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The Noted - At This Moment

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Band Description
The Noted's 2013 release "At This Moment" is a mixture of silly fun songs, beautiful ballads, and a wide range of stylistic rock tunes with political and social commentary that will get better with every listen.

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Artist Biography
       John Dwyer • bass & vocals – born in Milwaukee, WI. John began playing music at age 12 and relocated to Portland in the early ‘90s. Some of John’s past Portland projects include Stark County, Paula Sinclair, Reina Collins, Amy Farris Band, Greg Paul, Tea for Julie, and TA-DA.

John’s bass influences include bands of the late ‘60s &’70s era; The Beatles, YES, The Who, The Bee Gees, Led Zeppelin, as well as; The Cure, Bob Marley, The Cars, Dave Alvin, 80s Techno/Pop, Jaco Pastorius, Thin Lizzy, The Smiths, Morrissey, and Adrian Belew. Two of his favorite bass players and on some days considered the only bass players are Chris Squire and Paul McCartney.
His other interests include running, restoring vintage Porches, and respecting all living things. One life on this planet, which we all have ad we should all respect.
       Mike Snyder • Drums & percussion – You may not know it, but you’ve heard Mile’s playing before. For the last twenty plus years he’s been a regular on the Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon recording scene, bringing his special talents to hundreds of records, film, and television soundtracks. He played on every Mel Brooks movie from Spaceballs to Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and on many popular, syndicated television shows, including Home Improvement, Dinosaurs, and The Little Mermaid. Mike is endorsed by Roland Drums, DW, Remo Heads, and Audix Microphones.
       Daniel Work • songwriter/piano/synths/guitar/lead vocals -  He began writing at 17 in Sandusky, Ohio, a song called “Lookin’ Back,” and is actively performing, writing and recording year round – as many as 200 gigs in a year. Currently, Daniel’s the West Coast Songwriter.org NW Chapter director, a member of NARAS (Grammy Foundation) and as “ASCAP plus” award recipient. He has a passion for songwriting, is an advocate of the music industry in Portland, OR and enjoys performing for live audiences.
Daniel is a nationally award-winning producer (video/audio/3D animation/ interactive) president of “SmileyNote Studios”, inc., founder of “ImIndie.net” and a sought after technical director/video editor. Music video credits include: “I’ve Got a Name (Obama)”, & the University of Arizona Wildcat’s “R.O.C.K at the U.of A.”.
Since morving to Portland (from Tucson, AZ) in 2006, he ahs shared the stage, recorded with or co-written with many great NW musical artists including John Nilsen, Marv Ross, Jake Oken- Berg, Doug Smith, Patrick Lamb, Aaron Meyer, Tim Ellis, his bandmates in The Noted and many others.
Discography –
2010- “Some Things Take Time” – twelve original songs recorded at Portland’s famed KUNG FU BAKERY with Mike Braun (Hall &Oates drummer), co=producer and guitarist Tim Ellis, bassist Albert Reida and other including rock violinist Aaron Meyer.
2012- a prequel CD entitled “ A WORK in Progress”, a collection of 8 home studios tracks recorded over 12 years with 22 friends in three states. The tracks include 6 previously unreleased originals, and a cover of James Taylor’s “Fire & Rain” on piano and Sir Paul McCartney’s “Little Willow”
Daniel’s other interest include playing catch with the family, his two St. Bernards (Aspen and Willow), kayaking, animation, hill hikes, Apple and racing on a Sony Playstation.
Angela Baldino Thomas • backing vocals & percussion – Born in Portland, Angela has always loved the performing arts, starting at a young age when she would dress up in a sparkly shirt and sing and dance to the tunes of the Jacksons and the Beatles. She attended the rigorous BFA Musical Theater program at the University of Arizona in Tucson, holds two Bachelor’s degrees from Portland State University ( Arts & Letters, Music Education) and has her teaching credentials (Music K-12) and Master’s in Education from PSU. Angela performs with theatre companies including Broadway Rose and Lakewood Theatre Company. She’s also the choir director at Southridge High School in Beaverton, sings in her church’s worship band and back-up vocals for The Bylines – an Art Pop band fronted by Reece Marshburn and Marianna Thielen.
Ben Haynor • acoustic/ electric guitars – Ben is a talented dedicated elementary music teacher and versatile acoustic and electric guitarist. He also plays dobro, sings and is a songwriter. After relocating to Portland form Milwaukee, WI, Ben honed his guitar skills as a freelancer, and among others, playing in the groups Swingin’ Amiss. The H Duo and Rich Man’s Burden. With these groups he ahs performed in the Portland Jazz Festival, had music licensed with ABC and NPR, and has played alongside some of the great performing acts in the NW. Ben cut his teeth performing with jazz combo’s and big bands while in school at University of Wisconsin – SP. He holds both Jazz Performance and Music Education Degrees and currently teaches music in the Lake Oswego School District.
Myriam Gendron • cello & vocals – Born in Quebec, Canada, then moved to Oregon in 1994. Myriam has been a cellist for over 20 years and plays piano, guitar, and sings. She holds a BA in Music and a Masters in Education from Portland State University where she was the principle cellists and orchestra president. In addition to performing professionally, Myriam teaches middle school orchestra, choir and is a private instructor. Myriam enjoys time with her family, camping and riding ATVs.
Emery Clay III • Solsbury Hill Productions – Our honorary band-mate, friend and visionary Director of Photography/ Video/ Film for “The Noted.” Emery is a freelance director of photography, producer, director, and editor who’s been working in film and video production for over 25 years. He’s been nominated 27 times and received 6 Emmys (SF Region) and numerous other awards for projects in the United States and abroad. Driven by the pursuit of social justice and the quality of light, he has made a career of choosing projects that challenge us to think, question, and feel.
Photo credits -  Emery is the “man” that captured all the cool Portland Max Train state photos you see of The Noted.

Press Release

Portland’s own The Noted
Releases CD Album
The core band includes Daniel Work: piano/keys/acoustic guitar/lead vocals, Jeff Koch: electric guitars, Mike Snyder: drums/percussion, and John Dwyer: bass/back-up vocals.
For this effort, they called in supporting musicians, Ben Haynor on acoustic/electric guitars, Marianna Thielen and Sue Ellen Hodnot on back-up vocals, and Myriam Gendron on cello.
"At This Moment" has 12 original songs and one hit cover ("a fun and musically literate” take — according to one reviewer — of the Hootie & the Blowfish hit, Only Wanna Be With You).
The CD is a just under 60-minute wonder of sounds ranging from progressive rock to indie rock and jazz with a hint of swing. Listeners will hear nods to Paul McCartney, Manhattan Transfer, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and Five for Fighting that are blended into a unique sound only this band of four could deliver.
While most of the songs flowed from the pen of the group’s leader, Daniel Work, other talents have helped fine-tune the sound of The Noted.
Take Time, an instrumental jazz track, features Grammy winner Doug Smith on finger-style guitar; Move On, was co-written with Marv Ross, a Top Ten songwriter from Quarterflash (the 1980s Portland rock band); and I Am, was co-written by pop-rocker Jake Oken-Berg of The Retrofits, another native Oregonian.
The backroom of the band is also well-credentialed with mix engineer Bob Stark, of Portland & L.A. (Esperanza Spalding, Doug Smith, Steve Martin), who has four Grammy credits, and mastering by Steve Savage of San Francisco (BB King, Robert Cray) with his seven Grammy credits.
The best news is that The Noted is not just a studio band. They love livening-up local venues regularly with their performances.
These experienced musicians are single-handedly on a mission to create a sound that adds up to comfortably unpredictable, elemental rock.
The Noted is a band of fine craftsmanship and musicality, and their new CD, "At This Moment," is a showcase of their skill. "The One" takes its place among the best of love songs, and its tender lyrics are nicely complemented by music that both understates and emphasizes its sentiment. How is that possible? You'll just have to listen to find out. "Take Time," a (literally) snappy and immediately engaging work, is a welcome revival of the age of very cool instrumentals. "Only Wanna Be With You" is both fun and musically literate, a nice and very rare combination. The band's sensitivities to broad issues and perspectives are revealed in songs such as "More Than Alright" and "At This Moment."

~ Lou Marzeles, Editor & Publisher, The Goldendale Sentinel (former
Music Editor, The Washington Times)

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