Sophisticated enough for adults and silly enough for kids, the songs on this album will make you sing along and dance to lyrics that are entertaining, educational and whimsical. (Psst! Zucchini is wearing a bikini!)
Like the wide range of stories told in the album’s 22 songs, the music ranges from bouncy piano to gently sweeping violins; from drum-driven pop-rock to blues, Latin, and a waltz that flirts with bluegrass. The album teaches kids about opposites, appreciating the differences between people, and even how to conjugate irregular verbs. Delivered in small spoonfuls, the songs will enrich kids' verbal skills and will surely leave them asking for more.
What is Organic Music?
Goldfish Don’t Eat Pizza is the musical equivalent of a tall glass of freshly-squeezed apple juice made from the fruit in your own backyard. In other words, it's emotionally delicious and nutritious. The lyrics are pro-social and emphasize what every child should have in his or her life: unconditional love.
Organic music also sounds different than other types of music; the album contains almost exclusively acoustic instrumentation: an old, upright piano; real drums; violin; banjo; guitar; upright bass, and unaltered vocals. The CD packaging is made from partially recycled paper. Goldfish Don't Eat Pizza was recorded at the Secret Society studio in Portland, Ore.
About the Musicians
In addition to the album's creator -- composer/singer/songwriter ANNA ANTONIA GIEDWOYN -- a handful of extremely talented Portland musicians lent their talents to Goldfish Don't Eat Pizza. Read on for bios.
ANNA ANTONIA GIEDWOYN: Music, lyrics, vocals, arrangements, original album art & album design
Lifelong Portland native Anna Antonia Giedwoyn has been singing, composing music and writing lyrics since she was seven years old. At age nine, she appeared on Two at Four, a former morning television show on ABC’s Portland affiliate, KATU. A live studio audience sat in attendance. With butterflies in her stomach, the young composer sang a song she'd written about the difficulty of narrowing down the answer to, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" What was her reply? Singer, dancer, painter, writer and clothes designer!
In college, she spent a semester studying music and theater in London. Anna Antonia is an accomplished vocal soloist who sang in Lewis & Clark College's premier choir under Gil Seeley, as well as in a capella quartets, and musical theater and opera productions. She studied voice with David Kelly, Richard Poppino, Susan McBerry, and Christine Meadows. Anna Antonia studied composition with Joseph Waters at Lewis & Clark College, where she earned degrees in English Literature and Studio Art.
The eclectic musician cites folk, ragtime, latin, bluegrass, jazz, classical, and blues music as influential genres. A strong love of language infuses her music with playful rhymes and her love for storytelling is evident throughout the album.
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MATT TABOR: Co-arrangements, orchestration, piano
Originally a drummer and percussionist, Matt Tabor began studying piano at age 18, when he met jazz studies professor and pianist Darrell Grant while auditioning for the music department at Portland State University. That serendipitous meeting led to Matt becoming a Jazz Piano performance major who continued private studies with Grant. Since graduating in 2008, Matt has made a name for himself in the Portland jazz scene, leading his own Matt Tabor Trio and playing solo as well as playing as a sideman with a host of local acts including Shelly Rudolph, The Lily Wilde Orchestra, Michealangela Wilson, Ben Medler, Chance Hayden and Tana the Tattooed Lady.
The Matt Tabor Trio released its first album, Ocean View, in 2011. Matt's latest album, Preludes, Poems and Songs, is available here
Matt recently worked as orchestrator and arranger on an original musical play written by his father, entitled Recognition. The play won a Portland Area Musical Theater Award for Outstanding Ensemble, and received PAMTA nominations for Outstanding Female Actor, Outstanding Orchestrations, Outstanding Original Song, Outstanding Original Score and Outstanding Original show.
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KEITH FLEMING: Drums
Keith Fleming is a drummer, percussionist and songwriter living in Portland, Ore. A sought-after rock drummer, Fleming has toured and recorded with a number of regional rock bands in the Midwest and in Washington, D.C., including Teenbeat Records' 'Jonny Cohen's Love Machine'. After relocating to Portland in 2004, Fleming joined critically acclaimed power punk group Hemmit as drummer, vocalist and songwriter. Their album, RocketRide, received worldwide airplay and acclaim, including a spot on Dirtbag Music's 2009 compilation CD 'Tribute to the Navy Seals. Vol. 2' and a featured track on the MTV series "Shreducation Season 2". The single, Yeah Right Now, was voted the #1 rock song on band contest site OurStage.com.
Hemmit released its fourth album -- Straight Outta Nowhere -- in 2015. The band's albums can be purchased here.
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SCOTT KILLOPS: Guitar, banjo
Scott Killops is a member of Portland's vibrant old time music community. He plays banjo, guitar, and fiddle at kitchen sessions, house parties, music festivals, and the occassional square dance.
BRENT SWANSON: Acoustic guitar & mandolin
Brent Swanson is a Portland musician/songwriter/arranger who both roots music, kids' music, and a genre he calls "space rock." He performs the latter as the Exosphere Project. His album, an Exosphere released titled, Floating Above the Earth, was selected as an Editor's Pick on CDbaby.com.
Brent's passion is acoustic blues, but you can also hear jazz, folk, country and rock flavors in his music. You can purchase his album here
DAVID KROUGH: Acoustic & electric guitar
David Krough has been playing in the Oregon live music scene since 1993. Projects include The Hazmats, The Tribulations, Mr. Howl, The Lords of Borthwick and solo projects. He's known as "GoldTop Dave" for his choice of Gibson guitars as well as vintage Fender + Marshall amps and Martin acoustics.
MARYA KAZMIERSKI: Violin
Violinist Marya Kazmierski is a Portland native who currently performs in the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Oregon East Symphony, Portland Opera, Bravo! in Vancouver, Rose City Chamber Orchestra and the Newport Symphony. She has also played with the Monterey Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Portland Festival Symphony, Rose City Chamber Orchestra and Classical Revolution PDX.
ZACH SEARS: Upright bass
Zach Sears grew up playing classical guitar and piano near Willamette Falls. At Clackamas Community College Zach took up the electric bass and played guitar in the Jazz band under the direction of Tom Wakeling. After completing the two year music program, Zach decided to spend another year at CCC learning to play the double bass. Zach later transferred to Portland State University, where he studied with Alan Jones, Glen Moore, and Jeff Johnson, among others. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance.
His musical influences include artists Bob Marley, Phish, Randy Porter, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Bela Fleck, and Miles Davis.
JORDAN LEFF: Electric guitar
Jordan Leff is the Secret Society Recording Studio's house producer and engineer. He's one fourth of the neo-psychedelic pop band UHF. The band's opening track on their album If It Was Easy -- the dreamy "She Don't Know" -- aired on NBC's primetime drama Providence. The band has released four albums, with Jordan contributing vocals as well as guitar, keyboard, bass, engineering and mixing.
FLETCHER NEMETH: Banjo
Fletcher Nemeth is a member of the rock band Rainbow Jive Hammer and the folk-fusion band Kendálin. He teaches double bass at the Community Music Center in Portland as well as in his private studio.
Fletcher is a former member and section principal of Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Portland State University Symphony, and New Music Ensemble. He has appeared onstage with 3 Leg Torso, Pink Martini, and the Oregon Symphony. He has also performed as an orchestra member in musicals produced by Oregon Children’s Theater, Lakewood Theater Company and Broadway Rose. Fletcher is active in the new music/avant-garde scene through collaborations with local composers and improvisers.
SAM TABOR: Trumpet