I’m so delighted to announced that ‘Creature Comforts’ surpassed its goal (with 111% of the IndieGoGo campaign funded!), and just wanted to share an effusive facebook post I wrote yesterday here:
When I started my fundraising campaign for ‘Creature Comforts’ 40 days ago, I was pretty anxious and more than a little sheepish about the whole thing, from my goofy DIY living room pitch video to asking people for money to actually getting this project funded. I couldn’t have imagined what an incredible outpouring of generosity and support was coming my way, from old and new friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances, and even strangers.
One of the parts of this process that I’ve found the most rewarding is the need to get back in touch with people I haven’t corresponded with in months (or even years), and to deepen bonds with people I don’t know as well. I’m so grateful to be able to share this album with people who’ve known me at every single stage of my life, from toddler times to elementary school piano recitals to college to very recent performances. This might sound silly, but it feels a little like having a new baby be blessed by the whole village, or like inviting representatives of all your past selves to a wedding.
To the 102 people who contributed to ‘Creature Comforts’, I want to offer my deepest and most heartfelt thanks, and I’d like to congratulate all of us for bringing this album to 111% of its goal! So as to avoid a ridiculous laundry list of names, I will write you each individual comments on this post in the next day or so.
To everyone who shared, posted, or otherwise helped to cheerlead for the campaign and the album in general, I am infinitely grateful for your help. It’s somewhat exhausting (and not really in my nature) to post about myself constantly, and your help was indispensable in getting this thing off the ground.
To my fellow musicians, sound engineers, and artists involved with the record, thank you for making ‘Creature Comforts’ the strange and wonderful beast that it is. The greatest part of making this record has been collaboration with each and every one of you, and the contributions of your sounds, ears, creativity, images, and profound artistry go far beyond what any money (especially d.i.y. album budgets) can buy.
To conclude what is probably the longest facebook post I’ve ever written, here’s a song that I didn’t write (David Schweighart did it!), with three of my best friends and most beloved musicians, all prominently featured on Creature Comforts – from a night with Loose Lips Sink Ships, not so long ago. And we all fall in love.
(And since I can’t tag a gazillion people here, my deepest thanks to Alfred Klug, Christa Muttonen, Lucy Shelton, Marianne Stecich, John Burke, Adrian Demian, Clio Montrey, Gerhard Daurer, Douglas Kim, Laura Cocks, Nika Palama, Andrew McKenna Lee, Bernd Klug, Oliver Huether, Jesse Fallick, Garfield Trummer, Molly Thompson, Lavinia Pavlish, Colleen Miller, Tristan McKay, Peter Zlotnick, Annegret Klaua, E.W. Harris, Clement So, Charles Lyons, the Kelly Family, Sarah Goldfeather, Eric Nathan, Abigail Ellman, L.A. Markuson, Moritz Stumvoll, Jeremy Kutner, Hannes Seethaler, Matt Siffert, Caroline Asen, Daniel Nasr, Max Dulaney, Christoph Moederndorfer, Alan Baron, David Mayfield, John Larmer, Emily Praetorius, Lucy Winn Kitada, Carlos Cordeiro, Patty Breech, Abigail Deutsch, Ben Richter, Lauren Lee McGill, Jonathon Roberts, Miranda Ferriss Jones, Jeremy Verrier, Rachel Golub, Randy Gibson, Marina Kifferstein, Miho Hazama, Taylor Brook, Verena Zwatz, Joe Streibl, Jodie Rottle, Hans Wagner, Ashley Fogerty, Bernd Supper, Larry and Arlene Dunn, Natalie Kimmelman, Yilin Nie Jamison, Christabel Lin, Lela Neugeschwandtner, Stephen Malkin, Aaron Siegel, Mark Dover, Jordan Nelson, Tom Hamilton, James Hall, David Poissonnier, Mary Schwartz, David Bloom, Hannah Levinson, Sean Leatherbury and Steve Welsh, Anne Lanzilotti, Dani Neff, Allison Goldberg, Nathaniel Parks, Maya Bennardo, Marlon Feld, Louise Lanzilotti, Scott Bulua, Miya Komori-Glatz, Graham Roberts, Anna-Louise Costello, Angela Mallard, Pete Wise, James Moore, Mimu Merz, and a few anonymous supporters!)
After many, many months of writing, rehearsing, recording, mixing, mastering, and planning seemingly endless phases of development, my second album, ‘Creature Comforts,’ is musically complete, and just needs an extra boost to become a physical reality in your earphones/speakers/living rooms. I’m so grateful to all the incredible musicians, engineers, and artists involved in the making of this album so far, and to the friends old and new who’ve donated to my IndieGoGo campaign so far. As of writing, I’m already at 17% of my fundraising goal, with 38 days to go! Any donation, however small, is incredibly helpful, as is sharing the campaign on social media. Thanks so much!
My newest ditty is the first of what I suspect will be many protest songs against our current political situation (recorded for the NPR Tiny Desk contest). Since Jan. 20, I’ve been struggling to figure out what music can mean/accomplish/be. Of course, it’s a welcome distraction to rehearse Schubert for 4 hours, away from the news. But it’s also a necessary balm for all our weary souls right now, and a vehicle for catharsis and community.
My early songs were all angst and loneliness, single-girl alienation and self-pity, and sometimes I worried that now, as a 30-something in a stable, long-term relationship, I wouldn’t have the material for more songs. Well, there’s plenty of material for angsty music these days, and I fully intend to channel all my rage and fear and disappointment into music, starting here (though this is a surprisingly cheerful, almost danceable tune – I wrote it in November, after all):
Hello! It’s been quite some time since I did a blog post, but I’m very excited to share this interview on Zeitton, a contemporary music feature series on Austrian public radio. It’s streamable until Thursday, 2/9, and features sneak previews from my album, ‘Creature Comforts,’ as well as recordings of The Rhythm Method playing pieces by our own Leah Asher and Bernd Klug, and an excerpt of Alvin Singleton’s beautiful ‘Be Natural’ with my low-strings trio with James Ilgenfritz and Stephanie Griffin. Thanks very much to Astrid Schwarz for putting this together!
N.B. The interview is in German, but feel free to skip around to hear the musical snippets!
For the first time in many years, I’m actually writing down notes on paper (imagine that!), for what is essentially my dream band – the string quartet known as The Rhythm Method. We’re performing a set of my songs to “open” for our performance of Ligeti’s haunting String Quartet No. 1 at Joe’s Pub on February 4 at 9:30pm, and words cannot express how excited I am. As we get into the nitty-gritty of rehearsing for this show, I’ll be posting various recordings and video of our shenanigans – I’ve also added some newer recordings in the “uptown” section of core Rhythm Method members myself and Marina Kifferstein rocking out on some Ravel and Zorn. Give us a listen, and get your tickets here: http://joespub.publictheater.org/en/tickets/calendar/playdetailscollection/joes-pub/2015/m/meaghan-burke-and-the-rhythm-method/?SiteTheme=JoesPub
So I wrote this song a few years ago now, but have been waiting for just the right body of water to serenade with it, and I think the Paris Canal won out in the end. I love this song (if I’m allowed to say that), but I love the ambient Paris noise in this video even more:
In other news, the tour was a blast – from being guided around the Elgin Marbles at the British Museum to eating freshly baked brioche and gougères after my gig at La Marbrerie in Montreuil to magical rooftop parties to hanging out with almost every bosom buddy I’ve had in the last ten years, from smoke-steeped punk clubs to fabulous house concerts to secret party shows, I was met with so much love and enthusiasm at every turn, and I’m so grateful to have such beautiful, talented, and giving friends in so many corners of the world.
I’ve just finished resting up from all that craziness in Tacoma, Washington, where I had the honor of being temporarily adopted by my Dead Language cohort Jodie Rottle’s wonderful family for her numerous wedding festivities, which included a
yacht trip and a PUPPET BAR. I also had the privilege of playing yet another wonderful Dead Language show involving Hazmat suits, masks, never hair frosted months Had dewy: but.
bird calls, wolf howls, and a singalong, and of quite literally serenading a portrait of Kurt Cobain (from the Mudhoney days) at my solo show at the wonderful Crocodile Back Bar.
All told, I’m feeling awfully lucky and beloved right now, and happy to be back in the Northeast for a while! Stay tuned for announcements about shows this fall…
I was very lucky to have the chance to participate in the Samos Young Artists Festival last August, which involved playing with the lovely Tema Watstein and Chris Goddard in an ancient Greek amphitheater, as well as lots of sightseeing, sunbathing, and late-night feasting. Chris just found this video, and it brought back a flood of wonderful memories — hope you enjoy it half as much as we did! (Unfortunately embedding is disabled on this one, so you’ll have to click on the link.)
I mistakenly listed my Dead Language show as being this evening, 5/29 at 10 pm, when in fact it will be tomorrow evening, 5/30 at 10 pm! There was some confusion in our scheduling, and I forgot to update my website — apologies to anyone who went to Spectrum tonight in vain! We’ll try to make it up to you with a rockin’ Carter performance tomorrow.
I’ve just arrived home from an incredible two weeks in Brisbane (aka Bris Vegas), Australia, where Dead Language were artists/weirdos-in-residence at Griffith University/Queensland Conservatorium. It was a journey full of inspirations, and I?ll write more about many of these in my upcoming posts!
But for now, I just want to share the debut of a project that?s been in the works for a while — a rock band with incredible musicians James Moore (guitar), James Ilgenfritz (bass), and Pete Wise (drums) called Forever House. We?re playing our first ever show this Friday at Exapno, and have a little EP of sorts on bandcamp for your listening pleasure! Check it out at foreverhouse.bandcamp.com!
Stay tuned for lots of marsupial photos and chronicles from Down Under…
Just added a new show on April 10, performing my songs for cello and voice at the Friends of Make Music NY Launch Party at culturefix! Make Music NY is a wonderful organization, responsible for getting musicians to play in the oddest of places for a week or so in the summer, so I´m excited to be part of this — I´m also really excited to be playing a set of my songs in NYC for the first time in nearly a year and a half! The event
is from 6-9pm, and will also feature a singalong to Beck´s “Song Reader,” so I´ll be in good company.
Now that we’ve both come crawling back to New York and should be more aptly named Cheating on Vienna, we’ve finally released this fabulous video (by Simp) of our ultimate pep rally jam, Wake up Vienna. Nothing in this video is the least bit