9/13/19 – Wedding @Gray Gables Estate

Who knew that a beautiful paradise existed just a block off of McLoughlin Blvd?  I got invited to play a wedding for a lovely couple at Gray Gables Estate, which has a beautiful outdoor cathedral-like setting, a pond and fountain with live Koi, and a very nice indoor area for gathering.  The bride’s dreaIMG_0639m was to walk down the aisle to Pachebel’s Canon in D, and I was honored to play for her and her partner.  Congratulations Shelly and Alyssa, many blessings for a long and happy life together!

9/1/19 – Wedding @Blockhouse

There is an amazing plant paradise in NW Portland called Pomerius Nursery, and my cello and I got to play among the palm trees!  The bride asked me to play a cello arrangement of Endlessly by Amaranthe for her processional.  It’s a beautiful song, and one I will keep on my playlist!  Congratulations Emily and Edwin!IMG_0635

5/26/19 – Wedding @ Irving Street Studios

IMG_0584Wedding at Iriving Street Studios, downtown Portland.  Light and airy venue with lots of natural wood, excellent acoustics.  The couple chose quite a few Beatles tunes for the pre-ceremony music, which I always love playing.  What is it about the Beatles that appeals to so many?  It’s music that so many can relate to.

The Processional songs were: cello and looper versions of  “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele, and “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You”.

Congratulations to the Skripsky’s!

5/20/19, Wedding @ Silver Falls State Park

 

Silver Falls State Park has some of the most amazing scenery in Oregon!  I’ve been hiking at the Falls, but I’ve neveIMG_0558.jpgr been to this lodge.  The ceremony was held outdoors in an outdoor cathedral, surrounded by silent, old-growth trees.  Instead of using a generator, I was happy I brought by battery powered amp so everyone got to enjoy the sounds of nature and the cello.

The processional songs were cello  versions of “Speechless” by Dan and Shay, and “At Last”.

Afterwards, the party  moved into the lodge for the reception dinner.  Absolutely gorgeous!

7/14/18 – Wedding @ Para Hevea

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Wedding at Para Hevea, an equine boarding ranch in Molalla, Oregon.  IMG_0229Fantastic setting complete with Tepee for the “Bride Tribe” and covered wagon for chefs preparing the meal.  Also featured much appreciated shade in 94 degree weather.   Great venue for an outdoor, western themed ceremony, plus I made anew four-footed friend.

 

Acoustic Cello vs. Amplified

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6/30/18 – Setting up for a wedding at Oaks Pioneer Church, in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland.  I love playing at this church; the acoustics are absolutely amazing, and there is something magical about the light and lines of the building.

Acoustically the amp wasn’t necessary, but when I want to use my looper I have to play amplified.  In instances where the acoustics of the room are so perfect, I turn the looper up to the volume of another cello, so it sounds like I’m playing acoustically with another person.  Using an amp does not have to detract from the pure sound of the instrument, and I am careful to maintain the cello sound we all love, but just use the amp to fill out the volume.

People often have questions about whether to have me play acoustic cello or amplified, and I always recommend amplified whenever possible.  An acoustic cello in a setting where the crowd is silently listening can be heard quite well, but add 10 or 15 people conversing over mixed drinks and the mellow sound of the cello disappears in the background.  Playing indoors with an amp is an easy way to boost the sound so everyone can enjoy the music.

Outdoors is  a place where having amplification is very important.   Since there are no walls to hold the sound, it travels and fades away.  With an amp the sound can be adjusted to travel far enough to reach the whole audience.  I have a battery-option amplifier for places with no power source, and I use the tower PA in the picture for larger rooms and groups.  So, when planning your event be sure to consider the following when considering acoustic vs. amplified: 1) Is amplification allowed,  2) Is there a place to plug in,  3) How many people will be at the event  4) How big is the room.  If in doubt I am happy to offer some suggestions on what I think would be the best sound options for your event.