Roger Greenawalt

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Roger McEvoy Greenawalt
Greenawalt at the 366 Visions Factory, Feb 2014
Born Berlin, Germany
Genres Rock, Pop, Acoustic Rock, Reggae, Dance, Film/TV Scoring, Electronica, Sound Design
Occupations Record Producer, Composer, Performer
Years active 1978- Present
Associated acts Ben Kweller, The Pierces, Rufus Wainwright
Website beatlescompleteonukulele.com
Notable instruments
Ukulele, Bass, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Pedal Steel, Lap Steel, Percussion, Programming

""Roger McEvoy Greenawalt"" is a Multi-Media performance artist. He is the creator of 366 Visions, the daily broadcast on all social platforms of poetry, visual art and music launching in May 2014. He is known for carrying a ukulele at all times everywhere he goes.

Greenwalt spent 27 years as a music producer, composer and musician, working with Iggy Pop, Allen Ginsburg, Rufus Wainwright, Nils Lofgren, Albert Hammond Jr, Ben Kweller, The Pierce's, Nellie McKay, Adam Green, Philip Glass, Rick Ocasek, Sophie B. Hawkins, Ashley MacIsaac, Eve's Plum, Branford Marsalis and many others. After his second brush with laryngeal cancer in 2013, he was rendered mute for a month. He channelled his frustration into obsessively writing Twitter poetry - poetry that is exactly 140 characters long - and taking hundreds of photos a day. These poems formed the genesis for 366 Visions, and led to his retirement as an active record producer. Greenawalt does still work with some musicians personally, as in his recent collaboration with art-world muse and fine-art photographer, Natalie White. Greenawalt is also working with his former protege and the most-followed person on Vine, Nicholas Megalis.

After three radical reconstructive surgeries performed by Dr Michael Pitman at the New York Eye and Ear Hospital, Greenawalt's was voice restored to its pre-cancer clarity and power. However, his vocal range has changed from deep baritone to tenor. This experience has led Greenawalt to concentrate on smoking cessation as part of his on-going charity work with Warren Buffett, Peter Buffett and Sean Penn's Haiti charity relief organization JP/HRO.

Background[edit]

Greenawalt studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1978-1980. In 1980 Greenawalt formed the "Sarcastic Post Punk No Wave Death Disco" band The Dark who, after gaining a loyal East Coast following, drew the interest of Ric Ocasek, lead singer and guitarist of The Cars. Ocasek produced The Dark's second EP, Darkworld, in 1982. A single, "Judy",[1] became a local hit in Boston.[2]

Since the mid-1980s, Greenawalt has produced a wide variety of music, including records by bands such as Ben Kweller, The Pierces, and Julian Velard. Recent productions include recordings by The Pierces, Julian Velard, Nellie McKay Lovely Liar Reno Is Famous, and Thinking In Pictures

TV and Film[edit]

Greenawalt's music has been featured in Dexter, Pretty Little Liars, The Sopranos and Weeds. Greenawalt scored the first season of Anthony Bourdain's cooking show 'Cook's Tour' for New York Times television and for National Geographic/New York Times television. Greenawalt also did a season of Lifeline for The Discovery Channel, and hundreds of jingles, commercials and cues for radio and television. Greenawalt scored the B Movie horror classic Frankenhooker in 1991.

Beatles Complete On Ukulele[edit]

On December 8, 2005, Greenawalt first performed his Beatles Complete On Ukulele concert by playing all 185 original Beatles songs in one day on ukulele with 60 guest singers at Elizabeth Streb's SLAM Action Lab in Brooklyn, New York. In 2008, he did the same show again at Brooklyn's Spike Hill. Since then, Greenawalt has performed the marathon show three more times at Brooklyn Bowl and three years running at SXSW in Austin, Texas (2010,[3] 2011). Greenawalt performed an abridged version near San Francisco at The McEvoy Ranch Harvest Festival in November 2010. Performers at these various concerts have included Nellie McKay, The Naked Brothers Band, The Pierces, Adam Green, Ryan Miller of Guster, Jeremiah Birnbaum, and Freedy Johnston. Greenawalt has an accompanying web site Beatles Complete On Ukulele where he is rerecording original Beatles songs on ukulele. He releases a new track periodically with an original essay about the song. See link to site here...[1]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dark, The. "Judy". song. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Belm. "Living in This Darkworld". Belm Blog. 
  3. ^ Carr, David (2010-03-19). "SXSW: The Beatles Meet the Ukulele". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 

External links[edit]

  • [2] A profile of Greenawalt’s role in the discovery of Ben Kweller. From The New Yorker April 7, 1997.
  • [3] Greenawalt's Myspace page
  • YouTube Video - Greenawalt and band Supergene perform a Beatles song
  • Ukuleledisco.com - Greenawalt plays ukulele in 1969
  • Beatles Complete on Ukulele - blog
  • [4] Interview with Roger Greenawalt. From Original Hipster.net Nov. 17, 2010.