After its formation in Santa Rosa’s West End Neighborhood just last year, Oddjob Ensemble seems to have been everywhere in 2016. Directed by local musician Kalei Yamanoha, they recently finished recording their first album.
This six piece consortium, inspired by traditional sounds from around the world, doesn’t just have its finger on the pulse of Santa Rosa, they’re bringing in whole new life.
In their first year, Oddjob made impressive appearances, at The Great American Music Hall, Maker Faire and Lightning in a Bottle. But also close to home, at Railroad Square Music Festival, Rivertown Revival, Lagunitas Skunk Train, and Hopmonk Tavern to name a few. The Oddjob Trio also accompanies Tobias Weinberger and The Traveling Spectacular, writing and performing original scores for a throwback, one of a kind, traveling circus show. To say they’ve been busy, is a total understatement.
Oddjob Ensemble’s self titled album was recorded at Gremlintone Studios near Historic Railroad Square in Santa Rosa. Gremlintone houses a vintage, custom built, analog recording studio owned and operated by John Courage. The entire album was recorded onto quarter inch tape, using a reel to reel 8 track recorder, before being sent to Myles Boisen in Oakland for mastering. Courage’s analog approach captures much of the old time sound that many say is lost in today’s digital recordings. His long time love for music, and deep ties in the scene make Gremlintone a special place, and many local musicians looking for that unique sound are finding that Courage has it dialed in.
On February 11, McNear’s Mystic Theatre in Petaluma will host the Double Album Release Party, with The Dixie Giants, The Highway Poets and Oddjob Ensemble. The Dixie Giants will be headlining and also releasing their newest, and all original album, “Dressed and Ready to Go”.
To hear the sweet music, and support local art, visit www.oddjobensemble.com, or for more info on the album release show please visit www.mystictheatre.com.