Ben Folds at The Louisville Palace
"I don't know how to brag about this record because I'm not really accustomed to that," says Ben Folds. "Maybe I should just say 'this is one of the best records I've made and leave it at that."
Quite the declaration considering Folds' wide-ranging, genre-defying canon, but the multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter/producer is simply that enthused about SO THERE, his debut collaboration with celebrated New York City-based chamber ensemble, yMusic. Produced by Folds with yMusic's Rob Moose and CJ Camerieri, the album flourishes in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds, showcasing new pop songs written, arranged, and recorded by Folds & yMusic, alongside the debut recording of Folds' critically acclaimed "Concerto For Piano and Orchestra," which was produced and recorded by legendary rock engineer Elliot Scheiner. Songslike "Long Way To Go" and the ebullient title track are marked by forward-thinking studio craft and creative spontaneity, combining Folds' vaunted knack for hook and harmony with yMusic's talent for exciting interpretation.
"When I was introduced to yMusic, it was like, 'Oh, these are my brothers and sisters. We're done,'" Folds says. "I didn't look back. I had a new rock band, basically. I didn't expect to end up in a new band, but that's what happened." The resulting partnership was fueled by mutual admiration and musical respect, a union in which yMusic's textures and approach were seamlessly woven into Folds' inimitable songs and compositions to create something both true and unprecedented. Initially their plan was to stick with an inventive instrumentation of piano, cello, viola, violin, flute/piccolo/alto flute, trumpet/French horn, and clarinet/bass clarinet, with the bass clarinet, cello, and Folds' left hand handling bass duties and more often than not, no drums. But when songs like "So There" demanded otherwise, Folds simply got behind the kit and recorded them himself. "I've never worked with anyone I can work with as telepathically as these guys," Folds says. "I know I can get an arrangement to a certain point, leave those guys with it, walk out of the room and it'll be ready to record when I get back. And vice versa. Everyone knows the other is going to do the right thing." "This record is just the tip of the iceberg," he adds. "We haven't come close."
Folds hopes the partnership with yMusic will encourage some of his fellow pop artists to attempt involving more classical elements in their music, "to engage in orchestral, symphonic, chamber music in their own way. Not just scoring their hits for strings. Why not try composing an aria? "Innovations in pop music come slower and slower each year," Folds says. "I think one awesome door to walk through is this, the world of classical music from whence all our ideas of composition grew. That world is hurting right now and it could use pop musicians. And pop musicians could use the classical world because it's so full of possibility and sounds. It's endless.
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