Birth of a River - original instrumental music featuring Paul Reisler of Trapezoid and Kid Pan Alley and Bobby Read of the Bruce Hornsby Band
Paul Reisler was the co-founder and artistic director of Trapezoid. For over 30 years, he toured throughout North America, Japan, Asia and Africa performing in over 3000 concerts, workshops and festivals. He’s recorded and produced 9 albums with Trapezoid as well as over 2 dozen others with various artists including John McCutcheon, Holly Near, Sally Rogers, and Si Kahn.
Paul is the founder and Artistic Director of the Kid Pan Alley songwriting project. To date, he has written over 600 songs with over 12,000 children. Some of those songs have been recorded on their award winning albums featuring many well known artists including Delbert McClinton, Amy Grant, Kix Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, Nashville Bluegrass Band, and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra.
He’s also got a new band, Paul Reisler & A Thousand Questions featuring Howard Levy. On their new album, At Night the Roses Tango, they are joined by Angela Kaset, Amy Speace, Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock (harmony vocals), Kenny Malone (drums) and Viktor Krauss (bass).
All of the more recent albums are available on www.CdBaby.com.
Bobby Read is a performer, composer and recording engineer. He toured with Trapezoid for 7 years and has been in the Bruce Hornsby Band for the last 4 years. While touring with the Hornsby Band he has accompanied some of pop music's most influential performers including; Bonnie Raitt, Wynton Marsalis, Los Lobos, Micky Hart, Pat Metheny and many others. He's written extensively for theatre, dance, and television.
“The world-class musicianship of Reisler and Read is evident throughout, but the performances never feel like flashy showmanship. Each instrumental unfolds with a balance of precision and passion. Performing Songwriter Magazine
“Reisler's compositions have a sparkle unto themselves moving the listener forward with the steady easy grace of a mighty river flowing from its headwaters.” Robert Nall, WHFR FM –
“Reisler’s new CD, Birth of a River, is a dazzling co-creation with Bobby Read, of Bruce Hornsby's band. The disc is a stunning display of virtuosity that never forgets the importance of melody.” Dave Nuttycombe, Washington City Paper
“Musically expressive and full of integrity, it’s instrumental music reflecting the moods and power of nature through a sensitive fusion of jazz, folk and classical styles. This comes as no surprise considering that Reisler has been at the forefront of acoustic fusion music since he founded the band Trapezoid in 1975. Reisler is an expressive and versatile composer.” The Coloradoan. Ft. Collins, CO