Calvosa Sullivan Project demo is almost ready!

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Back in late November 2009 I went into the studio with Kat Calvosa to record a demo for our ongoing collaboration, aptly titled the Calvosa Sullivan Project.  It’s a particularly fun project for me because I play mostly piano in this band, as well as being an outlet for the pop side of my brain.  We’ve been performing off and on in NYC (and also a very memorable house party in NH) for a little over a year now, and Kat and I have decided to take it up a notch with this demo – hopefully we can break some new ground in terms of performance spaces (Rockwood Music Hall is at the top of our list!).  Here is a track from the demo, which includes Kat Calvosa, vocals; Travis Sullivan, piano; Paul Orbell, guitar; Yoshi Waki, bass; Brian Fishler, drums, mixed by Sam Minae and recorded at Astoria Soundworks Studio:

Candy Store

One of the things I like about this collaboration with Kat is how varied our approach is to writing this music.  For almost every song there is a slightly different process.  For “Candy Store,” Kat already had the basic structure and lyrics set when she showed it to me – I assisted with tweaking a few chords and contributed some harmonic ideas for the chorus. 

Coming soon – The Official CSP MySpace Page! You can visit us on Facebook for the time being though!

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Earthquake Relief…

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Come out tonight and check out the Calvosa-Sullivan Project at Googie’s…’twill be a hootenanny.

My heart goes out to the victims of the earthquake yesterday in Haiti.  I can’t imagine what it must be like to experience such devastation and chaos.  It really puts things in perspective in own life  (I promise I won’t complain about anything for at least the rest of the day!).  If you want to donate money to relief efforts you can do it here: https://american.redcross.org/site/Donation2?4306.donation=form1&idb=1953112813&df_id=4306&JServSessionIdr004=crcon3id64.app194a via the American Red Cross international relief fund.

Have a great day and everyone in the Northeaster U.S.: stay warm!

Calvosa/Sullivan Project this week

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I don’t have that much time to write today.  New Year’s craziness!

A quick performance announcement…this Wednesday will be the first performance of 2010 with the Calvosa/Sullivan project, aka CSP (Facebook page and MP3’s coming soon!).  We’re at our usual haunt, Googie’s Lounge in the LES on Wednesday, January 18th at 9:30pm.  Kat Calvosa and I have been co-writing songs for almost 2 years now, and they represent a very unique direction for my writing.  I’ve always been influenced by pop music, and the songs we have are definitely in that vein.  On most of the songs I play piano, which is always a lot of fun.  Kat is also a phenomenal singer, and the band sounds great too…so come on out!

In other news, I just got booked for a quartet gig at the Hawaiian Tropic Zone in Times Square.  Not until April, so maybe by then the waitresses will be back to wearing bikinis by then!