The Collaboration Effect

by Evan Schafer

The Collaboration Effect
For a one-man band like myself, it could easily be perceived that collaboration is not of interest to me. When you produce and record your own material, the singularity of that can become very comfortable and sometimes it’s easy to forget that working with collaborators can give you new perspectives and angles on your own music. While I’ve only worked with a handful over the years, each has made their fitsindelible mark on my music, and for this I am forever grateful. Here I will give a short overview of each of my four primary collaborators and their contributions.

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How I Started Writing Music

by Evan Schafer

How I Started Writing Music
When somebody says, “I’m a songwriter” or “I compose music,” what most ordinary people think is that they are Mozart-incarnate and all of a sudden want to be their best friend. Either that or they become insanely jealous of them, and they never hear from those folks again. In my case, neither of these occurrences have actually happened but has nevertheless been a stressful journey. Here I will tell you, from my humblest beginnings, how I grew to be the songwriter I am today and the process I have undergone to get there.

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John Scofield’s Country for Old Men

John Scofield's Country for Old Men

In his youth, Jazz guitarist John Scofield spent a lot of time in New York’s famous music venue Filmore East, where Rock-, Jazz- and Country musicians played on the same stage. No wonder, while finding his home in Jazz music, he loved to cross musical borders during all his career. One of his latest albums, Country for Old Men, is just one of his many fusions.

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The Living Paper Cartoon

The Living Paper Cartoon

Ennio Marchetto loves to dress up. Most noteworthy, his dresses are made of paper and carton, therefore the additive “The Living Paper Cartoon.” And by exaggerating typical features such as hairstyle (Tina Turner), tooth position (Freddie Mercury) or iconic dresses (Lady Gaga’s flesh) and through the playback music, Ennio’s figures are recognized worldwide although he completely renounces language.

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