Goodbye Note features cover songs in rock and jazz as well as originals. Catherine Asaro sings lead vocals, and writes some of their material. Donald Wolcott sings male vocals and backup, and he also plays all the instruments on the EP, including keyboard, bass, guitar, drums, and percussion.
Dangling from the doorknob in Catherine Asaro's office is a bag stuffed with the tights and leotards she wears when she pulls herself away from her writing for ballet class. A former professional dancer, this California native has little time for the ballet barre these days. Instead, she’s fielding speaking offers and meeting deadlines for her novels.
Catherine is a well-known author of science fiction and fantasy. She has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Nebula® for her novel The Quantum Rose and her novella “The Space-time Pool.” Her latest book, Diamond Star (Baen 2009), is about a rock star in the future. In April 2009, Starflight Music released the music soundtrack, a CD also titled Diamond Star, that offers readers a soundtrack for the book, performed by Point Valid, a vibrant young rock band from Baltimore, with Catherine as guest vocalist. After Point Valid dispersed for the school year, off to college in different parts of the globe, Donald Wolcott joined the Diamond Star Project. An accomplished pianist in jazz, rock, and classical music, he performs in a jazz-oriented duo with Catherine accompanying her vocals.
Goodbye Note is the first EP Asaro & Wolcott have cut together as a team. The title comes from Wolcott's original song, My Favorite Memory. The EP also features a new version of No Answers With In Paradisum, the critically acclaimed song from the Diamond Star CD. Rounding out the EP are covers of artists Norah Jones, Carly Simon, and Sade, and also Wolcott's instrumental arrangement of Norwegian Wood.
At age five, Donald Wolcott received a special Christmas present—a used piano. That gift began a life-long passion. He started lessons in classical piano, but the young prodigy soon expanded his horizons beyond Beethoven and Mozart. When he joined his middle school’s jazz band, he was exposed to the genre that dramatically reshaped his music.
In 2005, Donald received acclaim from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia as a top soloist in their annual jazz festival. In 2006, he was accepted as a bassist into Montgomery County’s Honors Jazz Ensemble. In 2007, he earned an honorable mention for performance in the National Distinguished Scholar Competition, and in 2008, he was one of only four musicians to receive the coveted “Maestro Award” for individual performance at the Washington D.C. Heritage Music Festival.
After his high school graduation in 2008, Donald accepted a scholarship to Towson University, where he majors in Jazz Performance and is the pianist for the Towson University Big Band, a premiere jazz ensemble in Maryland. In his fourteen years as a musician, Donald has become an in-demand pianist in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. He also teaches
private piano, bass, guitar, and drum lessons.
As Catherine’s accompanist, Donald showcases the Diamond Star Project with his exciting arrangements and delightfully jazzy style.