottomley (T-Bone Burnett)
Band: Buff Allen (drums) Rob Bailey (bass)
Teun Schut (guitar) Alisdair Taylor (piano)
Wayne Kozak (saxophone) Bazil Graham (vocals)
Julie Vik (vocals)
RSVP: Ange Frymire
604-734-0600 or ange-frymire@shaw.ca
Complementary alcoholic refreshments will be provided to media. Media kits with the
new CD will be available at the door.
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MEDIA: for more information or interviews, please contact:
Ange Frymire @ Vocal Point Communications, Tel: 604.734-0600 Fax: 604.734-0887
e-mail: ange-frymire@shaw.ca OR afrymire@vocal-point.org

- vocal point communications


"PSA June 9 04 MORITZ BEHM CD SALES TAKE OFF"

New bookings for summer shows
Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA – Moritz Behm, the neo-classical contemporary violinist from
Bowen Island played to a crowd of 100 people at Vancouver’s Railway Club on Thursday, June 3, 2004.
To date, his eclectic style of music has been noted by aficionados, fans and newcomers, spurring CD
sales of 210 units. As well, his summer schedule is filling up, with a booking for the 1st Annual Pemberton
Folk Festival on Saturday, June 12, 2004 and a recent appearance at the heavily attended Seattle
Northwest Folklife Festival that boasted over 220,000 for its 2004 showing.
Next on the list is one of Behm’s favourite haunts, the Duhblinn Gate in Whistler, BC. He and fellow
artist, Rob Thompson will play a lively weekend where the
duo will showcase original music.
On July 11, Behm will perform at the “Edge of the World Music Festival” at Haida Gwaii in the Queen
Charlotte Islands. Says Frank Wall, the artistic director, “Moritz is more than an emerging artist. He’s
passionate and creative. His energetic violin will move your body and soul.” Born in 1970 in Vancouver, Behm’s classical violin training started at the age of eight. An avid lover of
music spanning the genres from Led Zeppelin to Ravi Shankar, his first professional gig was with Bowen
Island banjo player Jim McConnan in 1991. He founded Moritz and The Fiddleheads at age 20.
Behm has performed and recorded with The Paperboys, Barney Bentall and The Legendary Hearts, Mad
Pudding, The Colorifics and Tom Taylor of She Stole My Beer.
MEDIA: for more information or interviews, please contact:
Ange Frymire @ Vocal Point Communications, Tel: 604.734-0600 Fax: 604.734-0887
e-mail: ange-frymire@shaw.ca OR afrymire@vocal-point.org

- vocal point communications


"Review of CD My Anthem by Alex Varty"

Island's Beauty Enthralls This Busy Bowen Fiddler
Thirty seconds into Moritz Behm's CD debut, My Anthem, my six-year-old daughter looked
up from her sketch- book. "Daddy," she intoned with unshakable confidence, "this one's a
keeper!" Of course, it's not unusual for Franny to offer strong opinions; whatever it may say on
my business card, she's the real music critic in the house, with an unerring ear for sounds that are
vital and spirited. But in singling Behm out for praise she's only echoing what the Bowen Island
fiddler's friends and neighbours have been saying for years. To them, it's long been obvious that
his talents are unique; now, with the release of his first CD, it's time for the wider world to take
notice.
Like most first-album calling cards, My Anthem is intended to showcase the diversity of its
maker's musical interests. Sprightly jigs and reels nestle up to darker, rock-tinged psychedelic
outings; the Central European Inflections of "Sweet Dreams" pay homage to Behm's German
heritage, while Squamish First Nations performer Bob Baker's drumming and chanting on "Dark
Grace" make it clear that Behm is comfortable honouring the equally ancient traditions of his
family's adopted shore. And although he prefers to sing through his fiddle, vocalists Heidi
Anderson, Julie Vik, Samantha Coulter, and Rob Bracken colour his songs with tones that range
from fresh-faced folk clarity to gritty bar-band exuberance. Even in his choice of guest artists it's
clear that Behm has eclectic tastes, and over a pot of tea he confides that his ultimate ambition is
to be equally comfortable playing with a punk band, a pack of African drummers, and on some
sort of new-age soundscape. But careful sequencing and the guiding hand of producer Colin
Nairne ensure that Behm's debut is no grab bag; My Anthem flows seamlessly from start to
finish, with gripping melodies and emotive fiddling a constant.
Behm—who'll showcase material from his CD at Presentation House on Saturday (November
28)—wasn't always so willing to experiment. He's been playing the violin since he was eight
(and added the mandolin to his arsenal during his teens), but his early years were focused
entirely on becoming a classical-music virtuoso.
"I was really keen to play, and going through the classical program I showed a lot of talent," he
explains. "But I feel like I got pushed a little bit too fast, and my love of music sort of waned as
my capacity to play more and more challenging pieces grew. After a while, I didn't know if I was
doing it because I enjoyed it, or because somebody was telling me to. I got as far as playing the
Bruch violin concerto [the quintessential Romantic showpiece] and went up against Corey
Cerovsek at the Canadian Music Competition—where I got 79 percent and he got 94, so that sort
of took the wind out of my sails about being competitive in that way. I just sort of broke down at
that point, and couldn't find the energy to practise anymore, so I just let it sit for a while."
Burnt-out at 11, Behm might easily have joined the millions of former music-school trainees
whose instruments sit, idle and unplayed, in basements and closets everywhere. But Bowen
Island banjo picker Jim McConnan showed him a few Celtic tunes, and a new love was kindled.
(The two still play together in the Fiddleheads, a Bowen institution, at a variety of community
gatherings.) "I could relate more to jigs and reels than I could to classical," Behm says. "They're
just more fun to play." Of course, the trick in learning jigs and reels is to master a traditional
idiom. But to develop a personal voice on one's instrument, it's necessary to go beyond the
historical vocabulary-and in this venture, the by-then teenaged Behm found inspiration in an
unusual source. "I really started to like rock as a teenager, and one band in particular: Van
Halen," he says. "Eddie Van Halen, the guitarist, had this style where he just reached out into the
stratosphere and made some really, really powerful solos, where every note was just right. He
was a really big influence on me to go my own way and just play exactly what I feel".
The other big influence on Behm's musical development was not necessarily musical in
itself—unless you take a rather poetic approach to nature, as the fiddler certainly does. The
landscape and weather of the island where he grew up are embedded deeply in My Anthem,
which pulses with the beat of waves on the shore and soars with the abandon of an autumn
storm. In fact, I can't think of any other record that so perfectly distills the essence of this coast;
you could write thousands of words explaining what it's like to live here, when one cycle through
Behm's songs would suffice just as well. "I've spent a lot of time around here just in complete
quiet: out in the forest, just watching nature, watching the trees and the landscape," he explains.
"It's taught me a lot. It's taught me to really see something for what it is, without your mind
making something out of it. Nature has a way of doing that. It really puts you in tune, gets you
out of your mind and into experience, I guess.
"One place in particular that does that is Cape Roger Curtis [Bowen Island's westernmost point],
and the song 'Dark Grace' is about that. I had a really amazing experience one night, just sitting
there on the beach when the sun went down: it was like your whole body was tingling, and you
weren't thinking anything; as soon as a thought entered your mind you just kinda went 'Okay, not
now!' It was just amazing. You felt like you were a part of everything. "That's what that song
was about, and I tried my hardest to write it on my own and describe what was happening—but I
could only do the fiddle and mandolin part. I knew that it was something I would have to give to
other people to finish." Behm's collaborator on this piece was Heidi Anderson, and her lyrics do
a fine job of conveying his ever-increasing awe of, and love for, the natural world. "Lately I've
been going out into the forest and just playing," he says. "I've been playing jigs and reels so
much in the bars that I've sort of lost contact with, like, 'Why was this song originally written?
What original seed caused this song?' And going out to the beach or into the forest really
connected me with that again. It keeps that inspiration going, that energy, so you're not just doing
it for the show, but you're actually feeling the music while you play it."
Back at home, my daughter is certainly feeling the music. Not long after passing judgment on
My Anthem's opening track, she started doing her version of the Highland fling to stompers such
as "Anthem" and "The Beast", and now, sweaty and dishevelled, she's curled up beside me for a
rest. Her final verdict? "1 like this CD a lot—but it makes my feet hurt."

- the Georgia Straight


Discography

Simply Moritz - 1996 (cassette)
My Anthem - 1998 (CD)
Beauty - 2004 (CD)

Both "My Anthem" and "Beauty" have been played extensively on CBC and other radio stations accross Canada

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Bio

Moritz Behm - Biography
"I've listened to Moritz improvise solo for 40 jaw dropping, spell binding minutes. I've never heard anyone else play like he does - he's completely original, with masterful technique and heartbreakingly beautiful tone, all driven by a spirit that is so musical and so present. There are few musicians who can take me on the journey as a listener than Moritz does." - Shari Ulrich - composer/multi-instrumentalist

To hear Moritz Behm play Violin is to be mesmerized and carried on a cushion of sound that is rich in passion and creativity, into a magical musical realm that moves your body and inspires the soul.

Behm uses a variety of different influences, including Celtic, Jazz, Rock, and Classical, to fuse an original sound that crosses many musical genres, including Roots, Rock, and Adult Contemporary.

Born in 1970 in Vancouver, he began training as a classical violinist at the age of eight. At ten, he migrated to the fiddle, yearning to expand his musical horizons and to have the freedom to improvise.

Behm's strongest passion is to compose and perform original work. He has just released his second album Beauty, an all-original masterpiece that pushes the boundaries of musical depth and creativity. Performances promoting the album were well received at a number of music festivals this year including the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle, WA, the Pemberton Folk Festival, and the Edge of the World Festival in Haida Gwaii. His very successful debut CD My Anthem has received extensive airplay in Canada, independently sold over 1700 copies so far, and still has as much public appeal today as when it was first released.

His strength as a musician has gained him a solid reputation. He has performed and recorded with The Paperboys, Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts, Mad Pudding,The Colorifics , and Juno Award winner John Bottomley. He also regularily plays with singer/guitarist Rob Thompson as the Bowen Boys, a regular act at the Dubhlinn Gate Pub in Whistler, B.C. He has also performed at numerous fundraising and private functions, including the Aids Walk in Vancouver and the CNIB.

Moritz Behm - Taking the Violin to New Heights!