MUSIC MONDAY: Listen to Uno Lady’s newest song up on Soundcloud

“Washed Away” was recorded by Christa (Uno Lady) Ebert January 2017. Song written by Christa Ebert, Anna Jo, and Marcus Trana during Dark Songs at the Holiday Music Motel, Sturgeon Bay, WI, October 2016.

The song is about the sea level rising and the islands and coastal habitats that are lost due to climate change.

The Holiday Music Motel is a magical place that  invites songwriters from around the world. Musicians travel to Sturgeon Bay to take part in the three songwriting festivals at the Holiday Music Motel (February’s ‘Love On Holiday,’  is happening this week! June’s ‘Steel Bridge Songfest’ and October’s  ‘Dark Songs’).  You can listen to the songs recorded at the Motel, year round at www.steelbridgeradio.com/listen

For the last three years I have participated in Dark Songs and a favorite from the last trip is “Washed Away.” It was co-written by myself, Anna Jonson who is a Wildland Firefighter and simultaneously the nicest and very badass, and Norway native Marcus Trana, recording engineer, entrepreneur and all around swell guy.

 

Recording with Anna Jo and Marcus yesterday

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The version of “Washed Away” that we recorded together will be out in October.  I’ll be sure to share it 🙂

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LADYFEST Pittsburgh – July 16

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Escape the RNC and travel to near by Pittsburgh  (aka Pizzaburgh) for LADYFEST!  Ladyfest is an annual three-day festival featuring female-fronted and female-dominant acts. Ladyfest showcases the contributions women musicians are making in various genres. A portion of  the proceeds benefits the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.

Ladyfest is July 15-17. Uno Lady performs Saturday @ Spirit around 9:30 pm.

Saturday, July 16th /// 4pm /// 21+ /// $10
Spirit 242 51st Street
Facebook event

 

Press: Ladyfest Breaks the Mold in Male Dominated Scene

 

Final Fellowship Report

As promised here is my fellowship final report.

Summary

  • 90% of the fellowship funds were spent in Cuyahoga County
  • 16 people were hired to help
  • A bunch of cool stuff was purchased
  • 1,700 hours were spent researching developing and planning; creating and producing; promoting and implementing.
  • Uno lady had 30 public performances
  • Over 4,000 people experienced the work

With the fellowship funds I met the goals proposed in my application: I increased my capacity, developed my knowledge, and expanded my marketing efforts.

Contribution to the community

As promised, I spent 90% of my fellowship funds within Cuyahoga County. If there was an option to shop locally, I did. I hired Cuyahoga County artists and paid them a fair wage. I considered diversity when selecting the artists and also chose equally among the sexes.

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Nick and Tony Cross lent their musical talents on a few of the songs. Adam Boose, audio engineer at Cauliflower Audio, mastered the music. Album artwork was created in collaboration with graphic designer, Angela Ruland, and photographer, Ryan Poorman. Professional seamstress Margaret Ruble of Senjiva Studios created the custom woodgrain dress used for the cover art. Ron Kretch authored my press-kit. Megan Elk gave me a voice lesson. Mike Rodemann designed and screenprinted the t-shirts with the help of his son, Milo. Ian Charnes, director of CWRU’s Think [box] (pictured below), crafted my custom made podium. The list goes on.  I couldn’t have accomplished all that I have without the help of fellow artists.

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I had records pressed at Gotta Groove and my pal Heather Gmucs artistically manipulate the vinyl. I had hundreds of CDs made at locally based AtoZ Audio.

In September, I improved my 2009 tape release for the 5-year anniversary, I Really Like Genetics But I’d Rather Have a Good Time, and made it free to the public (unolady.com/download). Download cards were printed at Jakprints. Another freebee was released on Christmas, when I covered “Auld Lang Syne.”

Capacity

IMG_20140715_180305With the fellowship, I was able to turn an empty space in my house into an office/ modest studio that meets my recording needs.

I bought much needed equipment including but not limited to: A new Fender 300 Portable PA speaker system, a Boss RC30 loop pedal, an Apogee ONE microphone, KORG Volca Beats drum machine, MicroKORG Vocoder synthesizer, Yamaha Mixer, cables and power supplies, computer speakers, mic stands, and a handful of smaller instruments such as a Melodica (keyboard air), Tibetan singing bowls, thumb piano, and a musical saw and bow.

Knowledge

I bought a GoPro camera to help with future music videos, and took a film editing class at the Cleveland Institute of Art (taught by the lovely Lauren Voss). I took classes at the Beck Center for voice and piano. I learned the basics of music theory, how to sight-read, and how to sing this creepy/ amazing Italian Aria Lascia ch’io pianga.

Marketing

My marketing efforts were enhanced by the fellowship: unolady.com is up and running. I am now registered as both the writer and publisher of my songs on ASCAP and secured licensing with CD Baby. My songs are finally on itunes, can be purchased on Amazon, and in the review process for Pandora. I now have a youtube channel with 10 videos posted in the past year.

I sent hundreds of emails and 70+ packages promoting the record and booking the tour. Each package contained a personalized, handwritten note in addition to professionally made publicity materials. Despite hours of sleuthing, I couldn’t find Wes Anderson’s address to send him a record.

In October, I went on tour, performing in eight towns never played in prior. I also was lucky enough to participated in an invite-only songwriting workshop and was on five recordings made during that week. It was the first time of my life I spent focused on music and nothing else.

The Creative Workforce Fellowship was a life changing opportunity. It continue to be a catalyst to my creativity and I am very thankful to CPAC and CAC. Thanks for making such an innovative and supportive program for Cuyahoga County artists.

I encourage all artists who are passionate about their city to apply to this year’s fellowship. On Wednesday, June 24, 2015 @ 12 noon, I’ll be speaking at the Foundation Center Cleveland (1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1300, Cleveland) about the fellowship and grant writing basics. Register here. Stay tuned for more updates. I’ll be posting more about the fellowship  (click here to subscribe).

More info on the fellowships can be found here.

Creative Workforce Fellowship videos: Uno Lady, GTK, and CPT

Community Partnership for Arts and Culture posted videos showcasing each Creative Workforce Fellow.

I wanted to share Uno Lady’s video as well as highlight a few of my favorites. All are worth watching. It is a short two minutes focusing on some of the most creative talents in Cuyahoga County. Watch them here

Here I am- Christa Ebert,  expert nerd, music connoisseur.

Fellowship friends

I have been lucky to call RA Washington a friend prior to the fellowship. RA is the co-founder of  Guide To Kulchur,  a bookstore (and then some) located on W65th and Detroit. GTK also acts as “an incubator for emerging and marginalized voices within the print medium. Main projects include Cleveland Books 2 Prisoners, GTK Press, The Cleveland Zine Archive, and The Sally Tatnall Black Box.”…  http://guidetokulchurcleveland.com/

I also made some new pals thanks to the fellowship and developed a fondness for Cleveland Public Theatre. Cleveland Public Theatre’s mission is to “raise consciousness and nurture compassion through groundbreaking performances and life-changing educational programs.” There programs and plays are unique, and quite frankly, badass. They host my favorite annual concert, and throw the most action packed fundraiser that has ever existed.

Raymond Bobgan is the Executive Artistic Director or CPT and a 2014 fellowship recipient for music composition.  His compositions may be the closest to Uno Lady’s musical style that I have come across. I love this because we make similar music in opposite ways.

Last but not least is my new feisty friend, Faye Hargate! Faye is a performer, installation artist, educator and director at CPT. Check out her video below.

You can check out the rest of the videos here.

Ps. The final report for my fellowship is almost finished. I’ll make sure to share and post when I am done.

 

The Creative Workforce Fellowship is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC). The Fellowship program is supported by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture(CAC).
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New record -Amateur Hour

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“Amateur Hour” is a high water mark for a confident, headstrong vocalist/songwriter who seems to level up with every endeavor—the crispness of the recording renders every skein of Ebert’s voicings audible with unprecedented and welcome clarity, showing off her strong, instinctive gifts for arrangement and lyric writing.
– Ron Kretsch

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Super stoked about the new record, Amateur Hour — it’s easily my best yet. Cleveland’s own  Gotta Groove Records and A to Z Audio are putting all the pieces together for the release.

For the new album, I wanted to complete and record some older songs, as well as have an equal amount of new material to include. Some stuff was dusted off from back when I started — from before I started using a metronome.

This new one is also the first Uno Lady release that includes collaboration. Nick Cross (my fake brother-in-law of Coffinberry and Little Bighorn fame) lends his talents on guitar to two tracks, You’re no fangtooth and Night ride. Tony Cross, that handsome devil (from the same bands), adds drums to Bikini weeding and End of time. And the talented Adam Boose, of Cauliflower Audio, mastered all the tracks.

It is fun to hear the evolution from the past few recordings (I really like genetics but I’d rather have a good time, 2009 & Tacocat, 2010) to Amateur Hour, but this disc is gonna be the last recording of me acting like I know what I’m doing. Hence the name, Amateur Hour. Now that the album’s completed, I’m going to take voice lessons and learn to sight read. It all should make for an audible transformation in future recordings.

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The album artwork is another thing I’m stoked about. It turned out better than I envisioned! A big thanks to Ryan Poorman for taking the photos and Angie Ruland for working in tandem with him on the layout.  Thanks to the lovely Kim Tran for the fabulous makeup and  Margaret Ruble at Senjiva Studio  for making the most beautiful yet hideous dress (by request) I have ever seen!

And last but not least, a heartfelt thanks to Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC) and Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) for creating and sustaining the Creative Workforce Fellowship.  Thanks for relighting the creative fire within me and providing me support so I can invest in myself and music.  If it wasn’t for the fellowship, this would have taken another 10 years to make. Instead I am already working on the planning stages for the next record.

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You can get a copy of the record by coming to the Record release show:
October 18, 9:00pm

w/Delaney Davidson & Shale Satans
Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern
11625 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106

Facebook event page

Online purchases can be made here