Roy Harter and Sherwin Sleeves have never actually met.
The duo chose to collaborate remotely via their own separately located recording studios. Harter working amid the bustle of his busy studio in the heart of Manhattan's Times Square, while Sleeves worked in solitude from his cabin-in-the-woods up in idyllic Lemon, New Hampshire. Sleeves and Harter sent lyrical and musical ideas back and forth until their musical visions were both fully realized.
This stark contrast in scenes paved the way for this unique collaboration between these two sonic alchemists.
The soothing depth of Sherwin's "Tom Waits meets Leonard Cohen's" storytelling voice, juxtaposed with Roy Harter's mastery in lush cinematic backdrops creates a compelling listen.
About the artists:
At the age of 4, Sherwin Sleeves found a piano abandoned in the woods behind his family’s house. For the first 30 years of his life, he played on such instruments, removed a step or two from clear ownership. Some abandoned in the woods, some in schools, clubs, hotels. Wherever he could find them.
Now 79 and dubbed the “Orson Welles of the Steampunk movement” Sherwin lives with a spoon, a chair, a bowl, a pot, and a hand towel in a crooked cabin on top of Marked Mountain in Lemon, New Hampshire.
As he remembers, his primary reason for moving in, was that the cabin had a spoon, a chair, a bowl, a pot, a hand towel…and a dusty, but still quite winning, upright piano.
These days Sherwin writes stories chronicling his small adventures in Lemon with accompanying songs that complement his stories. Together, music and narrative combine to form his award-winning podcast “Atoms, Motion & the Void”, which has been heard nationally on Public and Satellite Radio. Sherwin has also turned his stories into highly successful one-man musical plays.
The equally enigmatic Roy Harter is a New York Emmy award-winning, composer, sound designer and audio mixer, best known for his work in television and film.
Harter is the owner of the post-production facility SkinnyMan, located in Times-Square, New York. His days are spent composing music and sound designing for the masses, while his nights are spent working on more artistically fulfilling projects.
He can be heard weekly on the outrageous "Davey Mac" radio show on SiriousXM, where he performs as his alter ego, musical director 'Roy Shaffer".
Multi-instrumentalist Roy spends his summers performing on festival stages throughout Europe with various musical acts.