The “World Music Project (WMP)” LAUNCHED this weekend! Here is a little of the “back-story” from my perspective:
Approximately a year ago, I received a Facebook message from Jesús Cabrera, a young Dominican Film Composer/Musician/Producer now living in New York. He had seen some Youtube footage of me performing “Change the World” and was inviting me to be a part of a very unique collaboration of musicians from all over the world to produce a video of a song, “I Have A Dream”, where each musician was to be featured on their instrument/voice. Each artist was sent the chart and basic bare-bones .mp3 of the song to play/song over and contribute to. Recording happened in professional and home recording studios … then each musician shot some video footage near a monument or location that represented their country.
Honestly, I entered this as a bit of a skeptic … a social media message out of the blue – a lofty dream of pulling together 30+ musicians globally to record a song – was this for real? … what could come of this? I was also quite busy completing the Trevor Dick Band – NEW WORLD Project. Could I commit the time to this? I had lot’s of questions as did many others … but as we collaborated (encouraged by persistent messages from Jesús) discussed and ironed out the details of the project (completely over a private Facebook group/forum) all the details were ironed out and the song slowly took shape.
I was invited early on in the project – so was quite involved and engaged in the full process from beginning to end. As I jumped in and recorded my string parts (on acoustic and 5-string electric violin/viola) I could see how others also jumped in. On a trip to Ottawa (to visit Carleton University with my son, Kyle and family) Aaron and Kyle helped me shoot the video footage on Parliament Hill using my iPhone 5s. Two other Canadians are featured in the project: Navid Goldrick (Oud, Alberta) and Richard Cleaver (Audio Engineer, Ontario). Richard (who has engineered my last three projects) did a another wonderful job mixing and mastering the project. You can read more of his perspective here.
WMP truly took on an exciting life of its own. Is it perfect … no … but there is truly something special about it – a young man who had a vision saw it come to life through persistence and collaboration with musical brothers and sisters from around the world. It was a real honour to be a part of this. Here is the official video. My solo happens at 5:41.
As the web site describes it:
The WORLD MUSIC PROJECT is a collaboration of musicians from all over the world, playing a whole variety of common and rare instruments, working together on one song.
Together, they hope to show how music, creativity and love can unite us as a people, beyond boundaries of geography, culture and language.
I am excited to announce that the ONLINE LAUNCH of the Trevor Dick Band “New World” dropped TODAY – available with our online partner, CD Baby. DOWNLOAD your copy today HERE. Please help us spread the word about this release by forwarding, sharing or tweeting this post.
NEW WORLD will also be rolled out on many other online download sites over the next few weeks, including iTunes.
NEW WORLD Bonus Materials: http://trevordickband.com/resources/
TDB Tour Dates: http://trevordickband.com/calendar/
Contact TDB: http://trevordickband.com/contact-the-band/
Book TDB: http://trevordickband.com/book-the-band/
The journey begins … TDB
… That’s what this album is all about – that longing for adventure, that sense of creativity, the drive to explore new territories with reckless abandon … We live in an incredible World, full of wonder, beauty, ugliness, sanctity, mystery, complexity and brokenness. Deep down, this music also comes from a place of faith and hope in a new, restored World.
This Press Release just went out to local media:
Local violinist, Trevor Dick, is endorsed/featured by world renowned electric string maker, Ned Steinberger of NS Design
After NS Design founder Ned Steinberger saw local jazz/world/pop violinist Trevor Dick using a Steinberger violin in a YouTube video, he added Dick to the company’s roster of musicians where he is presently the featured artist: http://thinkns.com/artists/artists.php
Dick was recording a solo improv track on a Steinberger CR 5-string violin for the upcoming Trevor Dick Band CD New World. He started using the instrument in 2006 while preparing for the launch of his Glory & Peace Christmas CD.
“I was really impressed with the sound of the instrument,” he says. “Also, it feels really natural and easy to play with a sophisticated ergonomic headless design.”
The Steinberger violin plays a key role in the Trevor Dick Band’s newest CD, New World, which is planned to be released in the fall. The instrument takes a lead role in the band’s arrangement of Eric Clapton’s “Change the World” and both the “East of Sinai – Prelude” and “East of Sinai” tracks.
“Paired with a complete rebuild of my pedal board, this instrument has enabled me to attain the sound a pallet of tones I’d been searching for,” says Dick.
Instrument designer Ned Steinberger began creating the unique-looking instruments in the mid-1970s, starting with the Spector NS bass guitar. Soon musicians like bass player Geddy Lee (Rush) and guitarist Eddy Van Halen (Van Halen) were seen using Steinberger instruments. In 1990, Steinberger founded NS Design (www.thinkns.com) to develop electric string instruments, focusing on bowed instruments: violin, viola, cello and double bass.
For more information contact: Trevor Dick: firstname.lastname@example.org http://trevordick.com/
Written by: Robert White – http://www.quailcommunications.ca
With over 20 years of recording experience and a background in arranging and orchestration, I have decided to launch online string recording services on violin, viola and cello from my home recording studio – Fairmeadow Studio. I also plan to do more professional and home studio string session work in the region. I really love the interaction, creativity and energy of recording. Visit the new Fairmeadow Studio :: String Recording Services page here.
Bruce Stacey’s Home Studio
ADS Media: http://adsmedia.ca/
Phase One Studios: http://www.phaseonestudios.com/
Noble Street Studios: http://www.noblestreetstudios.com/
Richard Cleaver, Ken Vandevrie, Ian Tanner and Darryl Kingdon
Kurtis Vandevrie, Ken Vandevrie, Richard Cleaver, Trevor Dick and Kevin O’Leary
Yesterday, at the tail end of a little Southern Manitoba tour, the Winnipeg Airport Security x-Ray technician snapped this photo of my two violins (George Craske acoustic and Ned Steinberger CR 5-String) snuggled together in their double violin case.
I travel/tour a fair bit and have always wanted to capture a shot like this of my instruments, but know it would be a serious breach of security to do so … so I asked the security guard if he would take a picture for me on my iPhone … and he did! I think he must be a fan of the violin/fiddle. I hope it did not cost him his job!
Until next time. T
Today, the Weather Network (Canada), play an exclusive Irish styled fiddle tune I recorded last week for St. Patrick’s Day. Here is a little bit of the “behind the scenes” footage of the recording process. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Violin/Fiddle: Trevor Dick
Engineer/Producer: Ken Vandevrie
iPhone Video Footage: Trevor Dick
GoPro Video Footage: Kurtis Vandevrie
Back in July, I started a new Facebook Group called Electric String Players (Violin, Viola and Cello). The link is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ElectricStringPlayers
It was wonderful today, after a short six months time, to see this group reach the milestone of 400 members!
This group is meeting its goals to be a supportive, Global, all-inclusive Forum for electric violin, electric viola and electric cello players, fans, educators and enthusiasts. I encourage you to join in on the excellent discussions and continue to spread the word!
Happy New Year!
This coming year, I will be celebrating 10 years as an artist/ambassador with Compassion Canada in partnership with Flyingbow. As we celebrate a new year, I also look back on 2014 with some really fond memories. One such memory is the week I spent in the DR with Compassion Canada. You can read more of this visit in a blog post here. Compassion Canada captured a video (and three stories) of my visit to this beautiful country. Compassion works! If you have not done so already, I encourage you to sponsor a child through Compassion here. It will change your life and the life of another child – for eternity!