Remix for Henk

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Never judge the suburbs at face value.  In a mad science tool shed somewhere in Bramalea, Ontario lives a man named Henk who builds mechanical organs – because he can.  When you see an accordion move without human intervention, it almost makes you believe in a higher power. 

Once a year, Henk and I will travel somewhere in the USA to an organ rally, where about 20 to 30 mechanical organs all play at the same time.  They call it the happiest music in the world.  When they’re all blaring together, and the ghost of Charles Ives is near, indeed, it is.  Vive la dissonance!

Remix for Henk is a butchered beer barrel polka with which I took the liberty of having some fun.  When it gets ugly, I think of Henk and our numerous trips to American organ rallies.  I dedicate this piece to Henk, who remains a constant source of inspiration.

Given its World Premiere by Continuum February 12, 2012


Richard Marsella CA

Rich Marsella is a composer from Brampton, Canada. He composed background music for three seasons of MTV's The Tom Green Show and, since 1994, has recorded exclusively for his own eclectic record label, The Pumpkin Pie Corporation. Richard completed a Masters degree in music at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Lee Bartel and composer R. Murray Schafer. His main areas of study include musical instrument construction and parade pedagogy.

As Friendly Rich, Richard has produced and composed 9 full-length CDs and has been featured on CBC Radio One (5 documentaries for Outfront), CBC Radio Two (continuous airplay on Brave New Waves), TFO (VOLT) and MuchMusic (Muchnews, BradTV).

Richard is also the founder and director of the Brampton Indie Arts Festival, an annual event which promotes underground artists, held in February at the Rose Theatre in downtown Brampton. Since 2000, this event has attracted such notable artists as Nash the Slash, The Nihilist Spasm Band, Ron Sexsmith, Cuff the Duke, Bob Wiseman, John Oswald, Moneen, Scott Thompson, Hayden, and many more.

Friendly Rich and The Lollipop People recently signed a deal with Hazelwood Records (Germany) to release two albums in Europe. The group has successfully toured Europe three times, most recently in October 2010.

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Richard Marsella