Ann Marie Calhoun
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|Ann Marie Calhoun|
|Birth name||Ann Marie Simpson|
May 26, 1979 |
Gordonsville, Virginia, United States
|Associated acts||SuperHeavy, Kantara, Gary Ruley and Mule Train, Walker's Run|
Ann Marie Calhoun (née Simpson; born 1979), is a classically-trained American violinist who has performed as a bluegrass and rock musician in a number of prominent acts, including Jethro Tull, Steve Vai, Dave Matthews Band, Ringo Starr, and Mick Jagger's SuperHeavy. She is the sister of violinist Mary Simpson.
Calhoun began taking violin lessons at the age of three. As she says: "I actually don't remember learning how to play, because I started when I was three. I feel like I've always known." The first "hint of her talent" came at the age of four when she and her father were watching a Redskins game on television. After the band played "Hail to the Redskins" he suddenly heard it again, only this time on the violin: "She picked it up through her ears, and it came out through her fingers instantly. I knew she had a gift then."
She began playing bluegrass music with her siblings in the Simpson Family Band when she was still quite young. As her father states: "When she was 14, I started taking her to the fiddle contests and she won just about every one."
She attended Lake Braddock High School in Virginia close to Washington, D.C.
As a teenager she was a youth fellow with the National Symphony Orchestra, a program that took her to the Kennedy Center weekly and provided private lessons with the National Symphony Orchestra's violinist William Haroutounian. Early on she was conflicted as to what style of music to pursue.
Calhoun attended the University of Virginia where she double-majored in Music and Biology, graduating in the class of 2001. She also took some pre-medicine required courses. While studying there she shared her bluegrass fiddle talents with Walker's Run in Charlottesville, Virginia. From 2001 to 2003 she was part of the bluegrass fusion ensemble Old School Freight Train. She also takes part in Gary Ruley and Mule Train with other members of Walker's Run.
Before dedicating herself completely to her musical career, Calhoun taught science and directed the strings program at Woodberry Forest School, in Madison County, Virginia. She is "taking a leave from this school to pursue music." She has also been a noted violin and fiddle teacher in both Northern Virginia and Central Virginia.
In 2007 she became a member of Steve Vai's band, "String Theories" (so named for the addition of two Violinists and dropping of one Guitarist, changing the sound of Steve's more typical "Rock Band", and a play on his most recently released 2-CD set & DVD, at the time, a recording of his work (both playing guitar as well as changing arrangements of his solo work for a full Orchestra) with the Netherlands avant-garde Metropole Orkest entitled Sound Theories Volumes I & II. She began a world tour with Steve Vai in June 2007.
 Ann Marie received a gold sales award for her participation in Steve Vai's "Where the Wild Things Are" DVD. Her performance with Steve Vai on "Now We Run" was also nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of "Best Instrumental Rock Group Performance."
At the 50th Grammy Awards on February 10, 2008, Mrs. Calhoun was the winner of the "My Grammy Moment" contest and played live with the Foo Fighters during the broadcast. Said Steve Vai about her performance at that event: "She should have been the one who had a full performance on the show, because she would have stunned people."
In 2008 she performed multiple times as a special guest with the band Switchfoot.
In 2008 Ann Marie performed multiple times as a special guest with the band Widespread Panic.
In 2009 she toured as a featured soloist with Yanni.
On January 13, 2010, she performed for Ringo Starr with Ben Harper and the Relentless7 on The Daily Show to promote Starr's new album, Y Not. She again played with them and Joan Osborne on January 14, 2010 for a performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, in New York City which was recorded for and appeared in 2010 on the PBS show, Live from the Artists Den.
Ann Marie collaborated with Hans Zimmer, as a featured soloist and contributing writer on the film score for the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, directed by Guy Ritchie. The score was nominated for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Score. She also collaborated with Damien Marley to score the documentary “Bouncing Cats,” a film that follows one man’s efforts to use dance to empower youth in war-torn Uganda. She worked with Dave Stewart (her manager through Stewart's Weapons of Mass Entertainment company), and co-wrote the theme song for the charity Stand Up to Cancer.
She also performed with A.R.Rahman at the MTV Unplugged in 2012.
- Hans Zimmer, "The Lone Ranger - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (solo violin), 2013.
- Hans Zimmer, Man of Steel - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (solo violin), 2013.
- Pearl Jam, Lightning Bolt (string arrangements) 2013.
- Dave Stewart, The Blackbird Diaries (violin), 2011.
- Incubus, If Not Now, When (violin), 2011.
- Stevie Nicks, In Your Dreams (violin, string arrangements), 2011.
- Damian Marley and Nas, Distant Relatives (violin), 2010.
- Ringo Starr, Y Not (violin), 2010.
- Robbie Robertson, How To Become Clairvoyant Violin, 2010.
- Vusi Mahlasela, Say Africa (violin), 2010.
- Pharrell Williams, "Marilyn Monroe" (violin), 2014.
- Steve Vai, Where the Wild Things Are (violin), 2009.
- Joan Osborne, Little Wild One (violin), 2008.
- The Hooters, Both Sides Live (violin, vocals), 2008.
- Dave Stewart, Dave Stewart Songbook, Vol.1 (violin), 2008.
- Jethro Tull, The Best of Acoustic Jethro Tull (violin), 2007.
- Various Artists, The Eclectic Bluegrass Collection (fiddle), 2006.
- Gary Ruley and Mule Train, Live at the Troubadour, Volume I(fiddle), 2005.
- Gary Ruley and Mule Train, Live at the Troubadour, Volume II (fiddle), 2005.
- Dave Matthews Band, Stand Up (violin), RCA, ASIN: B00082ZSP2, 2005.
- Old School Freight Train, Pickin' on Wilco: Casino Side (fiddle), 2004.
- Old School Freight Train, Old School Freight Train (fiddle), 2002.
- Gary Ruley, Gary Ruley and Mule Train (fiddle), 2002.
Articles, reviews, interviews, etc.
- Assar, Vijith, "FACETIME - Jethro lull: Local gal all over the place", The Hook, April 26, 2007.
- Barnes, Lindsay, "FACETIME - Calhoun's coup: Local violinist shines at the Grammys", The Hook, February 2, 2008.
- Calhoun, Ann Marie, "Last Look: Starving Artist", University of Virginia Arts and Science Magazine, February 17, 2006.
- Fiddler's Grove Ole Time Fiddler's Contest, 1999 winners.
- "Interview with ANN-MARIE CALHOUN", Let It Rock, October 2006.
- St. George, Donna, "A Shining Moment In Grammy Spotlight: Talent Took N.Va. Violinist to 'Music's Biggest Night'", The Washington Post, Thursday, February 14, 2008
- "My GRAMMY Moment 2008 Down to Three Finalists Vying to Be Featured Performer in Foo Fighters Orchestra on 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards Feb. 10 on CBS", Business Wire, February 04, 2008. Quoting from the article: " ... Ann Marie Calhoun (28 [years old], ... Gordonsville, Va. – Violin ..."
- "Ann Marie Calhoun official website". Annmariecalhoun.com. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
- "Is it a fiddle or a violin?", Orange County Review inSIDEr, Orange, Virginia, June 7, 2007
- St. George, Donna (2008-02-14), "A Shining Moment In Grammy Spotlight: Talent Took N.Va. Violinist to 'Music's Biggest Night'", The Washington Post: B01
- "2005 Maury River Fiddler's Convention 12th Annual Maury River Fiddlers' Convention 2005" - Maury River Fiddler's Convention website, Buena Vista, Virginia. Mary Simpson won first place in the 2005 fiddling competition and also won Best All Around Blue Grass Performer.
- "FACETIME- Jethro lull: Local gal all over the place" interview by Vijith Assar, published April 26, 2007 The Hook.
- "Last Look: Starving artist" by Ann Marie Calhoun, posted February 17, 2006 University of Virginia Arts and Science Magazine.
- "Biography: William Haroutounian", The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
- Graves, Lee, "Fiddling with the Stars: Violin Prodigy Rocks with Ringo, Wins Nationwide Grammy Contest", The McIntire Department of Music Newsletter, University of Virginia, April 17, 2008
- Ann Marie Calhoun official website - (archived 2006) Quoting from the 2006 archived site: " ... Ann Marie decided to be a science and strings teacher at Woodberry Forest School. (She also double majored in Biology and took pre-medicine requirements just for fun.) ..."
- "Walker's Run website". Walkersrun.com. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
- "The Jethro Tull Archive SET LISTt". Electrocutas.Com. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
- "Ann Marie Calhoun MySpace page". Myspace.com. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
- "Biography: Kantara Music", Kantara Music website
- "Interview with ANN-MARIE CALHOUN" Let It Rock interview October 2006.
- "Steve Vai to Release Live Concert Film from Sound Theories Tour", Modern Guitars Magazine magazine, July 17, 2009
- "Live from the Artists Den: Ringo Starr with Ben Harper and Relentless7", The Artists Den website, 2010
- "Artists Den Presents Ringo Starr with Ben Harper & Relentless7", Spectrum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, Thursday, January 14, 2010
- "Live From The Artists Den: Ringo Starr With Ben Harper And Relentless 7 Airs Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV", KPBS-TV website. Includes a photograph of the musicians playing on stage with Ann Marie Calhoun.
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- "The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) With Pharrell Williams & Hans Zimmer, ‘Pharrell Williams – It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got Pharrell’ – The Neptunes No. 1 fan site, all about Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo". Theneptunes.org. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
- "New Pearl Jam Album Lightning Bolt". Pearl Jam OnLine. Retrieved 2013-08-09.