Oren Bloedow

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Oren Bloedow
Born (1965-07-03) July 3, 1965 (age 57)
New York City
GenresJazz, pop, rock
Occupation(s)Musician
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar, bass guitar
Years active1980s–present
Websiteelysianmusic.com

Oren Bloedow (born July 3, 1965) is an American singer, guitarist and bassist. He founded the band Elysian Fields in 1995 with Jennifer Charles. His father, Jerry Bloedow was a playwright, poet, and film editor whose theater, the Hardware Poet's Playhouse, participated in the New York avant-garde scene in the 1950s and 1960s.

Career[edit]

Bloedow's first musical affiliations were with Phillip Johnston, Bobby Previte, and Wayne Horvitz, all of whom worked with him in Bobby Radcliff's blues band in the 1980s. With Radcliff, Bloedow backed up Dr. John,[1] Otis Rush, Johnny Copeland and Paul Butterfield. Another close collaboration was with guitarist Ron Anderson of The Molecules. In 1985 a friend of Anderson's introduced Bloedow to 101 Crustaceans, whose leader, Ed Pastorini, is Bloedow's oldest continuing musical associate and was a member of Elysian Fields.[1] Bloedow names Pastorini as his favorite musician.

He attended New England Conservatory in 1987–88, studying with Ran Blake, David Holland.. Returning to New York City he joined the community forming at the Knitting Factory which included Previte, Horvitz, and Johnston. In 1990 he coupled up with Knitting Factory employee Charles, who became his songwriting and performing partner. Albums with Columbia recording artists Brenda Kahn and Dog's Eye View followed. In 1995, his musical project with Charles, now called Elysian Fields, was signed to Radioactive Records. He recorded an album with Medeski, Martin and Wood for Knitting Factory Records and played bass as a member of The Lounge Lizards. He also worked with Chocolate Genius, and Yerba Buena.


In the 2000's Oren worked extensively with V2/Commotion Records artist Chocolate Genius, contributing to the albums GodMusic and Black Yankee Rock. A Chocolate Genius tour opening for Meshell Ndegeocello brought Oren to that artist's attention, and he played in her band frequently in that decade, appearing on the albums Comfort Woman, The World Has Made The Man Of My Dreams, and Comfort Woman.

In 2015, Oren opened The Owl Music Parlor in Brooklyn, which he books and usually runs singlehanded. Like the Knitting Factory and Tonic, venues that Oren gravitated to as a young musician, The Owl has proved a hub for a thriving musical community and earned a worldwide reputation as a destination for great music.



With Jennifer Charles, he was a headline act the Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków in 2005 and 2015 as La Mar Enfortuna.


Credits

Oren Bloedow Recording/ Performing Credits

Universal (/various) Recording Artists Elysian Fields, Co-leader

The Lounge Lizards  (R,P)

Bruce Springsteen.  (P)

Warner/Verve (etc) Recording Artist Meshell Ndegeocello. (R, P/ extensive touring)

Jazz Giants such as Bill Frisell, Roy Hargrove, Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Chris Dave and more

Verve Recording Artist Lizz Wright (R/P/ touring)

Jewel (R, P, tv)

Norah Jones (P)

Regina Spektor   (R)

Badly Drawn Boy (P)

Emmylou Harris.  (P)

Lou Reed (P)

Sony Artists Jeff Buckley (P), Dog’s Eye VIew (R, P), Brenda Kahn (R,P touring)

(Irish Superstar) Glen Hansard (The movie Once, etc). (R,P)

Martha Wainwright (P - touring)

Rufus Wainwright (P - touring)

Kate and Anna McGarrigle (P, musical direction)

Tegan and Sara (P)

Metropolitan Opera Composer  / Nonesuch Recording Artist Nico Muhly. (P, touring)

Nonesuch Recording Artist Thomas Bartlett (R,P, touring)

V2 Recording Artist Chocolate Genius (R, P, Musical Direction)

Blues greats such as Otis Rush, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield, Johnny Copeland, Jimmy Vivino, Sean Pelton. (P)

African musicians such as Nigerian Superstars Femi (and Seun) Kuti (P), Ethiopian Superstar Aster Aweke

Guitar Chair:  Fela! On Broadway with Antibalas (Theater work)

Guitar and Bass with Anohni (Antony and The Johnsons (R,P)

Robert Wilson’s Life And Death of Marina Abramovic, with Willem Dafoe (and M.A.)  (Theater work)

‘Downtown' music legends John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Sex Mob

Folk Artists Sam Amidon (Nonesuch) (R,P), Mark O’Connor, Larry Campbell, Martin Hayes (P)

M. Ward. (P)

Stephanie Mills (P)

Bilal (P)

David Hidalgo of Los Lobos (P, orchestration)

Dreamworks Rec Artist E. (of Eels) (P, orchestration)

Discography[edit]

  • Oren Bloedow (Knitting Factory, 1992)
  • Luckiest Boy in the World (Knitting Factory, 1998)
  • La Mar Enfortuna (Tzadik, 2001)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Elysian Fields: Last Night on Earth". Pitchfork.