- Created: Thursday, 04 June 2020 22:46
Vocalist and vocal arranger Chris Bandy released a new music video on June 15, 2020 collaborating with Musical Artist Andy Wasserman in the "I-Harm-U" format made famous by Jacob Collier. "I-Harm-U" is short for "I Harmonize You." The video opens with Wasserman's solo Native American Flute, followed by a spectacular original multi-track vocal arrangement of numerous overdubs composed and performed by Chris Bandy - who also completed the entire video editing production.
Andy Wasserman created a video of a solo performance using his traditional Native American Flute. This very special flute was made for him by Russ Wolf, a member of the International Native American Flute Association and co-founder of the North American Plains Flute Society. This flute is in the key of F Sharp minor. Andy is playing the main theme song from his original film-score composition entitled "Story Water" which was originally released in 2007 on his "Bead Songs" CD.
Chris Bandy then composed and arranged the vocal arrangement and proceeded to overdub all the parts (nearly 3,000 audio takes and 40 video takes!) incorporating advanced vocal techniques.
Here's what Chris wrote to Andy during production about his process:
"I definitely wanted to delve more into the high-speed vocal runs, and I felt that the embellishments of the flute really made this a good place to do it. You may have noticed that the beginning and ending are a quarter-tone below the middle section with the flute, which creates a “pitch-arc” that the flute part rises into and falls out of. In addition, I found a quick way to push the key center from F# to B while “keeping" the F# drone that you established: G#m, F#/A#, Bm, Bm/D, C#m, B/D#, E, B/F#, G, C, F#7. To me, the introduction of the C#m, combined with the downward slide, puts the end of the arrangement in a darker mood."
Here is the video as posted on Chris Bandy's YouTube channel:
Chris Bandy wrote this in the video's description:
"An I-Harm-U, melody by Andy Wasserman, harmony by Chris Bandy. This was a unique pleasure to harmonize. Almost 3,000 audio takes and 40 video takes. A huge thanks to Andy for sending in this beautiful melody, and to @Jacob Collier for the continued inspiration. I hope you enjoy!"
To see the video on Chris Bandy's channel, click the following link:
Upon seeing the finished project, Andy was overwhelmed with emotion and wrote this to Chris in an email message:
moved with overflowing joy,
filled to the brim with admiration for you, Chris -
in your sincere dedication to excellence and integrity
grateful beyond belief for this "surround-sound" I hear with your voice(s) within/without the flute.
This video's artistic expression is the definition of what the heart of "musiciality" is all about.
Thanks and praise to God for the talent He loans to us to make His joyful resonance,
appreciative for the opportunity to have a collaboration in this way with you
Bravo (standing ovation)
Yours in Unity,
Learn more about this rising star Chris Bandy. You're going to be hearing a lot more about him.
Visit Chris Bandy's channel and websites at these links:
Chris Bandy's Biography
Chris Bandy is a pianist, vocalist, arranger, composer, transcriber, engraver, teacher, and person. He has experience performing in solo, duo, combo, chamber, a cappella, choral, and big band settings. Chris is comfortable with a wide range of styles, including jazz, funk, pop, classical, contemporary worship, and hymns. He also frequently writes vocal multitrack arrangements, and composes music in jazz and contemporary classical styles. He is a regular content creator on YouTube, having garnered over 27,000 subscribers and over 8 million views. Chris has performed with artists such as Chris Potter, Sean Jones, and Sim Flora. He has performed in Greece, Peru, Washington D.C., as well as at least 7 states in the U.S.
Chris holds a B.M. in Music Composition from Baylor University (Summa Cum Laude), and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Music Composition from University of North Texas.
In March 2015, Chris released a techno music album, featuring twelve original compositions. In July 2016, he released a jazz vocal album, featuring eight unique arrangements and two original compositions. In April 2019, he released seven high-quality recordings of original compositions for jazz piano trio. In August 2019, he completed a five-minute sophisticated a cappella arrangement of the tune "Where is Love." In November 2019, he completed a 40-minute work for chamber quartet.
Chris has worked a variety of jobs, including music theory tutor, private classical and jazz piano instructor, class instructor on digital music production, designated transcriber, freelance arranger, freelance recording vocalist, pianist (classical, jazz, traditional worship, and contemporary worship), and live musician at upscale restaurants. Chris has worked extensively as a transcriber, notating dozens of popular songs and piano solos by ear with precision and high-quality engraving.
Chris is available as a private or class instructor jazz piano, classical theory, jazz theory, jazz improvisation, and a cappella arranging. He can also teach the basics of music technology, recording, mixing, music production, and YouTube channel creation and management. He is familiar with professional programs such as Logic Pro X, Final Cut Pro X, and Finale, having used all of them consistently for multiple years.
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POST-SCRIPT ---- Andy's flute piece entitled "Story Water" was originally inspired by the following poem:
A story is like the water
you heat for your bath
It takes messages of warmth between the fire
and your skin. It lets them meet
and it cleans you!
Very few can sit down
in the middle of the fire itself.
We need intermediaries.
A feeling of fullness comes to our stomach,
but usually it takes some bread to bring it.
Beauty surrounds us,
but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.
The body itself is a screen
to shield and partially reveal
the Light that's blazing
inside your presence.
Water, stories, the body...
all the things we do, are mediums
that hide and yet show what's hidden
and enjoy this being washed
with a secret
we sometimes know,
and sometimes we know not.
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