Martha Colby - Cellist | West Yellowstone, Montana(no reviews)
Based In: West Yellowstone, Montana
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Martha Colby is an incredibly versatile musician, able to accommodate numerous functions. As a soloist, her main instrument is the cello. She is a well versed and lovely classical cellist. However, she also knows how to swing and excels in jazz as well as rock music. In her available bag of tricks, she uses a loop pedal (amongst other effects) which allows her to record herself as she plays, layering sounds to create a wonderful atmosphere for any occasion. She also sings and plays piano and is known to do all 3 at once. Her concerts are as diverse as she is. She sings and plays her original
... music as well as new takes on classic tunes like "Black Dog" and "Fly Like An Eagle".
She is also a very versatile ensemble player. She is a member of the Lake String Quartet, performing music from Bach to AC/DC, and she has played in jazz bands, orchestras, rock bands, Latin ensembles, free improvisational ensembles and accompanied numerous singer-songwriters, as well as leading her own band.
She has spent the last decade entertaining the diverse array of visitors in Yellowstone National Park - both as a soloist and also as a member of the Lake String Quartet.
Bach suites 1-5
Classic classical wedding music
Kummer, Handel, Mozart, Bartok, Telemann,
jazz standards -numerous
pop tunes like Billy Jean, Roar, Smooth Criminal, Sweet Dreams are Made of This
classic rock tunes like Mother, Black Dog, Fly Like an Eagle, Comfortably Numb
Folk rock tunes like Both Sides Now, Harvest Moon, Old Man, Angel from Montgomery, Wichita Lineman
Film favorites like The Gael from Last of the Mohicans, Game of Thrones theme, Harry Potter, On Golden Pond
Original songs which can be sampled at www.Marthacolbymusic.com
Cellist, pianist, writer, singer, arranger, and teacher, Martha Colby, “scrapes, glides and plucks her way like a flame” (Performing Songwriter magazine). Having spent her summers since 2007 with the Lake Quartet at Yellowstone Park, Martha left her freelance career in NYC to be out in the mountains with the bears, mountain goats, wolves and spaciousness of the west. She currently works as a pianist and cellist at the historic Old Faithful Inn, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, and continues to perform with the quartet at Lake Village. She has performed in such ensembles as the band October Projec ... t (Bury My Lovely), singer-songwriters Anna Dagmar, Sloan Wainwright, Gregory Douglass, Latin trio Rosewood and Rhythm, in jazz bands The Llama Dollies and Lyric Fury, and was principle cellist of the Hudson Opera Theater and the Spirit of America Pops. She is featured on over 70 recordings by a variety of musicians and is recipient of the Joe Venuti Jazz Masters Award and several Meet the Composer grants. Martha has worked with world-renowned musicians such as Matt Glaser, Matt Darriau, Julie Lyonn Lieberman, Billy Hart, and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Martha Colby music is what you get from a kid who wanted to be a lead singer and a bass player and wound up playing the cello. She grew up listening to classical music, progressive rock, thrash, 60's folk rock, dixie and swing, and avante garde jazz. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and started off in Guilford, CT.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts 2007-COVID
2007-COVID - member of the Lake String Quartet at the historic Lake Hotel in Yellowstone National Park. With a vast and diverse repertoire, perform for 4 hours a night, 5 nights a week for 2 months every summer.
2011-COVID Resident soloist at the Old Faithful Inn (summer, when not with the string quartet) and Old Faithful Snow Lodge (winter). Perform for 4 hours per night, 5 nights a week on cello, piano and vocals. Constantly updating and adding to my repertoire varying from Debussy's Clair De Lune on piano, to AC/DC's Thunderstruck on cello, Scott Jop ... lin and Bach Suites.
Freelance Musician 1990-present
Cellist, Composer, Singer
Performer locally and internationally in numerous symphonies, opera orchestras, chamber groups, jazz, folk, pop, and rock bands.
Featured on over 60 recordings by various artists including my own: “Bear Jams and Cello Jams” and “Across Two Rivers”.
Performer in several films and video presentations, including the feature film “August Rush”, and soloist and recording engineer for the solo cello music used in the documentary film “2000 Miles to Maine”.
Private Instructor of Cello and Piano, all ages and levels.
Hudson River School of Music 2001-2010
Faculty Chamber Music Coach and Cello Teacher
Coached elementary through high school string groups to play music together, listen, and perform twice a year.
Martha Colby - Across Two Rivers
Martha Colby - Bear Jams and Cello Jams
Steve Raleigh and Martha Colby – Christmas Present
Pharaoh's Daughter – Daddy's Pockets
Out of the Reeds
Yoshihiro Arita – Whale Dance
The Syrens – Firewater
NY Ditty/ Dark Circles – Nome Sane?
String quartet – Dorgon IIII
Joe Gallant & Illuminati – Terrapin
“ - Music of the Grateful Dead and Beyond: Live vol 2
Annie Monogue – Home
Disintegrating Reels – Parts & Labor/ Tyondai Braxton – Rise Rise Rise
David LK Murphy – Home to You
Sharon Goldman – Shake the Stars
“ Every Trip Around the Sun
Gregory Douglass – Up & Away
Joe Giardullo Open Ensemble – Red Morocco
Kirsten Williams – Yesterday's Waves
Meg Braun- Tomboy Princess
Jason Kao Hwang/ Spontaneious River – Symphony of Souls
Allison's Invention – Sweet and Vicious
The Takeover UK – Running with the Wasters
Anna Dagmar Johnson – Let the Waves Come in Threes
Shelly Bhushan – Picking Daisies
Jennie Arnau – Mt Pleasant
Lipstik – Everything is Good
Jeremiah – Chasing Forever
Andy Guthrie – Mild and Waste
Robert Steven Williams – I am Not My Job
The Larch – Pouters, Rollers and Runts
John Carlin – Songs from the Black House
Mary Connolly – Blue Desire
The Novellas- Magnets in Intimate Places
Klezmer Festival 1998: Live at the Knitting Factory
Sloan Wainwright – from Where You Are
Vinyard Sound, Vol 2
David Broza – Second Street
Cipher – Project Blue
Neycha -White Noise
Dirty Side Up
Homer Erotic – Homerica The Beautiful (as writer and cellist)
Da Da Dah – Rise Up!
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