Oli Rockberger With New Solo Album
Whether you first discover Oli Rockberger through his work as a singer-songwriter, producer, arranger, keys sideman, or as one third of acclaimed band/production team Mister Barrington, you’ll find a distinctive musical voice running through the rich and varied work he does.
Londoner Rockberger, who currently lives in NY, first came to the US on a Full Scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music ('99-'04). Since then, he has shared stages and studios with musical icons Levon Helm and Jackie DeShannon, Grammy winners Randy Brecker, Jesse Harris and John Mayer, jazz luminaries Les McCann and Charlie Hunter, and hip-hop royalty Common and Queen Latifa. His current work includes performing and recording with Randy Brecker whose upcoming album features two songs co- written and sung by Rockberger, as well as performing/recording with bass legend Will Lee, with whom he appeared at “The Cotton Club” in Toyko (Nov '12) in a band which also included drum phenomenon Steve Gadd. Lee's forthcoming album will also feature Rockberger as writer/arranger/player. Rockberger continues to perform and record alongside drummer/producer Zach Danziger and bassist/producer Owen Biddle as part of acclaimed electronic trio Mister Barrington, and is also a main staple of gifted songman and fellow NY based Brit James Maddock's shows & albums.
Old Habits, Rockberger’s second solo album, follows on from his acclaimed 2005 debut Hush Now and was co- produced by Rockberger and the prodigious producer/engineer Chris Abell, whose numerous credits include YoYo Ma, Chris Thile and the Wood Brothers. The album captures Rockberger’s distinct playing, writing and signature vocal style within several complimentary and compelling settings: from the band performances of “Old Habits”, “Live a Lie” and “Queen of Evasion” (featuring John Shannon - guitar, Jordan Perlson - drums, and Jordan Scannella - bass), to the dark & atmospheric Never Grow Old" replete with multi-tracked percussion (Rich Stein), ambient trumpets (Dan Brantigan) and children's choir, to the stark and haunting Don't Forget Me" which feature Rockberger’s chorused vocals over layered guitars and swelling acoustic bass textures (Garth Stevenson), through the emotive and intimate Over the Bridge" with Rockberger on Fender Rhodes backed by James Maddock on vocals, and finishing with the lyrical Two Feet", accompanied by strings (Christian Howes), and harmonica (Greoire Maret). The album is woven together with reflective instrumental and solo piano vignettes and succeeds in capturing a sound that is distinctly Rockberger’s own.
Rockberger will be launching Old Habits on Wednesday 13th March 2013 at NYC's Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2), and will be joined by Jordan Scannella on bass, Jordan Perlson on drums, Doug Wamble on guitar, as well as a few special guests.