2013 / 2014
As I'm now officially a resident of Green Valley, AZ, I have begun integrating myself in the land of the sun. I am beginning to meet some wonderful local musicians and encouraged by the potential to perform in the area. I am also currently in the process of putting together a tour on the east coast for October 2014. Check the GIGS section for more details.
The following projects will continue to be pursued on an ongoing basis...
(1) Solo acoustic/light ambient electronic performances in listener friendly venues such as libraries, house concerts, churches, museums etc.
(2) Solo electronic ambient looping and improvisation. The sound design will be enhanced by the iPad AniMoog application. The first of these type of performances will take place @ the Philadelphia Museum Of Art on December 7, 2012.
(3) Getting Serious Fun a larger footprint on the map. The first performance will take place as part of our house concert series on Saturday, March 23, 2013. This show will be a benefit for the Colin Biedermann Memorial Scholarship associated with The School For Improvised Music www.schoolforimprov.org in Brooklyn, NY. Additionally, we will be performing with Diane Moser www.dianemosermusic.com @ First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County in Orange, NJ on Saturday, May 4, 2013 and Grace Lutheran Church in NYC on Saturday, June 15, 2013.
(4) Recording and performing with guitarist extraordinaire Mike Kraynak. Initial sessions took place the weekend prior to "Sandy" up in Charlestown, RI. Our engineer Mark Williams captured some inspired moments with his new mobile recording equipment. The group/project will now be officially known as "Magic Spot". This duo will debut at the benefit house concert on Saturday, March 23, 2013 and hope to release a recording sometime down the road.
(5) Recording and performing with keyboardist Anthony LaMort. We will be working under the banner "Amalgamation". Our intial recording entitled "Watch Your Step" will be available for free will donations at our performances. Our first concert will take place @ the Ivanhoe Wheelhouse on Sunday, April 28, 2013
That's it for the moment...
"Live @ Salon 33" and "Live...coming to a library near you" were simultaneously released in early June and now are available for sale on this website and at the shows. On a broader note, the majority of the CD catalogue as well as digital downloads are now available on Amazon as well as on CD Baby, iTunes and other digital sources.
Neither of these two recordings could have been completed without the following team...
Source Recordings: Mark Williams
CD Artwork / Design: Bob Findlay and Stan Wasilewsky - Fairway Productions, Flanders, NJ www.fairwayproductions.net
Studio Sound Engineer / Mastering: Ernie Fortunato - Studio F, Watchung, NJ
Photography: Laura Brownlee www.laurabrownlee.blogspot.com
Bob Skinner www.skinnerphotography.com
One simple statement ties them all together...they are all extremely talented folks that I have been blessed to meet along my creative path. Please seek them out and enjoy their own work...
Also, the Serious Fun trio is finally getting serious. The driving force behind this project is the profoundly talented poet (and severely underrated harmonica player) John Hammel. I can't even begin to highlight all the different artistic / musical endeavors Mr. Hammel is and has been involved with. Please go to www.triobellacantare.com for more information about this multifaceted artist. JH's dark and thought provoking poetry is being transported by the visionary keyboardist / electronics maestro Anthony LaMort www.amlamortpipeorgan.com and yours truly on acoustic guitar and electronics. The trio recorded two live in the studio recordings entitled "The Red House Panties" and "An American Anthem"
in May and September respectively @ James Manno's Jamman Studio www.jammanproductions.com
Both recordings are now available for sale at our shows and via CD Baby and Amazon. Serious Fun will also be performing as much as practical as it is clear there is no substitute for the inspiration provided by live audiences.
For more info on Serious Fun go to www.viralfurman.com
The Past Is Not Forgotten
My son Colin Biedermann passed away on August 27, 2005. He was 19 years young. CB was the rhythmic force behind our duo work as well as that of White Light's. Besides the responsibility of maintaining the pulse, he pushed the music forward with musical sensibilities attributed to a musician of many more years' experience. His ability to improvise in a group context was of the highest order and allowed the other players extraordinary freedom to interpret the music and play with abandon. His abilities as a musician were only surpassed by his human qualities...the understatement of a lifetime. Colin will be sorely missed...however...never forgotten.