The Bell Cycle, Lewis Lazar, Sonya Kitchell, Garth Stevenson

The Bell Cycle

The Bell Cycle is a two headed monster hell-bent on bringing the All Encompassing Universal Vibration of Love Light (AEUVLL) to all forms of sentient life on this planet. It bears within it the living souls of Isabel Castellvi and Rob Chamberlain. Multi-instrumentalists both, the two pluck cello strings, shred guitar strings, batter drums, sing, and transmit digital samples of sound waves they've collected throughout their lifetimes to further shed Love Light wherever they may traverse. It is truly a wonder of nature.

The music made by The Bell Cycle is at times pleasant; nurturing, but that doesn't mean it doesn't rock. It rocks plenty. In it's Brooklyn habitat, it can be seen drawing unsuspecting humans into its presence with melodious strings, infectious beats and vocal harmonies that induce a widespread sense of unfounded well-being. Often, it will then bewilder its prey by emitting a nonsensical string of noise that defies all bounds of sonic temperament. Few have been known to escape unscathed.

In short The Bell Cycle could be said to love everything and everyone with an earnest intensity not seen elsewhere in the natural world, if it could be said to love at all. In the coming days, the first known recordings of this otherworldly oddity will be unleashed on planet Earth for the first time. It is titled "Paid By the Word". You can learn more about that (including how to obtain it before the rest of humanity) at and on Facebook.

Lewis Lazar

Lewis Lazar is a direct descendent of Sergei Krakovsky, personal musician to the Czar, who met his untimely death by poison. A recent immigrant from Dublin, Lazar was born of Danish and American parents, raised in Brussels, deflowered in Paris, seasoned in India, and awakened in New York. Music has been the through line of all these experiences. You can listen to what Lazar sings here and see what Lazar sees here

Sonya Kitchell

Sonya Kitchell is a sophisticated artist and songwriter with something meaningful to say about the human condition, dedicated to using her music to provoke thought and positive change. Her songs are often personal, sometimes political but all are offered with heartfelt honesty. She has worked with numerous, well established artists, ranging from Herbie Hancock to Joni Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, and Ben Harper; Touring the world in support of her music and in collaboration with those who have inspired her. With two internationally selling albums under her belt (“Words Came Back to Me,” produced by Steve Addabbo (Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin) 2006, “This Storm” produced by Malcolm Burn (Daniel Lanois, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris) 2008) and a third EP of honest music with a string quartet, titled “Convict of Conviction,” released in 2010, People magazine summed it up presciently: “Sonya Kitchell is destined for great things."

Garth Stevenson

Brooklyn-based composer and double bassist, Garth Stevenson, draws most of his creative inspiration from the natural landscapes beyond the metropolis in which he has lived for the bulk his twenties. Garth was raised in the mountains of British Columbia by parents that spent all of their free time in the outdoors. Nature became his primary inspiration and the common thread between his life and music. In the past four years, Garth has released two full-length solo albums, informed by his experiences carrying his 150-year-old double bass to the woods, the beach, and the desert. His most recent and critically acclaimed release, Flying, is a seventy-five minute adulation to a recent life-changing trip to Antarctica. Of Flying, iTunes praises, “Garth Stevenson joins the likes of Brian Eno, Sigur Rós, and David Sylvian as a practitioner of this ethereal yet accessible genre… ‘The Southern Sea’ offers the aural equivalent of effortlessly swimming underwater without ever needing to come up for air.”

Stevenson’s music is cinematic in quality and has found it’s way into independent films, commercials such as the Barnes and Noble “Nook” campaign, and into Leela, a meditative video game based on the teachings of Deepak Chopra, produced by Curious Pictures and THQ. Stevenson recently composed a good portion of the original score to A Fierce Green Fire, an environmental documentary by Oscar nominated director Mark Kitchell and narrated by Robert Redford., premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.

His month-long journey to Antarctica took place on an ice-breaker full of renowned artists including author Cormac McCarthy and actress Juliette Binoche. Stevenson played his double bass to seals, penguins and icebergs while composing the score and acting in the feature film directed by Scott Cohen, featuring Vincent Kartheiser of Mad Men. Roger Payne, the famous whale researcher and first to record the humpback whales in the 60′s was also on the trip. “I spent a few weeks prior to the trip learning to adapt whale calls on my bass by playing along with Roger’s Songs Of The Humpback Whales recording the same way I used to play along with Charlie Mingus albums. One evening, in the middle of a four day open sea crossing between South Georgia and Antarctica, I gave a concert at sunset on the bow of our ship. I was improvising and creating layers with my loop pedal then started imitating whale calls on the bass. A few minutes later twelve sei whales came and swam next to our vessel!”

Garth introduced his music to the yoga community at the Wanderlust Festival in 2009. His improvisations contoured an hour-long classes led by Elena Brower, with whom he had an instant connection. Garth is well known for his morning meditation hikes at Wanderlust where he carries his bass, pedals and battery powered speaker high into the mountains to perform his solo music in remote nature locations for large audiences of hikers. Back in New York he plays regularly with Brower at Virayoga, her studio in SOHO. Together they have led yoga classes at MoMA, Wanderlust, the Brooklyn Museum, in Central Park for 13 000 people and for a class in Paris for France’s largest yoga gathering in history for over 3000 people in front of the Eiffel Tower. Stevenson has also collaborated with Schuyler Grant, John Friend, Samantha Shakti Brown, Kelly Blaser, Kate Greer, Richmond Dickson, Sianna Sherman, Stacey Rosenberg, Stephanie Sandleben, Kenny Graham, Tara Glazier, Kevin Courtney and Dana Courtney. His latest album Flying is being used by teachers all over the world. Flying was featured in the September 2011 Music Issue of Yoga Journal, on the main page of iTunes, WNYC’s New Sounds and CBC’s The Signal.

Additionally, in 2008, Garth was awarded with the International Society of Bassists composition competition first prize for his innovative piece “Grandfather: for double bass and electronics” and subsequently served as a judge for the competition in 2010. In 2009 he was commissioned by Robert Nairn, Julliard faculty, and Heidi Von Bernewitz of the London Philharmonic to composed “Migration: for double bass and viola”. Stevenson has collaborated with folk/rock singer Sonya Kitchell since 2005 and composed the string quartets for her most recent album Convict of Conviction. Stevenson is a founding member of 5707, the ambient duo with guitarist Ryan Ferreira and TAQ, the polish piano trio with Marcin Masecki and Ziv Ravitz. Stevenson is active in the New York jazz and experimental scene and has performed with Mat Maneri, Craig Taiborn, Randy Peterson, George Garzone, Joe Lovano and Ornette Coleman.
As a freelance bassist he has recorded on over 50 albums and has performed with Alash Ensemble (Tuvan throat singers), the Crash Test Dummies, Fitz and the Tantrums, Annie and the Beekeepers, and Lucy Wainwright.

Stevenson attended Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship and received a degree is Performance and Jazz Composition. He has appeared on David Letterman, Craig Fergusson, hundreds of radio stations, at Bonnaroo, and at music festivals in Europe, Japan, Canada, and South America.
Stevenson spent February, 2010 in Antarctica performing and acting in a new film by director Scott Cohen with actors Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Thirlby and William Campbell. He had the opportunity to play with thousands of penguins, seals, ice bergs, and called twelve whales to the boat by imitating whale calls on his bass. His collaboration with Cohen continues as he composes music for the film score.

Garth introduced his solo music to the yoga community at Wanderlust, a festival of music and yoga at Lake Tahoe, California. His improvisations contoured the hour long classes led by Elena Brower, with whom he had an instant connection. Back in New York he plays regularly with Brower at Virayoga, her studio in SOHO. The have given glasses at MoMA for three hundred people and for the world’s largest yoga class at Central Park for 13,000 people.

Stevenson graduated from the Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship with a degree composition and performance in 2004. While Boston he played with jazz legends George Garzone, Joe Lovano, John Lockwood, and founded TAQ, a trio with Polish pianist, Marcin Masecki, and Israeli drummer, Ziv Ravitz. In 2005 he moved to New York and joined bands with Sonya Kitchell, John Shannon, Mat Maneri, Ryan Ferreira, Petr Cancura and worked as a freelance bassist appearing on over 50 recordings. Sonya Kitchell’s latest album Convict of Conviction features his arrangements for string quartet.

He has performed on David Letterman, Craig Fergusson, hundreds of radio stations, at Bonnaroo, and at music festivals in Europe, Japan, Canada, and South America.



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