Sunday, September 16, 2012

Getting to know the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble
11:42AM EST | comments (23) |

Clockwork Angels String Ensemble membersWhen it was first announced that Rush would be touring with a string section, many Rush fans were skeptical about incorporating other musicians into a Rush show; something that had never been done before. There were also many questions raised such as how many musicians would be included, would it be the same group for each show, where they would set up on stage, etc. Now that the band has 5 shows under their belts, we know that the string section has remained constant with the same 8 musicians - 2 cellists and 6 violinists (plus the conductor David Campbell) - but there was still very little known about the individual members. When the tourbook was released a couple of weeks ago, we finally learned the names of the musicians as they were listed in the credits:

David Campbell - Conductor
Joel Derouin - Violin
Gerry Hilera - Violin
Jonathan Dinklage - Violin
Entcho Tudorov - Violin
Mario De Leon - Violin
Audrey Solomon - Violin
Jacob Szekely - Cello
Adele Stein - Cello

Clockwork Angels String Ensemble membersLast week cellist Adele Stein was interviewed for a piece in The Salina Journal, so we got to learn a good bit about her background from that interview. But what about the other 7 musicians? Rob over at the Rush Vault decided to do a little research and has put together a nice profile of the 8 musicians of the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble (as Geddy dubbed them on opening night) which you can check out at this location. He gives a brief background on each member including a photo and list of other projects they've worked on and musicians they've worked with. Thanks Rob!

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#23 - Posted 10/11/12 @3:06PM by Rushoholic [contact]

Audrey Solomon is way way hot & she wears her leather pants very well.
#22 - Posted 9/18/12 @8:46PM by zkzt

One of the guys, is a huge Rush fan. He was really into the show and knew all the words to 7 Cities of Gold when the song was premiered in Bristow. You could practically seem him staring over Ged's shoulder on the big screen.
#21 - Posted 9/18/12 @12:51PM by BoltFromTheBlue [contact]

Bell of St. Mary, they're like the ghosts of syrinx's been minks...


hauntingly familiar
#20 - Posted 9/18/12 @10:23AM by snowdog20 [contact]

I think the ring he added to the death star explosion was pretty cool.
#19 - Posted 9/18/12 @9:11AM by ervnos [contact]

Do you also enjoy George Lucas adding a bunch of CGI tweaks to his old Star Wars movies?
#18 - Posted 9/18/12 @9:10AM by ervnos [contact]

#15: You're free to imagine those songs reworked. I am free to never ever stomach that thought.
#17 - Posted 9/17/12 @7:37PM by jaeger [contact]

#14 Good point, although I was referring to the "beauty" contest success. :)
#16 - Posted 9/17/12 @4:45PM by Tom [contact]

Interesting that Beck's dad is leading the strings, as Beck is a fan of Rush and even had a sticker on one of his guitars. Although his stuff is quite different from Rush, I have plenty of time for his music and have a few of his albums.
#15 - Posted 9/17/12 @3:45PM by Carlos

Now that they have the strings, I would really enjoy hearing "Losing It." A duet between Alex and the 1st chair violin would be awesome live. There are a bunch of songs where the strings could provide an additional layer to their already complex songs; like drinking a wine that at first is straight forward, robust, but with time begins to open up and reveal its complexity. Imagine "La Villa Strangiato" or anything from Hemispheres with strings!
Regardless, I can't wait to see them in Philly.
#14 - Posted 9/17/12 @1:48PM by CraigJ [contact]

I don't know, not sure playing a violin vs. a 30-06 means better qualified.

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