Violinist, cellist, composer, and performer for the recording, film, and television industries talks about collaborating on new world-electronica album, ‚ÄúRonin‚ÄĚ
Online PR News – 13-August-2013 – Los Angeles, CA – As composer, arranger, and performer for the recording, film, and television industries, violinist and cellist Christine Wu collaborates with award-winning musical artists and producers, including David Foster, Paul Anka, and Lorne Balfe.
The result of one of her many collaborative efforts can be heard on Tao of Sound‚Äôs upcoming album, ‚ÄúRONIN.‚ÄĚ The sophomore album from experimental multi-instrumentalists Taku Hirano and Daniel Pearson, RONIN combines pop sounds and epic world-electronica orchestrations, and features guest artists and vocalists from around the world. Wu collaborated on four of the album‚Äôs songs, and is featured on the title track.
Squires Public Relations caught up with Ms. Wu to learn more about her work on Ronin, her friendship with Taku, and to get her take on the necessary ingredients for a successful collaboration between two extremely busy working musicians.
Q: How did you and Taku come to know each other?
Christine Wu: I first met Taku when we did some recording at On the Path Studios with our mutual friend Dino Soldo who is Lionel Richie's sax player.
We later toured together with A.R. Rahman and became better and better friends, since we all had to live and work together 24/7.
Q: What is the significance of ‚Äúronin‚ÄĚ and does it have any special meaning in the context of your collaboration with Taku?
Christine Wu: ‚ÄúTaku had previously described to me what the term 'ronin' means. We'd adapted the concept of a samurai who has no master, and applied it to ourselves. As freelance creators and performers, we serve many masters but ultimately don't have one boss or company whom we exclusively serve even at any given time. So, we thought of ourselves as journeyman-musicians, hired guns who are always going from one situation to the other, masters of our own destiny even while we work for other musicians. Since Taku and I met for the first time in a studio, while improvising to create music, it seemed a foregone conclusion that we would continue to record together. The Tao of Sound album on which Ronin appears is full of talented musicians' performances whom Taku had invited to participate and I was honored to be included.‚ÄĚ
Q: While working on the album, what was the dynamic like between you and Taku? Would you create the arrangements together, or how did that work exactly?
Christine Wu: Taku did come to my studio, but we would talk about it conceptually and then I would write my parts on my own, and then let him hear them. We'd continue to make changes and add to the arrangements in that way. Multi-studio creation is very much a part of our workflow. It's wonderful to have the luxury of time and mutually available calendar days, to play together. In this case, Taku's performances were happening on many more instruments than even he can play at once (he's known for being able to play many at once) and mine were also multi-instrumental and multi-layered.
Q: What are the most important elements needed for a successful collaboration between two musicians?
Christine Wu: Having a sense of trust and purpose is a key ingredient in collaborative creativity. Especially given the fact that we were rarely mutually available, it can be a strange experience to spend time and energy on creating and performing, when there is relatively little real time feedback or interaction happening. It can be awkward, result in miscommunication ‚ÄėNo...that's not at ALL the kind of cello part I wanted!‚Äô or as often happens, the project just doesn't get done because it's not in your face, and there are no studio bookings or appointments. Left to the whims of a busy musician with multiple jobs per day, projects can simply stall in the queue sometimes as well.
In this case, there was such a good understanding between us, because we were all in the circumstance of being busy and in constant location transit, that it was a perfectly sensible, organic process for us. There were times we'd each be waiting quite a while for one of us to continue and take another musical step, but we always trusted that it was going to happen as soon as it was logistically possible for whichever globe-trotting, gig juggling one of us was holding up the train. And that feeling of trust and understanding really enables creativity and fun!
RONIN is available on Available Sept 11, 2013 on iTunes, Amazon.com, and www.DomoMusicGroup.com. Pre-order on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ronin/id646120807
For more background on Christine Wu, visit www.wutunes.com
About Christine Wu - Christine Wu is a concert violinist, cellist, composer, string arranger, and studio musician for records, film, television and live performance.
She is seen regularly on network shows such as The Voice, American Idol, America‚Äôs Got and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She‚Äôs appeared and recorded with legendary artists including: Beyonc√©, Justin Timberlake, Bono, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand, Peter Gabriel, Placido Domingo, and Jennifer Lopez, to name a few.
Christine can be heard on numerous recordings, television and motion picture soundtracks, including Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Lifetime Television‚Äôs Project Five, When You Find Me, and Sex in the City 2.
Christine‚Äôs upcoming credits include collaborating with Lorne Balfe on the soundtrack for upcoming films Salinger and Blackwell. She also recently recorded a Butch Walker track with producer Keith Urban.
For more information visit www.WuTunes.com