Van Halen                        OU812

Diana Krall                        The Girl in the Other Room

Sara Bareilles                        little voice

Ryan Adams                        Love is Hell

Screaming Headless Torsos                Screaming Headless Torsos

No Doubt                        Return of Saturn

Deftones                        aournd the fur

Elvis Costello                        North

Brad Mehldau                        Seymour Reads the Constitution

Bill Frisell/Thomas Morgan                Small Town

Third Coast Percussion                Paddle to the Sea

Dave Matthews Band                    Come Tomorrow


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Primus                            Frizzle Fry

Big Sky Trio                        SHORT STORIES

Living Colour                        THE CHAIR IN THE DOORWAY

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers            mosaic

Ray Lamontagne & the Pariah Dogs            God Willin’ and The Creek Don’t Rise

Sara Bareilles                        The Blessed Unrest

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers            UGETSU

The Dixie Chicks                    Taking The Long Way

Bruce Hornsby and the Range            the way it is

Marc Broussard                    Marc Broussard

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers            Free For All

Nickel Creek                         Why Should the Fire Die?

Jeff Buckley                        GRACE

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals            FOLLOW THE LIGHTS

JUDE                            no one is really beautiful

Matt Nathanson                    Show Me Your Fangs

Van Halen                        Van Halen

Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois            Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois

Pina Napolitano                    Brahms the Progressive

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals            Jacksonville City Nights

Primus                            Sailing the Seas of Cheese

k.d. lang                        Invincible summer

Van Halen                        5150

Bob Florence Limited Edition                Treasure Chest

Rage Against the Machine                Evil Empire

311                            Sound System

Foo Fighters                        Wasting Light

Juergen Seefelder/Ingrid Jensen            Birds


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Cassandra Wilson                    glamoured

Sarah McLachlan                    fumbling towards ecstasy

Eric Clapton                        from the cradle

Van Halen                        5150

Tori Amos                        Scarlet’s Walk

Weezer                        The blue Album

Norah Jones                        Day Breaks

Brad Mehldau Trio                    Where Do You Start

Eddie Henderson                    Dark Shadows

John Mayer                        The Search For Everything

Primus                            Frizzle Fry

Jane Monheit                        Never Never Land

Phillip Phillips                        Collateral

Joe Lovano                        Quartets (Live at the Village Vanguard)

New York Voices                    SING-The songs of Paul Simon

Bill Frisell, Kermit Driscoll, Joey Baron        LIVE

The Cure                        Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

Lake Street Dive                    Side Pony

Toad The Wet Sprocket                dulcinea

Roy Haynes Group                    When It’s Haynes It Roars!

Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson            Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson    

Living Colour                        SHADE

Paramore                        After Laughter

311                            Grassroots

Van Halen                        1984

Toad The Wet Sprocket                fear

Holly Cole                        Holly

Taylor Swift                        1989

Charlie Parker                        Charlie Parker w/Strings (deluxe edition)

Kat Edmonson                    Take To The Sky

Elvis                            The Complete ’68 Comeback Special

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Amos Lee                        Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song

The Wallflowers                    Brining Down the Horse

John Mayer                        where the light is (live in LA)

Phillip Philips                        Collateral

Tori Amos                        from the choirgirl hotel

Sara Evans                        STRONGER

David Byrne                        American Utopia

Third Coast Percussion                Steve Reich

Ryan Adams                        Ashes and Fire

Spin Doctors                        Turn it Upside Down

Jane’s Addiction                    Strays

Ingrid Michaelson                    girls and boys

Liz Phair                        Liz Phair

Wilco                            Sky Blue Sky

The Bad Plus                        For All I Care

Living Colour                        Collide0Scope

Brad Paisley                        5th Gear

bill stewart                        snide remarks

THE SUNDAYS                    static & silence

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals        BURN TO SHINE

Sugarland                        Enjoy The Ride

Jamiroquai                        Traveling Without Moving

Joan Osborne                        Breakfast in Bed

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Carmen McRae                    Take Five

Carmen McRae                    Live at Sugar Hill

Sting                            mercury falling

Conrad Herwig                    New York Hardball

Carmen McRae                    Carmen Sings Monk

The Police                        Kenyatta Mondatta

Terence Blanchard                    Simply Stated

Wilco                             A.M.

Ralph Peterson’s fo’tet                ornettology

Julian Lage                        Modern Love

Meshell Ndegeocello                    Comet, Come To Me

Kirk Knuffke                        Cherryco

Prince and the NPG                    Sign

Billy Joel                        Greatest Hits Volume III

John Scofield                        Hand Jive

Sugarland                        Twice the Speed of Life

Matt Nathanson                    Last of the Great Pretenders

Nickel Creek                        A Dotted Line

Grant Green                        Idle Moments

James Taylor                        Hourglass

Tom Waits                        Closing Time

Hank Mobley                        Soul Station

Bjork                            utopia

Charlie Parker                        Complete Savoy and Dial Master Takes

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Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet                Jersey

The Cars                        Heartbeat City

INXS                            X

Faith Hill                        Cry

Led Zeppelin                        Houses of the Holy

Ray LaMontagne                    Gossip In The Grain

Mehliana                        Taming the Dragon

Howie Day                        stop all the world now

Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs        God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise


John Mayer                        Battle Studies

Sara Bareilles                        KALEIDOSCOPE HEART

Radiohead                        In Rainbows

Matt Chamberlin                    Company 23

Becca Stevens Band                    Perfect Animal

Sara Bareilles                        What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress

Pearl Jam                        ten

Marc Broussard                    Keep Coming Back

Sara Evans                        born to fly

jamie cullum                        twentysomething

Ryan Adams                        Easy Tiger

Hans Abrahamsen                    Let Me Tell You

Lake Street Dive                    Fun Machine

Bernstein Century-Copland                Rodeo, Billy the Kid, Fanfare for the                                         Common man

Kat Edmonson                    The Big Picture

Joe Henderson                    Mode for Joe

Nirvana                        In Utero

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Miles Davis                Sorcerer

Brian Setzer Orchestra        Boogie Woogie Christmas

Sonny Rollins                Saxophone Colossus

Manhattan Transfer            The Christmas Album

Vince Guaraldi Trio            A Charlie Brown Christmas

Jewel                    Joy: A Holiday Collection

Brad Mehldau Trio            Blues and Ballads

REM                    Automatic for the People

Paul Motian Trio            Sound of Love

Vanessa Williams            Star Bright

The Roots                Phrenology

Bob Dylan                Highway 61 Revisited

She and Him                Christmas

Bjork                    Utopia

Ingrid Michaelson            Snowfall EP

Barry Manilow                A Christmas Gift of Love

Bobby Previte                Claude’s Late Morning

Julian Lage                Live in Los Angelas

Kendrick Lamar            To Pimp a Butterfly

Singles Soundtrack            Deluxe Edition

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Wilco                    Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Miles Davis                Workin’

Miles Davis                 Round About Midnight

Miles Davis                Cookin’

U2                    Rattle and Hum

Wilco                    Being There

Bill Evans                Interplay

Bill Frisell                gone, just like a train

Milt Jackson                Milt Jackson Quartet

Milt Jackson                Plenty, Plenty Soul

Milt Jackson                Jackson’sville

Milt Jackson                Soul Brothers w/Ray Charles

Milt Jackson                Bean Bag’s

Milt Jackson                Bag’s Opus

Milt Jackson                Bag’s & Trane

Milt Jackson                Soul Meeting w/Ray Charles

James Taylor                James Taylor at Christmas

Diana Krall                Christmas Songs

James Taylor                New Moon Shine

Shelby Lynne/Allison Moorer        Not Dark Yet

Harry Connick Jr.            When My Heart Find Christmas

Ryan Adams                Ashes and Fire


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Duke Ellington                Indigos

Duke Ellington                Jazz Party

Duke Ellington                Side by Side

Duke Ellington                Back to Back

Tom Petty                Wildflowers

Duke Ellington                Blues in Orbit

Phil Collins                Serious Hits…Live

Duke Ellington                First Time! The Count meets the Duke    

Dave Mathews Band            Before These Crowded Streets

Louis Armstong            Hot 5’s and 7’s Box Set disc C

Wiener Phil/Pierre Boulez        Bruckner 8th Symphony        

The Wombats                Glitterbug

Berlin Phil/Von Karajan        Beethoven 5th Symphony

Nickel Creek                Nickel Creek

Charlie Parker                Bird Up

Ryan Adams                Gold

rage against the machine        rage against the machine

John Mayer                CONTINUUM

Louis Armstong            Hot 5’s and 7’s Box Set disc D

Green Day                american idiot

Thelonious Monk            Brilliant Corners

Living Colour                Stain

Philip Phillips                The World From The Side Of The Moon

NO DOUBT                ROCK STEADY


Nate Smith                KINFOLK: Postcards from Everywhere

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Dave Douglas                High Risk

Living Colour                time’s up

Bruce Hornsby            Hot House

Brad Mehldau Trio            Where Do You Start

marc broussard            carencro

Peter Gabriel                UP

Lake Street Dive            Side Pony

Miles Davis                Kind of Blue

Fishbone                The Reality of My Surroudings

Ryan Adams                Prisoner

The Pretenders            ALONE

Louis Armstrong            Hot 5’s and 7’s Box set disc A

Maroon 5                It Won’t Be Soon Before Long

Louis Armstrong            Hot 5’s and 7’s Box set disc B

Bruce Hornsby & the Range        the way it is

Ben Webster/Sweets’ Edison        Ben and “Sweets”

Duke Ellington                Such Sweet Thunder

Duke Ellington                Black Brown and Beige

Duke Ellington                Duke Ellington at the Bal Masque

Duke Ellington                The Cosmic Scene

Duke Ellington                Anatomy of A Murder

Duke Ellington                Nutcracker Suite

Duke Ellington                Piano in the Foreground

Duke Ellington                Together Again w/Louis Armstrong

Daft Punk                Random Access Memories

Fiona Apple                When the Pawn…

Lyle Lovett                Pontiac

Dave Douglas    Quintet            Be Still

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Amos Lee                Mission Bell

Me’Shell Ndegeocello            peace beyond passion

Don Henley                Actual Miles

Dixie Chicks                HOME

Gavin DeGraw            CHARIOT

The Heyday                The Heyday

The Band                Greatest Hits

Sara Bareilles                Little Voice

Stone Temple Pilots            CORE

Ryan Adams                Ashes and Fire

Dixie Chicks                Taking the Long Way

Bjork                    Vespertine

paramore                brand new eyes

The B-52’s                TIME CAPSULE

Blink 182                Enema of the State

Adele                    25

deftones                white pony

John Abercrombie/Marc Johnson/Peter Erskine

John Hiatt                Bring The Family

John Abercrombie            While We’re Young

Gateway                Homecoming

Stone Temple Pilots            12 Gracious Melodies

Jeff Buckley                Grace

Joni Mitchell                Both Sides Now

John Mayer                The Search for Everything

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John Mayer                Heavier Things

Dave Matthews Band            Busted Stuff

James Farm                 City Folk

Ice Cube                Lethal Injection

Alison Krauss    & Union Station    Lonely Runs Both Ways

Alice In Chains            Dirt

Cracker                Kerosene Hat

311                    Music

Ryan Adams                Love is Hell

Tom Waits                The Heart of Saturday Night

Paramore                Paramore

The Psychedelic Furs            Book of Days

Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersThe Big Beat

Soundgarden                Down On the Upside

Sister Hazel                LIVE 1 & 2

Wilco                    A Ghost is Born

AuthorShilo Stroman

A lot of this month was based on Spotify and music on my phone due to traveling and teaching the Battalion Drum Corps

Blink 182                 Enema of the State

The Beach Boys            Greatest Hits Volume 1 and 2

Sara Bareilles                What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress

Michelle Branch            the spirit room

Becca Stevens            Regina

Aphex Twin                Selected Ambient Works 85-92

Portishead                Third

David Torn                Only Sky

John Mayer                The Search for Everything

Ryan Adams                Prisoner

Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau        Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau

Brad Mehldau/Joshua Redman    Nearness

John Scofield                Country for Old Men

Radiohead                A Moon Shaped Pool

Bill Frisell                All We Are Saying

David Bowie                Blackstar

Matt Chamberlin            Comet B

Sara Bareilles                Brave Enough

Lake Street Dive            Bad Self Portraits

Lake Street Dive            Fun Machine

Kate Davis                Live at Jimmy Mak’s

Ryan Adams                Ryan Adams


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Peter Cincotti                Peter Cincotti

Matt Nathanson            Some Mad Hope

Rimsky-Korsakov            Sheherazade/Capriccio Espagnol (Bernstien conducting)

Mariah Carey                MTV Unplugged EP

Prodigy                The Fat of the Land

gin blossoms                New Miserable Experience

Paramore                 After Laughter

Michael Torke                Rapture, An American Abroad, Jasper (Alsop conducting)

Chet Baker                Chet Baker Sings

Paramore                Paramore

Paramore                Brand New Eyes

Paramore                After Laughter

Norah Jones                Day Breaks

Brad Mehldau Trio            Brad Mehldau Trio Live

Sara Evans                Restless

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Joss Stone                The Soul Sessions

James Taylor                New Moon Shine

Michael Jackson            The Essential Michael Jackson

Alice in Chains            Jar of Flies

Echo & The Bunnymen        Echo & The Bunnymen

Echo & The Bunnymen        Porcupine

John McLaughlin            the free spirits, Tokyo Live

Echo & The Bunnymen        Crocodiles

Kat Edmonson            The Big Picture

Echo & The Bunnymen        Ocean Rain

WILCO                Sky Blue Sky

Echo & The Bunnymen        Heaven Up Here

Tori Amos                Little Earthquakes

Bill Frisell                Guitar in the Space Age

Nat King Cole                At the Sands/Welcome to the Club

Alarm Will Sound            Acoustica

John Mayer                The Search for Everything

Beck                    Morning Phase


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John Scofield Quartet            What We Do

Juliana Hatfield            Only Everything

Svet Stoyanov                Percussive Counterpoint

The Psychedelic Furs            Book of Days

Juliana Hatfield            How to Walk Away

Lenny Kravitz                Are You Gonna Go My Way

Lyle Lovett                Pontiac

John Coltrane                Giant Steps

Peter Gabriel                Secret World Live

Matt Nathanson            Some Mad Hope

Soundgarden                down on the upside

Brad Paisley                Time Well Wasted

Joe Henderson            Inner Urge

Sara Bareilles                Kaleidoscope Heart

Ryan Adams                Prisoner

Alison Krauss                Windy City

Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau        Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau

Shelby Lynne                Just A Little Lovin’

David Gray                 White Ladder

Bill Stewart                telepathy

Stefon Harris                BlackActionFigure

Van Halen                5150

Dusty Springfield            Dusty in Memphis

Julian Hatfield    three            become what you are

Harry Nilsson                A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night

Dave Matthews Band            Away from the World

Faith Hill                BREATHE

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Hello all. Here is my list for February. Some new releases this month! Also found a gem I never knew existed. Nilsson sings Newman by Harry Nilsson. Another great recording by one of the best voices in the history of Pop music. Enjoy!

Nine Inch Nails            With Teeth

Wilco                    Wilco Schmilco

Sara Bareilles                The Blessed Unrest

Martha Argerich            Chopin 5 CD Boxed Set

Bartok                    String Quartets

Lake Street Dive            Side Pony

Amos Lee                Spirit

Living Colour                STAIN

John Mayer                Heavier Things

Dirty Loops                Loopified

Dixie Chicks                Taking the Long Way

Marc Broussard            A Life Worth Living

Thelonious Monk            Criss-Cross

Sara Bareilles                brave enough

Liz Phair                Liz Phair

Fiona Apple                Tidal

Ryan Adams                Prisoner

Alison Krauss                Windy City

Harry Nilsson                Nilsson Sings Newman

Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau        Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau

Lee Morgan                The Sidewinder

Miles Davis                Milestones

Meshell Ndegeogello            Plantation Lullabies

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Hello all! I was talking with a friend one day about what I listen too, if I keep track of my listening habits and if I ever would get through my entire collection. So, this year I decided to keep track! Steven Soderbergh has been doing a similar thing for years now. Check it out here: 

My list is only of recordings I've listened to all the way through. I didn't list the random things I listen to in the morning while getting ready for work or tunes I might be learning for a gig etc. This experience has been enjoyable reliving the emotions and memories related to many of these recordings. I hope you enjoy listening on a regular basis and this list might provide some new recordings for you to check out. Happy listening!


Bryan Adams                 Reckless

Brad Mehldau Trio             Progression

Radiohead                 A Moon Shaped Pool

David Bowie                 Blackstar

A Tribe Called Quest            We Got it From Here…

Kneebody/Daedelus            Kneedelus

Brad Mehldau/Joshua Redman    Nearness

Ryan Adams                1989

Deftones                Gore

John Mayer                Room for Squares

George Michael            Best Of…Double CD Set

Dave Matthews Band            Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King

Bartok                    String Quartets

Amos Lee                Mission Bell

Ornette Coleman            Change of the Century

Donny McCaslin            Beyond Now

Pat Metheny                Trio 99-00

Ryan Adams                Ashes and Fire

Fishbone                Give a Monkey A Brain and He’ll Swear He’s the Center of  the Universe

Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories        Tails

CAKE                    Comfort Eagle

Liz Phair                White Chocolate Space Egg

INXS                    Kick

Robert Plant                Band of Joy

The Sundays                reading, writing and arithmetic

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers    The Big Beat

Beck                    Morning Phase

AuthorShilo Stroman

Once I decided this would be the foundation of the piece I made…you guessed it, another list! This one had the instrumentation (piano, bass clarinet, flute, string quartet and percussion), a foundation for my text, a basic time limit and an idea of the overall vibe I wanted to capture. Sometimes I jot down orchestration ideas or time signatures, grooves, licks etc I might use in a piece. Parameters are often good for me. After I’ve finished this brainstorm of sorts, the actual writing begins and I tend to write very organically. Meaning, I let it come to me and I tend to “play around” with ideas until I like where they're headed. I generally don’t plan too much out ahead of time and I rarely use a key signature. I like letting it happen which must be the Jazz musician in me. 

Warning! Some technical stuff to follow.

This piece started with a drumset groove in a 6/4 time signature and the tempo is marked as “Trance Ballad”. (Check my instagram for a short video of the groove) I wasn’t even at a drumset when it came to me. I think I was at Starbucks with my laptop. (I can often get lost in my work at a coffee shop)

Intervals stacked in 4ths or “quartal harmony” came out right away first by the piano and later by the strings. A very “awkward” bass clarinet melody came next. I love the bass clarinet because its such a warm and versatile instrument. I won’t go into more detail as to not give TOO much away. Some slow moving string melodies, a change of groove and spaces for the text completes the basic structure of the piece. Now that the piece was written, I needed details of my text.I was at Colorado State University where I teach and was talking with one of my students about the project. He mentioned his girlfriend is a writer and actress and might be interested in the project. I was SO EXCITED. We went back and forth about the general vibe I wanted and I sent her a recording of the piece. She came back with some great material and we will record the samples here is a couple weeks. Think Casablanca meets the 1990s Seattle Grunge Scene!

The piece is completed and I’m looking forward to rehearsing and performing the work. I hope to see you there! Follow me on twitter, instagram and Facebook with the hashtag,  #NOCOELEMENTAL for more updates regarding my piece and the concert series. 

AuthorShilo Stroman

And it rained… is the title of my composition for the NOCO Artists Elemental Concert Series. ( I was very excited when Scott Stewart (NOCO Artists Director) approached me about writing a piece. Contemporary chamber music is something I have a real passion for and I’m glad there is such a great group right here in Northern Colorado! I thought I’d share some of my compositional process in hopes it will inspire people to attend the premiere of the work.

The idea of representing the elements through music really appealed to me due to my background in arranging/composing for the pageantry arts (marching bands and indoor percussion ensembles). Writing for the pageantry arts always entails creating a musical landscape that portrays some sort of concept. So, writing a piece inspired by an element is right in my wheelhouse. The first concert is Fire and Water and I wrestled with these two ideas for quite a while. Water ended up generating the most ideas right off the bat.

One of the first things I do when working on a new piece is to “fill the well”. Meaning, I listen to a lot of music similar in style to what I’m working on. Or, sometimes something thats not related at all! Here are two pieces I was listening to while working on And it rained..If you like these links, please consider supporting the artists by purchasing their recordings!

In continuing to “fill the well”, I always make a list of ANYTHING that comes to mind in regards to the concept. (lots of crazy notebooks in my world) In this case, water in the form of rain became the idea that most resonated with me. Next in the process? More lists! I knew I wanted to use samples ( of spoken word in some way. I made lists of poems, movie quotes, lyrics etc. that related to rain. (Special thanks to Veronica Patterson for sending me some poems to check out!) I really wanted to use some sort of poem or quote but nothing was capturing my attention. Then it came to me. Are you ready? Romantic Comedies! More commonly known as, “chick flicks”. EVERY one of these films seems to have a scene containing rain, even if it takes place in the desert…kidding. However, Hollywood has done a great job teaching us what role rain has in these movies. I may have seen several of these movies…don’t judge. What can I say…I’m a hopeless romantic and the movie When Harry met Sally was my gateway drug. Plus, it had a killer soundtrack!

 A page from my notebook. 

A page from my notebook. 

Check back soon for what happens after the well is full! 

Follow me on twitter, instagram and Facebook with the hashtag,  #NOCOELEMENTAL for more updates regarding my piece and the concert series. And…pay attention next time you watch a film with a rain scene!


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