Cold Fairyland

03 Aug

I’ve been researching bands that use a cello and a bass guitar at the same time, since the band for the Steampunk Opera performance in Nov may in fact have some cello in it. I debated whether, if that’s the case, to do away with bass guitar and let the cello handle what would have been the bass guitarist’s duties.

I’m still contemplating but i am leaning away from it. I believe i prefer bass guitar handling the in the pocket groove making with the drummer, and the cello adding another range and type of musicality above that. In any case, to help with my thought process i’ve looked for some bands that utilize both bass guitar and cello which led me to this wonderful Chinese proggish band Cold Fairyland.

The name Cold Fairyland is taken from the Chinese translation of the internationally famous book by Haruki Murakami which in English is translated as “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World”. You’ve read it perhaps? If not, take my advice. Go read it. It’s awesome.


Posted by on August 3, 2012 in Uncategorized


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4 responses to “Cold Fairyland

  1. Patrick Plonski

    August 4, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Hi Paul,

    Are you familiar with Goat Rodeo Sessions?
    It’s exactly as you described: usually the bassist keeps the groove (interlocking primarily with mandolin I suppose) and the cello plays low melodic counterpoint across from the violin and the vocalist when there’s a vocalist.

    • Patrick Plonski

      August 4, 2012 at 5:11 am

      Also, Cold Fairyland seems awesome. Thanks for sharing with us!

    • paulms

      August 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      Just looked it up now. Yo Yo Ma is in it! It was fantastic, actually. I’ll probably feature it in a blog in the next week.

  2. Patrick Plonski

    August 4, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Also worth looking up almost everything mandolinist extraordinaire Chris Thile has ever done, if you haven’t yet.


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