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.
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
Welcome to my new website! I’ve finally graduated from myspace, only a decade or so too late