Composer/vocalist Mike Kelleher and classical violinist Karin Kelleher release their debut album Mélange on September 4th, 2015. The album blends rich and diverse harmonic colors and rhythm, fusing jazz and classical styles, and includes original compositions and arrangements. Mélange (French for "mix" or "blend") celebrates the cross-influences of classical and jazz composers, and includes a unique ensemble of performers who excel in both genres. The unique acoustic instrumentation includes string quartet, double bass, guitar, oboe, voice, and drummer Joe McCarthy, the founder and leader of the Latin Grammy award-winning group Afro Bop Alliance.
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Karin and Mike Kelleher - Melange / Downbeat review
Downbeat Magazine excerpts from the review: "The Kellehers are passionate Washington, D.C.- based musicians with feet in jazz and classical camps. Mike-a former White House director of correspondence-sings, scats, strums and composes; Karin plays classical violin in several Maryland symphonies. Mélange presents their array of originals, covers and mashups with strings and a rhythm section...
Karin and Mike Kelleher - Melange / Jazz Weekly review
Here's a surprisingly successful album that mixes strings with chamber jazz. The husband and wife team of vocalist Mike Kelleher with violinist Karin mix strings along with jazz guitar,drums and bass on a serenely swinging affair. I'd thought I had heard it all, but a string read of Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance" along with Eliot's bass and Mike's vocals is a Godiva Dark Chocolate treat! George Harriso...
Former Obama White House Chief Releases CD / HuffPost
The fact that composer/vocalist Mike Kelleher just released - Melange an aptly named album of mixed genres, would be more newsworthy than saying he comes off as a genuinely decent person. But in these cynical times, it's actually relevant - especially given his line of work. After tag-teaming with Barack Obama through their respective campaigns for political office, the former Peace Corps vo...
Karin and Mike Kelleher - Melange / Classicalite review
Husband and wife team Karin and Mike Kelleher's Melange debut is a stunningly gorgeous cabaret drawing from jazz, classical and folk motifs. Instrumentation includes Karin's violin plus a string quartet, acoustic bass, guitar, oboe and light drums. Atop it all, is Mike's wondrous voice that flies like an eagle over these soundscapes. He's pitch-perfect like Garfunkel, Nilsson or Nash/Cros...
A 'Melange' of jazz, classical and life / The Baltimore Sun
W.C. Handy's bluesy "Chantez Les Bas" segues, somehow, into the slow movement from Brahms' Violin Concerto. Debussy's "Clair de Lune," lushly transformed by a string quartet, a subtle drummer and a man sweetly singing about masks and moonlight, conjures up images of an unusually sophisticated nightclub. And a melody from Bach's monumental Mass in B Minor finds unexpected common...
From Politics To Jazz: Karin & Mike Kelleher - Melange / WGLT Radio
Composer/vocalist Mike Kelleher and classical violinist Karin Kelleher will release their debut album - Mélange on September 4th. The album blends rich and diverse harmonic colors and rhythm, fusing jazz and classical styles, and includes original compositions and arrangements. Mélange (French for "mix" or "blend") celebrates the cross-influences of classical and jazz composers, and include...