INTERPRETING PETER GABRIEL BENEFIT SHOW
Los Angeles, CA - A large ensemble of world class singers, expansive rhythm section, backing vocalists, and horns with credits from Beck to De La Soul to David Bowie to Foster The People to Dwight Yoakam to Frank Ocean to Sting to Neon Trees to Lucinda Williams to Fiona Apple get together to perform unique arrangements of select songs from Peter Gabriel's first six solo records. They do it for the fun of performing and exploring complex catalogues of global artists together then give all proceeds to charity.
The Interpreting Music Series grew naturally after a few Los Angeles venues contacted producer/guitarist Scrote to perform. Instead of taking the night for his own work, Scrote decided to call a few of his musician friends to explore various catalogues by innovative, trend smashing global artists. These performances weren’t to be tributes but rather approaching the material in the matter it was born by pushing the envelope of the material chosen.
First there was an 11-piece band performing the Talking Head’s most critically acclaimed album "Remain In Light" in it’s entirety. Then another similarly large group turned a collection of songs from David Bowie’s Berlin trilogy albums (Low, Lodger, & Heroes) into a nonstop 90” set of songs stitched together by cued improvisations. Founding member & current drummer for Sly & The Family Stone, Greg Errico who also played with Weather Report, produced Betty Davis, and toured with David Bowie was flown in to anchor that sold-out show. Next was a parade of eclectic versions of Burt Bacharach hits from bombast to beautiful including the song ‘Close To You’ played and sung backwards, Angelo Moore of Fishbone leading a wild version of ‘What’s New Pussycat?’, Arnold McCuller’s tearing up the Isaac Hays’ version of ‘Walk On By’, Carina Round of Puscifer tearing down the house w/a rockin’ rendition of ‘Baby It’s You’, and 2013 Latin Grammy Best New Artist, Gaby Moreno singing James Brown’s super funky version of ‘Any Day Now’. Other shows followed like Interpreting Annie Lennox, Interpreting Fela Kuti, Interpreting Bee Gees ’67-’76, and the giant end of the year blowout Interpreting The Holidays 2013, which featured four different ensembles of fourteen or more players performing four different catalogues back to back over the course of 6 straight hours. Other special guests followed like the MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Chris Stills, Joe Sumner, and actor Gary Oldman.
You see this isn’t an ordinary group of musicians re-inventing these catalogues. These are some of the most sought after singers & players in the world coming together for the fun of performing and being together. To keep their musical intentions pure, they decided to give all proceeds away to various charities. Credits for this All-Star collective range from Beck to David Bowie to De La Soul to The Tonight Show to Foster The People to Sting to Sheryl Crow to The Jimmy Kimmel Show to Neon Trees to Lucinda Williams to Macy Gray to Paul McCartney to Damien Rice to Seal to American Idol to Dr Dre to Daniel Johnston and so on and so forth. Having just one of these performers playing in a local venue is newsworthy but when you get a dozen or more of them together to play challenging music for the love it, it’s a very unique soul fulfilling experience on and off stage.
SCROTE (guitarist, bandleader, arranger)
Scrote is a guitarist/producer from Los Angeles. He has produced, recorded and/or performed with a wide array of notable artists including: Daniel Johnston, Puscifer, Jackson Browne, No Doubt, Fred Frith, Angelo Moore, David Yow, Blake Mills, David Garza, Jackie DeShannon, Paul Barker, Reeves Gabrels, Van Dyke Parks, Wayne Kramer, Rhys Chatham, Michael Des Barres, and The Section Quartet.
LYLE WORKMAN (guitarist, arranger)
Lyle has played guitar for Frank Black, Todd Rundgren, Beck, and Sting. He is not only a first call session player but a first call feature film composer having scored Superbad, Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Made, Get Him To The Greek, and countless others.
JEFF BABKO (keyboards)
Jeff is currently the keyboardist, composer, and arranger on ABC-TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”. With his innovative original groups and supporting work for many recording and touring artists, as well as extensive work in television and film, Jeff has become one of Los Angeles’ busiest keyboardists. Touring and recording credits include Nick Waterhouse, Jason Mraz, Frank Ocean, Joe Cocker, Tim McGraw, Mark Isham, Larry Carlton, Sheryl Crow, and James Taylor. Films include The 40 Year Old Virgin, Garden State, Superbad, Up In The Air, Date Night, Made, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Get Him To The Greek.
JAMIE MUHOBERAC (keyboards)
Jamie is a session keyboardist with numerous credits, including The All-American Rejects, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Backstreet Boys, Chris Cornell, My Chemical Romance, Paradise Lost, and Pet Shop Boys. He has often worked with producer Trevor Horn including for Seal and Rod Stewart. In recent years, he has worked with Avenged Sevenfold, Sum 41, Joe Cocker, Phil Collins, John Mayer, and Front Line Assembly.
MATT ROHDE (keyboards)
Matt Rohde is an accomplished keyboardist, musical director, arranger, producer and composer. He has toured and/or recorded with a long list of artists including Christina Aguilera, Alanis Morissette, Jane's Addiction, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Kelly Clarkson, Maxwell, Isaac Hayes and Prince. Matt currently works on Fox's American Idol as an Associate Music Director.
PATRICK WARREN (keyboards)
Patrick’s resume as a keyboardist/arranger is as long and as accomplished as you can possibly imagine. He is always at the forefront of recording and touring with Hugh Laurie, Glen Hansard, Draco Rosa, Keith Urban, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Billy Bragg, Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, Tom Waits, Joe Henry, Eric Clapton, Ray LaMontagne, Green Day, Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, Ani DiFranco, Sheryl Crow, Gavin DeGraw, John Legend, Fiona Apple, X, Stevie Nicks, Aimee Mann, Poe, Melissa Etheridge…just to name a few plus numerous feature films including Knocked Up and Boogie Nights.
DAVE SCHULZ (keyboards)
Keyboardist/vocalist Dave Schulz leads a diversified career having toured/recorded with Goo Goo Dolls, Bo Diddley, Berlin, English Beat, General Public, The Chambers Brothers, Fuel, Eric Sardinas, Fastball, The Rembrandts, Glenn Hughes, The Fizzies, Jay-J, and Bran Van 3000. His debut album Connect features luminaries Daniel Lanois, Tony Levin, Fuzzbee Morse, Mike Porcaro, Robin Dimaggio, Randy Cooke, and Bernard Fowler.
TIM LEFEVBRE (bass)
Tim is fashioning a leadership role in experimental jazz and funk circles but has also been a capable and reliable sideman for Elvis Costello, Chris Botti, John Mayer, Sting, Uri Caine, Donny McCaslin, Mark Giuliana, Wayne Krantz, and Donald Fagen. He has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Sopranos, 30 Rock, The Apprentice, The Late Show with David Letterman as well as feature film soundtracks including Oceans 12, The Departed, Analyze That! and Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle. Other work includes with Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, AR Rahman, Patti Austin, Mark Isham, Draco Rosa, Snoop Dogg, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, KT Tunstall, Tenacious D, Dr. John, Bill Frisell, and Brian Blade.
BLAIR SINTA (drums)
Blair’s first work with a major recording artist was with Alanis Morissette in 2001. He toured with Alanis for 5 years and recorded three albums with her: So Called Chaos, Jagged Little Pill Acoustic and Flavors of Entanglement. Blair has also worked with Damien Rice, producer Glen Ballard, Annie Lennox, Idina Menzel, Melissa Etheridge, James Blunt, Chris Cornell, & Melissa Etheridge.
DANNY FRANKEL (percussion)
Danny has made a name for himself combining traditional and unconventional drum and percussion combos. His offbeat approach has led to live and studio credits with Lou Reed, John Cale, Rickie Lee Jones, Fiona Apple, Jewel, Everlast, Marianne Faithfull, Beck, Victoria Williams, Bo Diddley, Michael Penn, Bill Frisell, Bebel Gilberto, Ronnie Montrose, Nels Cline, Flight Of The Conchords, Laurie Anderson, Madeleine Peyroux, Michael Penn, K.D. Lang, and Steven Bernstein.
JORDAN KATZ (trumpet, horn arrangements)
Jordan Katz is a multi instrumentalist, horn arranger, musical director and music producer. He has worked with artists as varied as De La Soul, Foster The People, Everlast, Brother Ali, Jimmy Cliff, Lucinda Williams, Jennifer Nettles, Neon Trees, Indigo Girls, David Berkeley, Ghostface Killah, MC Lars, Tom Kenny, Sara Bareilles, Far East Movement, and Paul F. Tompkins.
(additional guest performers TBA shortly)
Joe is the lead singer and bass player in the band Fiction Plane whose first release Everything Will Never Be Ok came out in 2003. Their 5th album Mondo Lumina comes out later this year. Joe has collaborated and toured with a diverse range of acts from Snoop Dogg to longtime Elvis Costello and The Attractions keyboardist Steve Nieve. In 2011, Joe joined forces with the band Klimmstein to write & record the #1 Austrian hit ‘Paris Paris’. He also moonlights as the founder of video tech startup Vyclone.
Scott Bennett has shared the stage with Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, David Crosby, Elton John, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel. He is a multi-instrumentalist that is a key member of Brian Wilson’s touring band as well as co-written and produced some of Wilson’s latest recordings.
Holly has released four solo albums & is currently working on a new one called I Dare You To Love Me. She has recorded and/or toured with David Bowie, Michael Buble, Cee-Lo Green (in Gnarls Barkley), Dr. Dre, Seal, Joss Stone, Billy Preston, Lamont Dozier and Don Was. Holly's songwriting has also appeared as the theme song to TNT's "Mob City", upcoming indie film Gravy featuring Sarah Silverman & ABC's "Private Practice". Most recently she appears on score of the new Cameron Diaz film, The Other Woman.
Jonathan has performed and toured with legendary Grammy-winning artists Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Michael McDonald, Peter Cetera, and Steven Bishop. He is currently the bass player for Dwight Yoakam.
Jeremy Little is a singer and film/television composer with over one hundred credits to his name. Little's quickly garnered attention with his unique cover of "If I Only Had A Brain" as it was prominently featured in the FOX hit series, Fringe. Other popular songs went to shows The Big C, Almost Human and Shameless soon after. He continued to turn heads as he began scoring films such as "Friend" starring John Noble (Fringe, The Lord of the Rings) and the feature length documentary, "Showrunners" featuring Joss Whedon and J.J Abrams.
(additional singers TBA shortly)