Don Harvey, A is Red
A is Red's upcoming album No Place to Fall, Live at The Townsend drops January 31, 2020.
On Light Shines Through composer-drummer Don Harvey merges diverse musical styles resulting in stunning genre-defying new music. Stefano Intelisano, Ruthie Foster, Ephraim Owens, David Grissom, David Broza, Glenn Fukunaga and Kevin McKinney shine brightly on this swirling mix of rock, world, jazz, ambient, soul & classical elements.
" ... chants and carols, dips and whirls, wild rides and dreamy musings; as well as beguiling apparitions ... Admirers might delight in the faint echoes of Brian Eno, George Gershwin, film noir soundtracks or Middle Eastern filigrees."
—Michael Barnes, Austin American Statesman
" ... a lush journey that stands with the best of ECM Records. Not quite jazz or rock, not really New Age, Light Shines Through occupies its own space."
—Michael Toland, Austin Chronicle
"Light Shines Through has a romantic quality with the feel of a dreamy landscape that takes me into a world of colors and sound."
"I compose music that conveys mood & emotion free from the confines of a specific genre or conventional arrangement. Growing up in New York from the age of 5 until 12, I listened to symphonic music constantly. Stravinsky's Firebird Suite was my first record and I experienced music as an amazing visual trip. I wanted to be a composer. By the time I turned 13 and heard the Stones, all I wanted to be was Charlie Watts. I became a drummer touring & recording from Tel Aviv to Tokyo. Until relatively recently I worked as a sideman & studio owner and dedicated time to founding a non-profit for musicians called the SIMS Foundation. In my early 50's I made the choice to re-connect with the child within me and began composing music in earnest. It is influenced by all the music I've loved throughout my life, and, for me, it remains a visual trip." —Don Harvey
A is Red is an instrumental ensemble lead by drummer-composer Don Harvey (Ian McLagan, Billy Bragg, Joe Ely, Ronnie Lane, Storyville, Charlie Sexton). The ensemble plays original cinematic music and interpretations of songs by Ronnie Lane, Townes Van Zandt and Alejandro Escovedo. The all-star collective features “Eastern Soul" singer Nagavalli Medicharla, percussionist John Bush (Edie Brickell & New Bohemians), guitarist Chris Downey (Seahorse, Woodwork), Trumpeter Kevin Flatt (Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Spoon, Tameca Jones), bassist Scott Garber (Alejandro Escovedo, Storyville, Giant Sand, Ronnie Lane) and keyboardist Jan Flemming (Doppel, Grupo Massa, Ian Moore). A is Red's upcoming album No Place to Fall, Live at The Townsend drops January 31,2020.
Don Harvey is a drummer, composer and producer with two critically-acclaimed solo albums under his belt. His ensemble, A is Red, won the Austin Music Awards "Best Avant Garde" band of 2015 and Don won the AMA’s "Best Drummer" honor in 2007. Don’s played with Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Ronnie Lane & Ian McLagan, Joe Ely, Charlie Sexton, Storyville, Billy Bragg, Alejandro Escovedo, Martha Davis and many others. He’s performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, Austin City Limits, and opened for The Rolling Stones. Don’s grateful to have co-founded Austin's SIMS Foundation. SIMS provides access to mental health & addiction recovery services that have helped thousands of musicians and their families thrive since 1995. He is currently executive producing Listen Here, a documentary film about musicians and mental health in Austin, TX.
Feature Story, Austin American Statesman:
Reviews for A Dance in Red (2009):
Top-10 Albums of 2009: DJ Picks, KUT: A Dance in Red "A first class collection of moody, almost 'ambient' instrumental landscapes. Rock with jazz overtones or vice-versa? Either way, the sleeper of the year." —David Brown, KUT/NPR Austin
"Crescendos wonderfully." —Austin Monthly
"One listen to the opener "Dance in Red" and it's apparent that one should brace themselves for an engaging blend of Middle Eastern, blues, rock, ambient, jazz and classical influences ... In the Middle East, the color red symbolizes sacrifice, courage, love and passion. Harvey and his star-studded affair capture that mood. Whereas Harvey was more of a timekeeper in the Bump Band, here he is able to display the full extent of his talents in a thoroughly engrossing musical setting." —Jeff Boyce, Jupiter Index
Top-10, 2011 Austin Music Awards: Don Harvey & A is Red: Best Instrumental Band, Best Drummer, Best Jazz Band