I'm with the band

I'm with the band

April 15, 2019
Categories: Seattle Women's Chorus, Seattle

 

Meet some of the instrumentalists from SWC's Legends of Rock, on stage at Benaroya Hall on April 28. Brace yourself for brave, bold, and brash music performances and interpretations! Tickets are still available.

 

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Alex Guy, violin

What was your start in music? And when did you begin doing rock gigs?
I started out playing piano when I was 6 but I had been begging to play violin even before that, and eventually my parents talked my elementary school into letting me join the orchestra even though I was a little young. I loved playing and singing with people and for people right from the get go. I studied a lot of classical music growing up, but then started to get interested in writing my own music and improvising when I was in high school. I started playing in a jazz band and learned guitar and wrote some really terrible songs :-)  A few years later my girlfriend and I started a band together and by that time I was fully out of the classical world, and just playing rock, punk, jazz and experimental music.  I joined a punk band, and also started playing with more song writers.  Eventually I started my own band, Led to Sea, playing viola and singing and using a lot of electronics.

Where have your music adventures taken you?
I have been really lucky to tour in a lot of fun and interesting places I never would have gone otherwise!  My very first tour in Europe was with an experimental punk band called the Degenerate Art Ensemble.  We spent 2 months driving all over Central and Eastern Europe in a circus van, playing in old clubs and squats, and usually sleeping on the floor of whoever hosted our show.  I've toured many times, all around the U.S. and throughout Europe.  I've spent time in Poland, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Germany, Sweden, and Portugal.  All over the place!  And it never gets old for me. It's the best way to travel and meet wonderful people.

What’s your earliest memory of women rockers?
My first girlfriend introduced me to a bunch of women rockers who continue to be some of my favorite artists:  PJ Harvey, Kate Bush, Tori Amos among others.  It was so powerful to hear music of such badass women when I was 19 and start to imagine all of the different things I could do with music.

 

Kathy Moore, guitar

Of the songs featured in this concert, which is the most fun to play?
“Crazy on You”—When I was young and I first heard Nancy Wilson play this on the guitar I knew I wanted to be a guitarist.

What instrument are you unable to play, but wish you could?
I can the slightest amount play the drums, but I would really love to play like Brian Blade or Quest Love.

What’s your earliest memory of women rockers?
The first time I heard Ann Wilson sing I couldn’t believe anyone had that remarkable voice- I still don’t believe it. I always tried to sing Pat Benetar songs into my hair brush but she had this impossibly high voice- but my true love when I met her was Kate Bush.

 

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Olivia Hamilton, bass

Would you ever write a hit song about an ex…and then wait 40 years to reveal their identity?
Ha! I tend to be a bit more private. I think my style would be to play more aggressively or passionately (or whatever emotion I needed to get out).

What was your start in music? And when did you begin doing rock gigs?
I grew up in a musical family. Everyone sang and played instruments, so music was just part of the fabric of life for me. I probably did my first rock gig in high school, but the first time I felt like a Rock Goddess was as an 18 year old college freshman, new to Seattle, and playing gigs in Pioneer Square with David Hillman and his band. 

What instrument are you unable to play, but wish you could?
Oh gosh. I think it would have to be some kind of pipes. The Highland Pipes. 

What’s your earliest memory of women rockers?
Well, really my earliest memory of women rockers is my mum belting out Pat Benatar in our living room, but the first time I ever saw a woman rocking out on stage was as a senior in high school when my mum took me to see the Rock Goddess herself, Pat Benatar, live in concert! 

 

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Nancy Otness Bent, principal accompanist

Of the songs featured in this concert, which is the most fun to play?
“Big Yellow Taxi,” which is really for guitar so as a pianist it's not truly mine. I love everything Joni Mitchell!

Where have your music adventures taken you?
Most of Europe (including Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, and the western countries), Peru, South Africa, and New Zealand.

What instrument are you unable to play, but wish you could?
I'd love be a great singer.  (That's not gonna happen, but I get to play with so many wonderful singers!)

What’s your earliest memory of women rockers?
I listened to Tapestry and played the album until it was unplayable--scratched and warped. Not only were the songs great --every one of them--but that photo of Carole King on the album cover was so real, beautiful, and welcoming.

I bought every one of Joni's albums, too, fascinated by her harmonies and the melodies that moved unpredictably all over. Hejira and Court and Spark remain favorites but I love all her music. 

In 1979 I heard Joni live at Alpine Valley (an outdoor venue in Wisconsin), playing with Jaco Pastorius, Don Alias, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, and Lyle Mays.  It was an unbelievably great evening.