Suzanne Mueller, cellist

 
Suzanne Mueller, cellist
Barbara Bach Sternberg

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This work holds a special place in my heart - I first performed it on a day when my Dad was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. I also played it for him in his last days in hospice and it allowed me to speak through music at his funeral. Thank you, Barbara Bach Sternberg, for creating and sharing it with me.

Suzanne Mueller, cellist
Lawrence Kramer

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This beautiful work is originally from Lawrence Kramer's song cycle, The Wanderer and His Shadow, based on writings of Nietzsche and was later incorporated into Kramer's sonata for solo cello as its first movement. I am deeply grateful to the composer for contacting me about performing his music.

Suzanne Mueller, cellist
Eugene Friesen

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This is a beautiful work derived from an improvisation session at New York City's Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. I have the privilege of playing it annually at the Pediatrics Memorial event for staff and family members at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. It's a perfect work for that - peaceful, yet spirited and full of life, with a middle section reminiscent of birdsong.

McCarron & Mueller - Mark McCarron, guitar, & Suzanne Mueller, cello
Thomas Walsh

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A haunting and lovely modern Celtic tune by Irish composer Thomas Walsh.

McCarron & Mueller - Mark McCarron, guitar, & Suzanne Mueller, cello
Mark McCarron

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A track from our 2000 self-titled CD. A tune that communicates the power and beauty of his native New Brunswick (Canada,not NJ) - you can feel the salt spray in your face!

McCarron & Mueller - Mark McCarron, guitar, & Suzanne Mueller, cello
Mark McCarron

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Another track from our 2000 self-titled album - A fun, bluesy romp!

CROSS ISLAND - Suzanne Mueller, cello, & Elinor Abrams Zayas, piano
Keri Degg (arranged especially for CROSS ISLAND by the composer)

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The title track of CROSS ISLAND's  2011 CD, Fuerza Tranquila (Quiet Strength) is a powerful and passionate milonga (the precursor to the tango). Originally written for alto saxophone and piano, this transcription was created for us by the composer.

"Suzanne's is my favourite recording of Quiet Strength; she plays with such emotion and really conveys what I was thinking when I wrote it. "    Keri Degg

[cover painting: Raisy Derzie]

Joseph Rutkowski, Jr., clarinet, & Suzanne Mueller, cello
Meira Warshauer

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This work began its life as a cello solo - the composer's visceral reaction to the sights and feelings of September 11, 2001. Since then, there have been a number of arrangements done - most by the composer.

This version, an adaptation of one originally for violin and cello, was prepared especially for CROSS ISLAND by he composer, and appears on our 2011 CD, Quiet Strength.

CROSS ISLAND - Suzanne Mueller, cello, Elinor Abrams Zayas, piano - with Joseph Rutkowski, Jr., clarinet
Paul Schoenfield

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Another Quiet Strength track: This is the second movement of a trio for the more standard combination of violin, cello, and piano. But the clarinet brings a new element of slinkiness that suits the movement perfectly. We're grateful to the composer for allowing us to record it with my transcription of the violin part for clarinet.

CROSS ISLAND - Suzanne Mueller, cello, & Elinor Abrmas Zayas, piano
Andreas van Haren

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Another Quiet Strength track arranged for us by the composer, who is a dear friend to CROSS ISLAND, although we've never met. The Lost Child alternates two themes - the one at opening and closing surreal - something that would feel right at home in a Fellini or Cocteau picture; the other offering a respite, repose, in the middle.

Rebecca Hall
Rebecca Hall & Ken Anderson

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This is my favorite song in Ken and Rebecca's (now Hungrytown's) repertoire. It's beautiful, but also a bit eerie, if you really listen to the lyric (I call it their Twilight Zone song). Th cello part is lush and lovely - Thanks, Ken! The folks at Portlandia like it, too - they used the instrumental opening in one of their sketches -a romantic bedroom scene.

You can find it, and other great songs, on the album Sunday Afternoon. 

Robin Eve
Robin Eve (cello part by Suzanne Mueller)

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I was very pleased with the cello line I created for this lovely song by Robin Eve ( who provides the vocal and guitar on the track, with her daughter Sarah on flute). This is from her 2010 album, Remembrance.

Dave Rave, Vocal, Mark McCarron, Guitar, & Suzanne Mueller, cello
Dave Rave & Mark McCarron

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Shine is a track off a wonderful album called In the Blue of My Dreams - a collection of jazz-inflected pop songs by Canadian artists Dave Rave and Mark McCarron. The ensemble on the album is intriguing - jazz trio, woodwind quartet, and cello. I highly recommend it!

I wrote my own pat for this one, and really love the song - Hope you will, too!

Terry Winchell, vocal & guitar, & Suzanne Mueller, cello
Terry Winchell

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This is an evocative, haunting song off Terry's 2007 album, Vice Versa. I created the cello part, and we recorded it sitting together in one take.

Terry Winchell, vocals & Guitar, Mark cCarron, guitar, Suzanne Mueller, cellist
Terry Winchell

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A bluegrass number about he evils of pesticides - with a nod to Rachel Carson. Another track off of Terry Winchell's 2007 album Vice Versa.