Strings & Wood Presents: Geoffrey Louis Koch

Geoffrey Louis Koch

Nashville indie/folk songwriter for fans of: Gregory Alan Isakov, Damien Rice, Wilco, Elliott Smith, Ryan Adams, Bon Iver, Death Cab For Cutie, Counting Crows, Neil Young.

Geoffrey is a Midwestern singer-songwriter based in Nashville, TN. Influenced by unique storytelling and songwriters, he's created his own compelling and artistic brand of acoustic/indie/atmospheric folk music.

A documentary is being made by Joe Gomez (www.joegomez.net). The film will capture an inside look at Koch's writing and recording of the next studio record.

His most-recent cd is 'Follow The Voices.' 'FTV' is a collection of acoustic indie/folk songs set to a symphony orchestra backing band. Filled with beautiful and lush instrumentation, Koch says, "we were going for Gregory Alan Isakov's 'This Empty Northern Hemisphere' meets Bon Iver's 'For Emma, Forever Ago.'" A successful Kickstarter campaign supported both the making of 'FTV' and a Midwestern tour to record a Daytrotter session. 'The Storm' from 'FTV' won Lyric Finalist (1 of 17 of 18,000 total entries) in the International Songwriting Competition.

In January of 2013 - he booked himself a tour to The Inauguration in Washington, D.C. to test drive material that would end up on "Follow The Voices." In July he recorded and co-produced it at SiloTree Studios in-between Midwest and Southeast Summer tours. In December of 2013 while mixing 'FTV' Koch repackaged and reissued a full-length studio album co-produced by Wilco's Ken Coomer, 'If It Feels Good, Don't Do It.' That record blends full-on rock and roll with hints of the signature ambient folk he's fine-tuned in recent years.

While living in St. Louis, Geoffrey was a featured musician in the documentary series The Chevy Music Showcase. In 2012 the videos they produced created a fresh wave of exposure and momentum for him, via his episodes airing on the local CBS affiliate and their presence on YouTube. Geoffrey performed 'Chasing After You' (a single off of '...Don't Do It' and winner of Best Demo by The Recording Academy/Memphis Chapter) showcasing the songwriting range and depth he has become known for.

All-told, Geoffrey has been touring the country and making music as an independent songwriter and performer since 2004. Koch has criss-crossed The United States with music while also fulfilling the roles of booking agency, publicist, and manager. In that time he's stocked his resume with hundreds of honed, compelling live shows - many with household names. "Live At Lucas School House" and "Throwing Rocks At Your Ghost" were his first efforts and the solid groundwork for the more refined and polished art and performances of today.

Jacob Russo

Jacob Russo hails from the acoustic corn fields of Western Colorado, but has since embraced the atmosphere of life in the city in his recent home of Denver. Although he calls the Front Range home, musical explorations have taken him far and wide, helping craft his unique blend of rustic indie-folk. These experiences forged melodic stylings, bringing to mind soft-focus sunsets and felt-tipped sensibilities. Jacob's live performances are tinged with a sort of hopeless honesty found only in the most genuine of folk musicians.

"If you don't want to feel the wind on your face, be at a Baptist church on Sunday morning, or be transported back to a time when all was innocence and possibility you probably don't want to listen to Jacob Russo."
-Peter Himmelman

Jacob has shared the bill with folk artists such as Gregory Alan Isakov, SHEL and Caleb Hawley. He is a fixture of the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, having participated in the Songschool for a number of years. Notable venues such as the Boulder Theater and Belly Up Aspen have hosted his musical performances. Music from his 2011 release "Start Again Somewhere" was used in "where the Yellowstone Goes", an environmentally-conscious documentary by visionary filmmaker Hunter Weeks. Jacob currently lives and records in a basement apartment on Capitol Hill, spending his days composing clever ditties from inside jokes and moth-eaten references to modern culture.

Paul Kimbiris

Paul Kimbiris is a recovering Philadelphian who now resides in Boulder, CO. Since the year 2000 he has been writing and performing all over the world opening, from Copenhagen, Denmark to Austin, TX opening for acts such as the Dead Milkmen, Hammell on Trial, and most recently Gregory Alan Isakov. His first full length release is due out late winter 2014 and is being produced by Philip Parker (Glowing House, Paper Stars). His songs have appeared on several major network TV shows such as Nick Freeno Licensed Teacher and the emmy award winning cop drama "The Shield".

Ramaya Soskin

Born outside New Hope, Pennsylvania, and calling Boulder, Colorado his home since 2000, Ramaya Soskin is a songwriter.

Beginning first at Naropa University he formed a rock and reggae trio named Specter X with Ian Hansson and Devin Liles that spent over 3 years heating up dance floors and generally just being awesome. While maturing as a songwriter he practiced his craft and soon started the indie alt-rock band SLOWROSA with local songstress Cate Coslor, Tres Altman, Chris Mustaine and Jeb Bows. While being managed by Brian Schwartz (Dinosaur Jr., Paper Bird, Rose Hill Drive), and supported by both Coupe Studio and What Are Records?, the band performed with acts such as Devotchka, The Fray, and The Czars at Boulder's "Fox" and "Boulder Theater". Ramaya's next project was entitled A. Ballad Nightly and included players Jess DeNicola, Jeb Bows, Jack Leahy, and Leor Manelis. It was during this incarnation that Ramaya released an album of his original material entitled "All In Good Time" in November of 2007. Both haunting and revealing, the album is a collection of delicate lullabyes, saucy rockers, and sultry ballads. Upon it's release CdBaby.com gave it the "Editor's Pick of the Month" saying:

"Simultaneously blending echoes of Iron and Wine, Ryan Adams, Wilco and Jeff Buckley, Ramaya Soskin's new album somehow engages both the daring spirit and tender vulnerability. Wrapping up gentle folk in lush pop harmonies, cradling thoughtful songwriting with sometimes-hushed, sometimes-assertive vocals that are strung through these songs like a golden thread, the songs on All in Good Time capture a unique pocket of inspired and sincere writing with volumes of courage and determination. Somewhere between the rush of falling in love and the beautiful bitterness of having your heart broken, you’ll find emotions so delicious that you can’t quite let them go. Such is the magic of Ramaya Soskin's All In Good Time."

The album, "All In Good Time", among many others, is available to stream or download under the "MUSIC" heading, and at ramayasoskin.bandcamp.com. A 2015 Re-issue of the CD is available at the iTunes music store among many other digital distributers, and hardcopies of the CD are available at cdbaby.com/cd/ramayasoskin.

In 2009 Ramaya joined up with fellow Boulder songwriter (and longtime hombre) Gregory Alan Isakov. They toured as a duo (where Ramaya both accompanied Greg and performed solo) for over 3 years. Tour schedules took them all over the US, Canada (Winnipeg Folk Festival), Cayamo Cruise shows, and twice to Europe; Italy, England and Scotland (w/ Chris Pureka), Germany (w/ Nathaniel Rateliff), and Holland (w/ Devotchka). As a full 6 piece band here in Boulder they sold out the Fox Theater, Chataqua Auditorium, and Redrocks (with Brandi Carlile).

In 2010 Ramaya accompanied by vocalist Dana Raabe, toured with friend and hero songsmith Chris Pureka in support of her album "How I Learned To See In The Dark".

As founder of Boulder's "Troubadours", a monthly platform to showcase local songwriters, Ramaya has been offering the community a musical hub around which thier local favorites are teamed up with stellar undiscovered talent. "It's the best of the local flavor in a myriad of expression, all in one place" (Boulder Weekly). These "Troubadours" showcases have been presented monthly for 10 years+ at such venues as The Fox Theater, Trilogy, B.side Lounge, Shine, and The Laughing Goat.

All in all, Ramaya and the bands he has been a part of have shared the stage with: Brandi Carlisle, Fiona Apple, The Fray, Devotchka, The Lumineers, Glen Hansard and The Swell Season, Gregory Alan Isakov, Nathaniel Rateliff, Paper Bird, Chris Pureka, Elephant Revival, Dechen Hawk, Colin Robison, Reed Foehl, Paul Kimbiris, Ian Cooke, and many other wonderful artists...

Currently Ramaya can be seen playing music in the Boulder/Denver area regularly at venues such as the Laughing Goat and Shine where he won 1st prize at the "Aspen Songwriter's Competition".

Recently accompanying Ramaya is a diverse cast of soul mates and allstars, including:

Jeb Bows: violin
Alexandra Schwan: vocals
Cate Coslor: vocals
Colin Robison: guitar and vocals
Dechen Hawk: keys and vocals
Mirco Altenbach: sax

$10.00 - $15.00

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