You have never heard this music before. No one has. Devoting his time to enhancing the music of others as a successful and widely sought-after studio musician with more than 60 records on his discography, Darren Garvey's all-original works have remained hidden, untouched, and unheard. Songs upon songs have been scratched to paper and brain for years with no outlet.
Garvey released his debut solo record Under A Common Ceiling on March 30, 2010 on Quell Records. In addition to handling all lead vocal duties for the first time on record, Garvey plays a long list of instruments, ranging from piano to pump organ to micro korg, accordion, mbira, banjo, guitars, bass, and an array of percussion instruments.
The eclectic variety of the material on Under A Common Ceiling is born from Darren's diverse multi-faceted performance career. While exploiting this full palette of sounds, the recording focuses on melody and lyrics. Songs that offer advice for the struggle with technology and loneliness.
Darren Garvey began playing piano and guitar as a child before migrating to the drum chair in high school and seeking out lessons with Glenn Kotche and Michael Zerang. His interests in percussion eventually earned him a music degree from the University of Illinois in percussion and jazz studies. In the meantime Garvey began touring with Ralph's Kind (VH1's Best Unsigned Band 1999), the Andreas Kapsalis Trio, and Cameron McGill & What Army while remaining active as a studio session musician. Darren has recorded and performed with Algernon, L'Altra, Paper Arrows, Ernie Hendrickson, Buddy Nuisance, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, and Like Pioneers (a new project with members of Bound Stems and The Narrator).