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Trying to pin down Stephanie Schneiderman to any one genre, talent or discipline is next to impossible. One thing is clear however- whether pursuing her prolific work as a solo artist, as member of the all star roots pop act Dirty Martini, stepping on the stage in the musical The Full Monty or producing a wildly successful humanitarian concert series for refugees in Uganda, Stephanie Schneiderman is hands down one of most diversely talented artists the Northwest has to offer.
She follows up her 2011 ambient/trip-hop album, Rubber Teardrop, with an acoustic CD release, Live at the Old Church. It’s a departure from her most recent work with electronic producer Keith Schreiner, with Schneiderman stripping away the layers, undressing her songs, and bringing them back to their organic nature. Playing piano and guitar, her latest offering satisfies fans with the simplicity of showcasing her songs and voice in their naked and raw form.
Recorded live at The Old Church in downtown Portland on October 22nd, 2011, the new release features tracks from Schneiderman's past two CD’s, Rubber Teardrop and Dangerous Fruit, as well as a cut from her sophomore full-length, 2001's Unbelievably Broken, a track from her band, Dirty Martini's Tea and Revenge, and the John Prine cover "Paradise," featured as an audience sing-a-long. The album features guest appearances from the 45th Parallel String Quartet, The Roxy Consort choir, Tony Furtado on baritone ukulele, as well as Hank Araki on low whistle.
"Live at The Old Church is more about the songs and my voice. It's also the first album I produced on my own, so I'm very proud of it,” says Schneiderman. “I decided to include strings and a choir on this CD release show and return to my roots in chamber music. My newer songs were written to live in the world of trip-hop, so it's been fun to recreate them and record them in their original acoustic form."
Since her solo career began with a coveted spot in the 1999 Lilith Fair, Stephanie has earned extensive NW radio play, a devout following and multiple appearances with some the nations top touring acts- including Aimee Mann, Hall & Oates, Heart, Train, Pat Benatar, Chicago and more. It's been a busy year for Schneiderman. The June 2011 release of Rubber Teardrop was released on Dan Reed's UK-based label Zero One Entertainment and distributed in both Europe and the United States. She toured both countries following, and ended the tour with an intimate show at The Old Church, which was recorded for this most current release.
With seven solo recordings under her belt - Stephanie Schneiderman (1999), Unbelievably Unbroken (2001), Fall Sessions EP (2001), Touch Down (2004), Live at Kung Fu Bakery (2005), Dangerous Fruit (2008), and Rubber Teardrop (2011) - plus two releases with her collaborative band, Dirty Martini, Dirty Martini (2004) and Tea and Revenge (2007), Schneiderman has seen her music placed in numerous films and Primetime TV shows, as well as toured the world. Her second live album gives fans the core essence of her songwriting, and delivers a spellbinding live performance that old and new fans will revere.