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Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 8

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Uploaded on Sep 22, 2009

Rock combo Chase Hamblin and symphonic quartet Two Star Symphony. The program includes candid interviews with Rosa Guerrero and award-winning record producer, Dan Workman. Community guest and "audience of one" is freelance writer David A. Cobb of local music and events blog Houston Calling.

Live from SugarHill is a collaborative effort between Zenfilm, OutboundMusic.com and SugarHill Recording Studios. Two Star Symphony is known as Houston's "first call" commissioned independent orchestra. Comprised of Jerry Ochoa (violin), Debra Brown (violin), Jo Bird (viola), and Margaret Lejeune (cello), they perform on a matched set of instruments handcrafted by Master Luthier Anton Krutz. Notable works include an original composition for "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" 24 shorts from Unseen Cinema: "Experimental Treasures from the World" Leading Archives for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and a feature-length score for Harold Loyd's film Girl Shy In 2004, The American Ballet Theatre enlisted them for the Dominic Walsh-choreographed dance Alchemy that premiered in New York. They recently unveiled their first full-length ballet score for a production of Titus Andronicus. They won the 2009 Houston Press Music Award for "Best Unclassifiable Band" and have been mentioned in Spin Magazine. Chase Hamblin is a descendent of one of America's first Gypsies. The great grandson of a Vaudeville songwriter, Hamblin has clearly inherited the traits of his freewheeling elders. Born in Italy and raised throughout Europe and Southeast Asia, Hamblin grew up with an odd yet influential mix of culture, art, and music. He worked as a model and movie extra while studying at NYU before moving to Houston where he joined the critically acclaimed group Penny Royal. After the band's demise, Hamblin began work on his debut solo EP, A Fine Time, with Derek Dunivan at the helm as producer and arranger. The upbeat, yet contemplative, late "60s vibe" of the album has garnered comparisons to The Beatles and The Kinks, as well as contemporaries like Elliot Smith and Grandaddy. Hamblin's live ensemble includes local heavyweights Derek Dunivan (piano), Corey Power (guitar), Geoffery Muller (bass) and Robert Ellis (drums).

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