ArtemesiaBlack - Americana Gothic
Americana gothic, folk, jazz, acoustic & electric, voix de ville, soundtrack, singer songwriter, quirky comedy & story telling!
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ArtemesiaBlack tell romantic ghost stories within a sound that is a seductive blend of Americana gothic, alternative folk, singer songwriter, jazz, voix de ville and story telling. ArtemesiaBlack is husband and wife duo Kenny Schick (a multi-instrumentalist with many years of music industry experience) and Sabine Heusler Schick (fairly new to the performing music thing but not the whole ghost thing). Using buttery vocal harmonies, some wicked acoustic and electric guitar work, banjouke and various other instruments along with a lot of romantic notions, we tell stories about the lives and deaths of the ghosts we meet. The stories are sometimes quirky and funny, but always romantic, and weave through many different genres. The songs' themes are often sobering but we are about facing fears and seeing the lighter side of life (and death) we try to create theatrical, humorous and uplifting live shows.
NEWS :: NEWS :: NEWS
ARTEMESIABLACK APPROVED FOR INCLUSION ON PANDORA.COM (on line Radio Station)
We are so excited to have our songs swimming in the Pandora Music pool - we hope we'll make more friends from this, perhaps you'll hear us there, let me know if you do... I'd be interested to see who they put us with... to help promote ArtemesiaBlack it would be great if you started an ARTEMESIABLACK STATION! :)
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF PINTEREST ( #pinterest )
I collect imagines on my 'ghosts for artemesiablack' pin :)
WHAT A FANTASTIC SHOW THE 14TH SEPTEMBER AT THE BLUE ROCK SHOOT WAS!
Thank you to our wonderful friends and die hard fans for your enormous love at the show. We were thrilled to show off our dear friend Chris Jercha's music (his first live performance of his own songs) who Kenny is also recording in the studio. So wonderful to add new friends to our little tribe of ghost friendlies.
STARTED WORKING ON A NEW CD
We are thinking the next CD might come with a little coffee table book... of... you bet, ghost stories with photographs by Kenny Schick and stories by well... the characters. If we get really creative perhaps even a little dvd of little videos of the stories... wouldn't that be nice... now if we can but find time to make this happen my world would be a better place.
ALLWAYS LOOKING FOR COOL VENUES / ESPECIALLY THEATRES
We are always look for cool venues where we can put on our theatre type shows - we prefer these venues because our stuff is more theatrical than just singer songwriter. But we've played everywhere and we are so adaptable... so contact us if you want us to come to your town... we like playing in houses too... and we clean up our ghosts and take them with us when we leave :)
OYSTERS - FEATURED IN ANTERO ALLI'S FILM FLAMINGOES
Our song (or should I say Irma Fox's song) OYSTERS is privileged to be inlcuded in the sound track of Antero Alli's film FLAMINGOS. This wonderfully inspiring and thought provoking film is having huge success and very nice reviews in the media. http://www.verticalpool.com/flamingo.html A very cool review by wonderful writer Gary Singh http://www.metroactive.com/features/columns/antero-alli-flamingos-silicon-alleys_20120307.html We played a few songs at the San Jose premiere at the Anno Domini gallery after the showing of the film. We felt so privileged and honored to be included not only on the night but in the film.
"QUOTES & REVIEWS"
MERCURY NEWS by Shay Quillen 'The making of ArtemesiaBlack' - READ
"Thank you SO much for the beautiful tracks. Although they are quite different, the feel of both them and their effect on me is similar. There is a lovely, gentle haunting in them that echoes in me and compels me to return to them time and again. You and Kenny do indeed make beautiful music together. Bless you for sharing your gifts with us." Linda Dunjey
"I LOVED LOVED Francis Rae!! Great harmony and rhythm, with excellent guitar picking." Peggy Oshea
"... we absolutely heard a very similar spirit! .. we like VERY much what we heard! ... personal / unique music that does not long for certain *cliches / sounds / scenes* .. but a direct output from the heart ... a detail ... your voice ... has much of *classical* lady singers .. but does not remind on someone .. too many singers today add certain effects to the singing to *fake* feeling ... your voice / music creates a *world* .. a real feeling... pictures ... !!! ... real .. what I call *music*! - Lord Litter (German DJ - kwtf.net, RadioMarabu.de, DuckDuckGo.com, OpenStreetMap.org, and with Meta Georgia - duo with Hilke Hesse)
CD REVIEW - MUSE'S MUSE
By Don Sechelski - 04/27/2009
Album: Alternative Gothic Swamp Lullabies
Genre: alternative gothic swamp lullabies
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Beautiful, Rosie, Shipwreck, Maryjanes, Love
Artemesia Black is a duo consisting of Sabine Heusler and Kenny Schick. Their self titled new CD has taken me by surprise and stolen my heart. Their sterling acoustic guitar work and haunting vocals provide the perfect support for their well written songs. This genre they’re calling alternative swamp lullabies is a blend of chillingly spot on harmonies, crisp acoustic guitar, and a thematic reliance on ghosts. The result is mesmerizing.
There are so many great songs and sounds on this CD that is difficult to know where to begin. Beautiful, the fourth cut on the CD, fades in with a picked acoustic guitar and slide. Heusler’s vocal is soulful and passionate; the harmony with Schick is sublime. “You had me with my bags packed, turned my head, knife in my back” sings Heusler while the slide wails behind her. This is melancholy at its best.
The first cut, Rosie has Schick’s acoustic lead echoing Heusler’s haunting vocal. The harmonics created by the closely picked guitars ring through the mix and provide the perfect bed for her chilling vocals. Schick shows off his prowess on lead with a solo that is alternately bluesy and classical sounding. Good Til Now is a blues based ballad that again showcases incredible harmonies and stellar guitar playing. I love the discordant beginning of Shipwreck. The ghostly, creepy feel is deliciously dramatic and exactly the right choice for this mesmerizing story. Maryjanes features an incredible vocal arrangement that blends harmony and counterpoint with a pulsing rhythm that transfixes the listener.
There is not a bad song on Artemesia Black. This is easily one of the best albums I’ve heard this year. Everything about it is perfect from the beautifully crafted songs to the haunting performances. The arrangements are spellbinding, fresh and interesting and the production is flawless. I will be listening to Artemesia Black over and over again as well as introducing it to my friends. This is a great album.
"You guys are awe inspiring. Everything was so great! I'm thinkin' the new ArtemesiaBlack CD is gonna be in the player for a long while!!!" Love ya! xxxooo Chris
"You guys were Amazing!~~~" Steve
"Thank you so much Sabiné! You guys we're absolutely amazing! My family is still talking about it.. When's your next show?!" - Kyle
"And the Grammy goes to.....! Sweet, Tragic and hauntingly awesome..." uncleDuf
"What a great show last night!! And it was so wonderful to meet you in person. Just finished listening to your recording this morning, can't get enough of it, I love it!! It will be a favorite on the iPod."
"I had such a glorious time at the Pear St. Show! It was better than anything I could have possibly imagined, you really sounded better than ever!" Amie Sue Caplain
"I seriously listen to your album every single day - sometimes 4-5 times... it got me through a really rough year." Brandon Burr
ARTEMESIABLACK ON THE RADIO:
KSCU-FM (103.3) - Mark Rettick - San Jose
UNBOUND SOUND SHOW - Phillip Toole - San Francisco