Welcome! The new site is under construction, but you'll be able to find us here until it's finished. The new CD, Float, is in, and you can buy it here: http://cdbaby.com/cd/danapomfret
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Float features performances and co-writing by Danny Kortchmar, Francois Moutin, Jeff Pevar, Stefani Langol, Steve Postell, Jerry Martinez, Tim McDonald, Jon Peckman and more. It's been a great journey recording with these wonderful musicians - they brought the songs to life!
All hard copies of Tracks, realtime and Soul Collage are sold out. You can download Tracks on CD Baby.
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Peace & joy to all - Dana
Dana Pomfret is a singer-songwriter from NYC, now living in New England. She has recorded her original music for Elektra, SBK and Warner Bros, Int’l. Records, and grew up playing New York's rock and folk institutions: CBGB's, The Bitter End, Tramps, The Lonestar, the Bottom Line, etc. She's signed to a publishing deal with Jean Davoust/Paris, and has performed her original music throughout the US and Europe.
Dana's new release, Float, was recorded over a period of nearly 6 years by engineer Tommy Skarupa. Tom lugged his gear from kitchens to living rooms, improvising recording studios everywhere and making it possible for a stellar cast of players to work together - sometimes sight unseen! Dana's co-writers and collaborators include legendary guitarist/producer/songwriter Danny Kortchmar, Stefani Langol (keyboards, piano, vocals, co-writer), Tim McDonald (guitar, vocals), Francois Moutin (upright bass, co-writer), Jon Peckman (drums, percussion), Jerry Martinez (guitar, vocals), Jeff Pevar (guitar), Steve Postell (guitar), Marina Belica (co-writer, Chalk) and Jen Lowe (percussion).
Dana's first CD, Talk, was an independent venture which led to a deal with Warner Bros, International. Her second disc, Soul Collage, was released on Warner in Europe, Japan and Australia, and independently in the US. The CD features her eloquent, blues-inflected songs and vocals, as well as shining guest performances by rock legends David Crosby and Graham Nash, guitar by co-producer Jeff Pevar, Martin Sexton on backing vocals, and François Moutin on bass. For info about the making of Soul Collage (and other details) see Jeff Gemmill’s interview with Dana on the “Press” page.
Dana’s 3rd album, realtime, released in Spring, 2003, was co-produced by Emmy Award winning composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Jim Chapdelaine, (see his bio below). Tracks, a compilation CD, was released in 2006.
Artists and links
Dana Pomfret: Float, Tracks, realtime, Soul Collage,Talk: Songwriter, lead and harmony vocals, arranger, co-producer: acoustic guitar, keys, mandolin, kalimba, percussion, engineer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Danny Kortchmar: Float: guitars, strumstick, loops, co-writer (Gone Before I Go), co-producer: www.dannykortchmar.com
Danny has written, toured, recorded with and produced many of rock's seminal artists: James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Carole King, Billy Joel - the list is endless. Named one of Guitar Player Magazine’s “12 Rhythm Guitar Greats” - Danny's a master on his instrument, onstage, and in the studio. His ability to always find the right part - and his distinctive style, tone and grooves - instantly became essential to the album’s sound.
Stefani Langol: Float: keyboards, vocals, co-writer (Every): email@example.com
Stefani and Dana met in NYC 27 years ago. They've collaborated on numerous recordings, and performed and toured together for years. Stefani is a consummate musician; her exquisite parts and soulful vocals bring the songs to life. She has also performed with Toshi Reagon. Stefani is Associate Professor of Music Education at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
François Moutin: Float, Soul Collage, realtime: upright bass,
co-writer (Float, Land of No, Light Switch, Forever, DNA, On the Wire): www.moutin.com
François’ outstanding musicality powers the heartbeat in multiple musical combinations. He co-founded the internationally renowned Moutin Reunion Quartet with his identical twin, drummer Louis Moutin. Recent successes for the quartet include performances at Saratoga and Montreal Jazz Festivals, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and Branford Marsalis’ NYC radio show. François has recorded/toured with: Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Harry Belafonte, Peter Erskine, Toots Thielmans, Jean-Michel Pilc, John Abercrombie, Martial Solal, James Moody and a host of others.
Tim McDonald: Float: guitar, vocals: firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally from Worcester, MA, Tim spent decades working in LA and San Francisco as a performer, writer and jingles singer. Now living in New England, this stellar player is another parts-master, known for his agile guitar work and his powerhouse vocals.
Tim and Danny often share the stage in the Kortchmar-McDonald band, a superb quartet which features their original tunes.
Jon Peckman: realtime, Float: drums, udu, djembe, percussion: email@example.com
Jon might be the only drummer on the planet who asks to see the lyrics when recording. His amazing combination of power and lightness, funk and swing, means he can bring the heartbeat to any style of music: a rare gift.
Jerry Martinez: Float: guitar, vocals: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerry hails from the Boston area, and is a phenomenal guitarist and vocalist. He joined forces with Dana and Stefani in April, 2010, and quickly became an indispensable part of the band's live shows, recently recording guitar for the title cut on the new album, Float. Musical projects include the Baltimore-based band "Starkey Drive." Jerry is also an accomplished songwriter, currently at work on his first CD.
Steve Postell: Soul Collage, Float: guitar, vocals, mixing engineer: www.stevepostell.com
Steve is a world-class songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, engineer and producer, living in LA. The list of musicians he's worked with is long and impressive, and includes David Crosby, Jennifer Warnes, John Oates, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, Dave Koz, and Paul Barrere. To read more about this superb musician, and to hear songs from his many solo albums, please visit his site.
Jim Chapdelaine: Soul Collage: engineer: realtime: co-producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, mix engineer, co-writer ("Devils and Gods"): email@example.com
The great Les Paul called him a “badass.” Jim's a master of all-things-stringed: guitars to sitars to flukes to mandocellos. He's also an Emmy-award winning composer, producer and engineer whose clients include PBS, Big Al Anderson, Phoebe Snow, Paula Cole, Aimee Mann, Wailin’ Jennys, Fountains of Wayne, and many more. In addition to his instrumental talents, he's an exceptional singer-songwriter, and co-founder of the bands Mr.Right and The Shinolas. Jim’s endorsed by Gibson guitars, Groove Tubes and a host of others.
Jeff Pevar: Soul Collage: guitars, co-producer: realtime: guitar, papoose, mandolin: Float: electric and resophonic guitars, lap steel: www.pevar.com
Jeff is, simply, a guitarist extraordinaire, and the list of folks he's played-and-recorded-with includes Ray Charles, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Shawn Colvin, Rickie Lee Jones, Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan, James Taylor, etc. Keep up with the Peev’s schedule and musical ramblings on his site, and check out his wonderful new album, From the Core!
Marina Belica: Float, co-writer (Chalk): www.octoberproject.net
Singer-composer Marina Belica is the lead vocalist (and one of the founding members) of the newly-reunited band, October Project. This gifted musician has also released 2 albums of her own: decembergirl, and one sky. Visit the site for upcoming concert and album release info!
Jen Lowe: Float, cajon on Bird in a Cage: www.jenlowe.com
Jen is a gifted percussionist, and a great singer-songwriter. She's toured with the likes of Jason Mraz and Tristan Prettyman, and she's currently on the road with her excellent new trio, Big Kettle Drum. Check out her beautiful CD: From the End of this Hallway.
Chip Fenney: Float, baritone and soprano saxes on Chalk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chip is a superb multi-instrumentalist, and a much sought-after veteran of the New England music scene. He can play pretty much anything, extremely well - a great asset onstage and in the studio!
Tommy Skarupa: Float, engineer, co-producer: email@example.com
Tommy is a producer/engineer and technical wizard who has worked on multiple Grammy and Emmy award winning albums and TV soundtracks, featuring artists and producers such as Pete Seeger, Paul Winter, Sly Stone, Wim Wenders and Mike Chapman. He’s currently recording the soundtrack for Barry Levinson’s “Copper.”
Will Schillinger: Float, mixing engineer: songs, 1, 2, 5, 8: www.willschillinger.com
Will's talents as an engineer and producer have led him to work with many of music's finest - among them, Junior Brown, Yoko Ono, Warren Zevon, Marshall Crenshaw, Carole King, Vanessa Williams, Ron Carter, Richie Havens. Will owns and operates Pilot Recording Studios - a new, state-of-the-art facility in the beautiful Berkshires.
Steve Postell: Float, mixing engineer: songs 3, 4, 6, 7. (See Steve's bio, above).
Robin Danar: Float, mixing engineer: songs 3, 4, 6, 7: www.robindanar.com
Steve and Robin collaborated on four mixes - with great results! Robin's impressive resume includes mixing front of house sound for Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, The B-52's, etc. He writes, records, mixes and produces - and we were lucky to have his ears and inspiration added to the mixes!
Greg Calbi: Mastering Engineer: Soul Collage, realtime, Tracks, Float: http://sterling-sound.com
Greg's mastering credits read like a who's-who of the music industry and include: John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Ani DiFranco, Sonic Youth, Bill Frisell, the "Chicago" soundtrack and more. Greg always brings the sound of the CD home: it doesn't get better than this!
Michael Toti: Soul Collage, realtime, Float: graphic design and visual master of ceremonies.
Incredible CD design, posters, advertising work, ceramic sculpture, music: Mike does it all. Reach him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Brauer: Mixing Engineer: Soul Collage: www.mbrauer.com
Another off-the-charts discography (The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Coldplay) - and another great set of ears bringing out the best in the music.
Lianna Pevar: Float, back cover photo.
Pierre Dufour: Soul Collage, realtime and website photography.
See more of Pierre's wonderful work at: www.dufourphoto.com
Hunter Neal: realtime and website photography.
Hunter photographs everything from natural scenes to people, beautifully.
Web guru, Mac specialist and all-around tech genius: Willa Altman: www.northwoodsweb.com
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