Fri. Jan 27th, 2023

Emily Saliers (center) and Amy Ray (proper), greatest generally known as the Indigo Women, communicate to college students within the UNCG Auditorium throughout a Q&A session moderated by College of Music professor Mark Engebretson (left).

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers sat in entrance of the UNCG Auditorium stage, each informal and unassuming; their quiet demeanor was a pointy distinction to the highly effective music they belted out simply minutes earlier than of their sound test with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.

“So long as we’re going to have a symphony, let’s make it huge and bombastic when it must be. Let’s not waste it,” says Ray.

The pair, greatest generally known as the GRAMMY-winning Indigo Women, have bought over 14 million data and are the one duo with prime 40 titles on the Billboard 200 within the ‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s and ‘10s. Acknowledged for his or her folk-rock hits, Ray and Saliers took on a brand new problem in 2012: taking acoustic-heavy hits like “Energy of Two” and making them with the facility of an orchestra.

“Someplace alongside our path, we acquired invited to be artists that get to play with symphonies,” says Saliers. “There’s an company that places these items collectively and we had been very enthusiastic about that as a result of we’ve by no means executed it earlier than.”

Be dramatic 

The blended sound was a shock for a number of college students coming to attend the duo’s soundcheck and subsequent Q & A session earlier than their efficiency with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra on January 13.

“I don’t like acoustic guitar however I feel this sounds fairly improbable with the orchestra backing,” says G Cooper-Volkheimer, a first-year Masters pupil within the College of Music. “They simply appear to work very well collectively and whoever writes scores for them has executed a very good job. It actually works.”

The occasion is a part of the College Live performance and Lecture Sequence, the longest working collection of its sort in North Carolina, that offers college students the prospect to be taught and listen to from prolific consultants within the performing arts world.  

“Our primary directive was to be actually dramatic,” Ray says. “We don’t need anybody to get bored whereas we’re enjoying.”

Sophomore Mycah Johnson mirrored on the benefit of the Indigo Women collaboration with the orchestra.

“It appeared like possibly they didn’t apply with the symphony earlier than the sound test; so for them to have the ability to run a soundcheck and sound like that’s superb,” Johnson says.

The Indigo Women apply with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra earlier than their January 13 efficiency at UNCG.

Discovering the music

Whereas some questions had been submitted forward of time for the moderator to ask throughout the Q & A session, College of Music junior Q El-Amin was in a position to ask the Indigo Women straight how they piece collectively their music. 

College of Music junior Q El-Amin asks the Indigo Women about their course of for creating music, particularly in the event that they concentrate on lyrics or melody first.

“Once I’m writing, I sit down with an instrument and simply begin enjoying and when one thing feels prefer it has one thing to it, I look by way of my lyric journal and see if there’s something that matches up,” says Ray. “It used to start out with lyrics, however just lately, it’s been about discovering the music first.”

Though they’re a pair, they begin the songwriting course of individually.

“I discover a chord development that pursuits me after which I begin singing gibberish,” Saliers says. “However now I take advantage of voice memos on my iPhone as a result of I’ll overlook every thing. In writing for a musical, I wrote lyrics based mostly on what’s taking place within the scene after which wrote music for the lyrics.

As a Music in Efficiency – Standard Music and Know-how main, El-Amin was pleasantly stunned by the soundcheck, admitting he was not conscious of the Indigo Lady’s work earlier than the occasion. 

“I used to be simply actually impressed with how put collectively it was up there. I simply needed to know the way it will get to that time,” says El-Amin.

A nerve wracking course of

When requested about beginning the method of taking a tune thought and making a full observe, Ray says it’s “nerve wracking.” The duo every ship an MP3 file with a tune thought to 1 one other after which they get collectively. 

“So long as we’re going to have a symphony, let’s make it huge and bombastic when it must be. Let’s not waste it.”

Amy Ray, the Indigo Women

“We actually simply begin concepts, one verse at a time and check out 1,000,000 totally different harmonies, totally different approaches,” says Ray. 

Their collaborative work teaches college students that music can evolve: whether or not it’s how they put collectively certainly one of their folk-rock jams or work with an orchestra to create one thing completely new. 

“As quickly as you begin attempting stuff, it opens the doorways to different issues,” says Ray. “When you begin attempting issues and preserve saying sure, the door retains opening and different issues begin coming in that you would be able to attempt.”

Story by Avery Craine Powell, College Communications

Images by Sean Norona, College Communications

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