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Neumann in Seattle with Brandi Carlile

Neumann in Seattle with Brandi Carlile

: Courtesy of Josh Neumann.

Josh Neumann [MU ‘04] has been playing his cello on tour with Brandi Carlile; that tour lands in Seattle at Beneroya Hall November 23-25.

Josh Neumann, alumnus of Cornish, is playing with the Seattle Symphony. Probably not in the way you’d think, though: Josh plays the cello in new-wave country artist Brandi Carlile’s band, and THEY are playing with the Seattle Symphony. It won’t be the first time the band has played Beneroya Hall. In fact, Carlile’s fourth album is a recording of a performance with the symphony, Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony. The band played with the symphony also in 2008.

“I have been playing cello with Brandi for the past 8 years,” says Neumann. “She was looking for a cellist and contacted a friend of mine in NYC who recommended me, it was truly the classic tale of being in the right place at the right time and being ready when that call came. I never thought I would be playing with the Seattle Symphony and this weekend will mark the 4th, 5th and 6th time we have performed with them which is quite an honor.”

Josh played on several of Carlile’s album including Brandi Carlile, The Story and Give Up the Ghost, and on several nationally televised performances on shows such as “Conan O’Brien,” “The Tonight show with Jay Leno,” “The CBS Early Morning Show,” “The Jools Holland Show” and “Three Wishes.” On his current tour with Brandi Carlyle, the band has opened shows for Tori Amos, Chris Isaak, Marc Brussard, Train, Jamie Cullum, The Fray, John Mayer, Newton Faulkner, One Republic, Maroon 5, Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow and The Indigo Girls. As if that weren’t enough, he and the band played for a 2010 USO show on the south lawn of the White House and got to meet President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama (pictured).

Neumann, who’s official brand is “Josh Neumann Cello Man,” grew up in old in Nevada City, CA. He found his calling early, starting up at age eight and playing in the Sacremento Youth Symphony by his high school years. He notes that he was lucky enough to play with artists like Roger Hodgson and Super Tramp, Winton and Delfeayo Marsalis, Bobby Mcferrin, Joanna Newsom, and Lubomir Georgiev. He first recorded in 1997 with Supertramp on their CD, Rites of Passage. He received a scholarship to study at San Diego State, but transferred to Cornish to study cello and took his BFA in music in 2004.

Fans will have to hurry to get tickets for the show, as the performances are selling out fast. More Information.


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