Martha Reich | Evidence of life

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Evidence of life

by Martha Reich

Martha's angelic voice, along with her lyrical poetry, will touch you deeply and take you on a hypnotic and soothing journey.
Genre: Folk: Gentle
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1. Flesh and Blood
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2. Stained Glass
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3. I Know a Place
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4. Magic Hands
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5. God's Eye
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6. Bruce
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7. Never Wrong
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8. Peter Pan
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9. Lucky Stars
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10. Song for Tessa
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11. Nemo
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12. Always
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Time has given Martha's voice a maturity, while retaining it's honest and heartfelt quality. Life experience has transformed her lyrics into poetry. With her unique melodies and guitar execution, she possesses the ability to touch you in a deep and soulful way, while taking you on a hypnotic and soothing journey.
“Singing and Playing the guitar is really just therapy for me, and what I consider to be a healthy addiction. It’s been the chance for me to discover what my heart feels, and to express those feelings. I find the more honest and open I can be, the more I connect to others. After all we humans really are similar in so many ways. Performing gives me and the audience that confirmation, that we are really not so alone in our hardships as well as in our joy, and all those other complex emotions we experience”
Martha Reich’s musical roots began with “Air Guitar” at the kitchen table, a year of Classical Guitar lessons at the age of twelve, and self taught there after. She grew up singing made up songs on drives in back of her parents Volkswagen Bug. Her first appreciation for music was while listening to her fathers albums of Frank Sinatra, Billy Holiday, and Peter Gun. Later on, Elton John, Jim Croce, Cats Stevens and The Beatles became her heroes. Today her guitar playing possesses complex rhythms, interesting chord progressions, and open tunings, intertwined by an angelic voice.
Her first performance was in the summer of ‘94 at "The Rockport Acoustic Festival,” Rockport, MA., accompanied by Rod Oliver, who later went on to produced her first CD “The Color of Blue,” on the Okay Music Label. It is comprised of 10 songs that are windows into life experiences. She does so with a voice and feeling that is often compared to Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez. While living in New England, she performed at various Coffee Houses in the Boston area, to include “Club Passim”.
Since Martha has been calling Santa Fe, N.M. her home, she has performed at some of the most respected venues in New Mexico, and also tours through out the country, solo and with Cellist Michael Kott. She was chosen to play at the “Outpost Performance Space” for “All Star Open Mic Night”, in 2000, and was selected as a finalist at the 2006 New Mexico State Fair Talent Showcase. Her most recent CD "Evidence of Life", was nominated for best Album by The New Mexico Music Awards. Also from that CD, "Peter Pan Says", was nominated for Best song in the Americana category. Martha was also chosen to perform at the "The Sedona Jam for Emerging Artists Festival", in 2007, and has opened for Kate Macleod in New Mexico.
"Evidence of Life" has the added benefit of Josh Martin on Bass and Mandolin, Michael Kott on Cello, Alicia Ultan on Viola, and Grammy Award winner, Larry Mitchell on additional guitar.

It has been said “she has the voice of an angel”, ... David Byrnes, owner of the CD Cafe, Santa Fe, N.M.

Her writing is poignant and heartfelt. “She had everyone mesmerized”, says David Lescht, Director of “Outside In”.

"Your performance is "polished" however, the 'rawness of life' still lingers behind your words and string adaptations ... cool". Painter...Te'Zins


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Sheila

Evidence of Life
Martha has an awesome voice. Her lyrics are heartfelt and stir the heart of her listeners. Her albums are at the top of my IPOD playlist.

Gregg Braden, New York Times best- selling author

music for healing
Whether you listen in a room filled with people, or alone in the privacy of your home, each song feels as though she's written it just for you--to tell you something important about life. And that's where the healing begins. Her skillful use of unexpected melodies and intimate lyrics from her life, are the heart-codes that remind us of similar moments in ours.

J.W. McClure, Victory Music

Martha Reich: Evidence of Life
Martha Reich has a great voice and the lyrics to her songs are personal and intimate. At the end of the CD I was pretty sure I understood her relationship to people, her losses and her cats because she is flat out open and honest. ‘Flesh and Blood’ says “cause I feel the bumps and the divisions, I try to steer clear but I never miss them.” Her vocal style is
reminiscent of early Joni Mitchell (going from low to high notes) but I think Martha has made much of the delivery her own. Some lyrics are whispered, which caught my attention and she also will pause between the main part of line so that the significant ending has a note and moment all it’s own. The guitar work is interesting. She makes very tasteful use of her accompanying musicians. “Where do I send this love now that you have gone…” and other sentiments such as ‘Song For Tessa’ –“I won’t give up on miracles” certainly recall those all-too-real, painful but meaningful moments and gaps in our lives. This is a nice CD and just a bit mesmerizing.

Barbara Salvatore

Martha's is foreground music. Not background, not side dish; main course.
Martha’s is foreground music. Not background, not side dish; main course.
You have to listen… (it’s not hard)… Pay attention. Each song a story. Each story poetry.
Driving alone in the car. Folding the clothes. Watching the Crackling winter fire,
or the steam rise from your hot cup; you have to listen to Martha, and she will sink in, and wrap her warm voice, strings and wings around you.

Larry Bach

A beautiful album
I laughed when I saw Barbara Salvatore's review title (above), because I was introduced to Martha's music in a venue that made "main course" listening pretty tough. First time in a new market, playing a restaurant/bar with a clientele that came for drinks and food. For all of that, Martha cut through the noise, pushed aside the sound of the cocktail shakers (really...the barkeep was mixing more or less into the mic!), and sang her stories with heart and soul, and with a voice that is true and pure.

These are great songs, and I'm glad to have been introduced to a superb artist.

Peter William Fremlin

Very inspiring
your lyrics are so powerfully moving and full of life's reflections through what is simply a pure heart in all it's complexities experiencing the 'Evidence' of life and love.
☮ and <3 .pd.

pdgitar

Evidence Of Life
Martha's lyrics are so powerfully moving and full of life's reflections through what is simply a pure heart in all it's complexities experiencing the 'Evidence' of life and love.