At Music is Art Fest, September 8, 2018
Who are The Dreaming?
Ann Janish-Schieder: vocals, piano, synth
Ray Lorigo: lead guitars, classical
Daniel Haskin: acoustic and electric guitar, ebow, synth
Pat O’Connell: percussion, drums
2003-2007: Leah Pinnavaia: vocals, clarinet, keyboards
Who we are . . .
Based out of Buffalo, New York, and featuring Ann Janish-Schieder, Ray Lorigo, Daniel Haskin, and Pat O’Connell, The Dreaming blend a myriad of styles, from alternative rock, to folk, to ethereal, weaving their own blend of musical soundscape.
Having produced two previous CDs, their third outing, Shadow Days, is a richly textured disk of powerful electronics and sensual acoustics. In this latest installment in their career The Dreaming bring a new spin to their own brand of delicate alternative music. According to radio personality Sarah Sullivan of WHOB and WBOS in Boston, Mass., ”The guitars, at the beginning of ‘Perfect Skin’, make you wish they would go on and on. I was happy to discover, however, the vocals are just as hypnotic. Phew . . . . The band follows this with a kick in the ass of ‘Piglet and the Black Fox’ which takes you on a journey, sometimes frightening, keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout the track.”
The Dreaming is a band that writes songs that run the gambit of emotion. Each song is a story. The strength behind the band is it’s penchant for creating great catchy songs with dynamic range and literate, lyrical, beauty.
As live performers The Dreaming have played in a wide array of settings. From this year’s Music is Art Festival, to three times opening for British folk-rock legends, The Strawbs, and then on to a late night national television appearance on WKBW’s syndicated TV show ‘Off Beat Cinema’, the Dreaming have performed in venues large, and small, and everything in between.
The Dreaming are now reaching out to their fan-base through their website. Visitors can sample tracks, catch up-to-date news, concert information, communicate with the band, download special recordings, and order CDs.
We are currently in production of our fourth CD, self titled – “The Dreaming”. “The Dreaming” will be released sometime in 2019.
The Dreaming’s CD catalogue is currently internationally distributed through Witchwood Records in the UK.
A little about the personalities behind The Dreaming:
Vocalist, and pianist, Ann Janish-Schieder, a veteran of Buffalo’s folk / jazz scene, possesses a voice that is at once both sensual and timelessly beautiful. Her musical past is quite varied as she has previously recorded with the Jazzabells and has a storied past within the local theatre scene.
Ann was nominated two years in a row, 2003 and 2004, in the Top Original Female Singer category in this year’s Buffalo Music Awards.
Guitarist Daniel Haskin has been with the band from inception and performs on 6 and 12 string guitars. He is one of the main writers in the band. Haskin is also a published author and visual artist.
Lead guitarist and classical player, Ray Lorigo is also one of the Dreaming’s songwriters. Ray is one of the founding members of the band and has been in previous bands such as, Cloudwall, and The Black Squirrels.
Drummer, and percussionist, Pat O’Connell is a staple of the Buffalo music scene. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Pat has self-produced many solo projects and has himself been nominated, and won, previous Buffalo Music Awards.
About the projects:
Having produced two previous CDs, their third outing, Shadow Days, is a richly textured disk of powerful electronics and sensual acoustics. In this latest installment in their career The Dreaming bring a new spin to their own brand of delicate alternative music. According to radio personality Sarah Sullivan of WHOB andWBOS in Boston, Mass.,”The guitars, at the beginning of ‘Perfect Skin’, make you wish they would go on and on. I was happy to discover, however, the vocals are just as hypnotic. Phew . . . . The band follows this with a kick in the ass of ‘Piglet and the Black Fox’ which takes you on a journey, sometimes frightening, keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout the track.”
The Dreaming is a band that writes songs that run the gambit of emotion. Each song is a story. The strength behind the band is it’s penchant for creating great catchy songs with dynamic range and literate, lyrical, beauty. Launched on their new label, DreamSuite Records, ‘Shadow Days’ is yet another stone on their independant path.
As live performers The Dreaming have played in a wide array of settings. From this year’s Music is Art Festival, to twice opening for British folk-rock legends, The Strawbs, and then on to a late night national television appearance on WKBW’s syndicated TV show ‘Off Beat Cinema’, the Dreaming have performed in venues large, and small, and everything in between.
The band’s first full-length album is comprised of fourteen relatively short tracks that span a range of styles. Ann Janish-Schnieder continues to front the band on vocals and contributes keyboard and piano. The line-up is completed by Ray Lorgo (guitars, classical, acoustic, electric), Daniel Haskin (guitars, acoustic, electric ebow, keyboards) and Pat O’Connell (drums, percussion). Guests include Chris Nagy (drums) and Cathy Carfagna-Meinzer and Mari Anderson (backing vocals)
The album is a clear development from the band’s first EP release. Instrumental and vocal arrangements are substantially more lush. The band have certainly developed into the art- or progressive-rock direction from the folky and bluesy roots of their debut through the loss of the violin and viola parts. The album opens with the title track which is an upbeat but light progressive-style rock classic. Vocal layers make an instant positive impression.
Featured on Picturebook Rain:
Mari Anderson Backing Vocals
Cathy Carfagna-Meinzer Backing Vocals
was recorded at Select Sound Studios through the summer of 2000. “It was a mixture of what Ray and Ann had from their former band Cloudwall and what I had from my past with some newer songs.” says Daniel Haskin. “I lived with some of the older material for a while but it’s the newer works like ‘I Think I’ll Disappear’, and ‘For Real’ that were particularly exciting for me since those really took shape in the studio. Ray and Ann’s rhythmically jazzy ‘Need’ was also a pleasure to work on with Kilissa stepping right in with conga.”
“Ann and Ray really work well together as a song writing team since her words play off of Ray’s great chordal progressions so well. Ann is a wonderful writer, and her work is intensely personal”, Haskin says, “She really pulls these words from her heart. Plus with the addition of Cindy McCaffrey’s viola and zeta treatments it took the music to a whole different sonic level.”
Their new CD Silent churns it’s own brand of acoustic and electronic ambience, spinning a sound that is hauntingly bittersweet but yet . . . catchy.
Featured on Silent:
Cindy McCaffrey is an accomplished violinist / viola player who has performed with the Cheektowaga Symphony Orchestra, Cloudwall, and Dallas Alice.
Kilissa Cissoko is a multi-instrumentalist who performs as part of Buffalo’s own Jazzabells. Her work with the University of Buffalo Music Department is documented on their web site.
From the Archive . . .
Tell Me Interview – Buffalo News, November 12, 2004
By Toni Ruberto
The Dreaming’s sound lives up to its band name: gorgeous melodies, rich textures, lush vocals and an often ethereal soundscape. The quintet is a collaboration of some of the most talented veteran musicians on our scene: vocalist-keyboardist Ann Janish-Schieder, guitarist-bassist Ray Lorigo, keyboardist-guitarist Daniel Haskin, vocalist Leah Pinnavaia, and drummer Pat O’Connell. The Dreaming performs an acoustic set, opening for the Strawbs at 8 tonight in the Tralf and then celebrates the release of its third disc, “Shadow Days,” 8 p.m. Nov. 27 in O Restaurant & Lounge, 3047 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Musicians Haskin and Lorigo took time to answer some questions.
How has your music evolved over the course of three discs?
Haskin: It’s been a steady progression from strictly acoustic on upward. Lately we’ve been writing songs using richer orchestrations, “Piglet and the Black Fox” and “My Resurrection,” to name two.
Why the move in a “heavier” direction, relatively speaking, for the band?
Haskin: I think we opened up our music to more instrumentation than the previous two CDs. Ray has a lot to do with that edgier feel. He’s a very percussive guitarist. On the other hand, I tend to work with sound textures and melody, so together it makes a nice fit. Also, Pat had more input this time around and it shows in some of the more exotic drum work.
Lorigo: I think we’ve evolved into better musicians technically and we aren’t “fumbling in the dark,” so to speak, with a sound we want. We’re clearer on how we want to sound. Quite frankly there was no intention about a “heavier” sound. We never think we’re going to be the next mainstream; which gives us great writing freedom.
What has the addition of Leah Pinnavaia brought to the band?
Haskin: The combination of Ann and Leah on vocals is a real blessing for us. Having two dynamic singers can really open the floodgates in the way harmonies are invented. There’s a certain something in their voices that draws you in . . . especially live. Leah also plays clarinet and keyboards which has added a new dimension to our performances.
Haskin: Witchwood is a label that was initially based around the legendary folk-rock band Strawbs. I’ve always admired that band and found it a dream come true to open for them a few times recently. They got to know us, and our work, and the label gave us a chance.
Have you noticed a difference in perspective with a U.K. label?
Haskin: Yes . . . especially with a small, selective label like Witchwood. Many of the artists are part of the era of classic ’70s British folk-rock like the Strawbs, and Hudson and Ford. It’s great to be part of something that embraces the traditional and the new, not just focusing on dollar signs.
Talk about the band’s following on Internet radio.
Haskin: Internet radio is like a return to the early days where an unknown still had a chance to be heard. Lately we have cuts in rotation on Progressive Soundscapes Radio www.progressivesoundscapes.com).
Lorigo: Internet radio is a great way for bands like us to get airplay and a following. We all know that radio stations won’t touch a band unless they have a big label behind them.
What’s next for the Dreaming?
Haskin: We’re planning to jump right back into the creative process and start laying down tracks for the fourth disc, starting in December.
– Toni Ruberto, Buffalo News