The Christmas Sessions (Live)

Jeff Leigh

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Unique “live” arrangements of Christmas music with multiple layers of Violin.

JEFF LEIGH... is a classical-crossover violinist who specializes in classical-crossover, Gypsy jazz, and Christian Arts. A fellow at both Tanglewood and the Aspen Music Festival, he's also played with the Naples Philharmonic for the past 10 years. Composition and improvisation are constant tools in his musical belt as he seeks to expand how the traditional violin is commonly used. Such expansions include collaborations with visual and dance artists. He also applies these ideas to Christian worship in a variety of contexts. To expand such efforts Jeff has recently founded a ministry called Abiding Arts Night. Education, Work, Ministry: PhD in composition (City Univ of NY), 2 MMs (University of Akron), BM (Indiana University), former Assistant Professor of composition (Wheaton College), Independent Teacher (Village School in Naples, FL), Pastor (Calvary Chapel Abide).

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I Must Decrease

Jeff Leigh

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Acoustic violin worship album with re-imagined familiar Hymn arrangements. The performer uses a single instrument to create all rhythms, harmonies, and melodies. Fun to listen to, great to worship by!

The track "Numerology of Loaves" is based on the numbers presented in Jesus' feeding of the four and five thousand. These numbers (1, 2, 5, 7, 12) are all theologically important to the Christian faith. The piece is a meditation about these miraculous events in Jesus' earthly ministry.

All tracks were recorded using a single violin (Augustus Wunderlich, maker, 1890's) and a Fishman SA220 acoustic amplifier. No other instruments were used. The various sounds were made using a bow, pizzicato, and percussive knocking on the instrument.

To contact Jeff, email him at Jeff.S.Leigh@gmail.com

Recording and mixing by Alex Casement, Parkshore Studios (Naples, FL).

Images and Photos are from the studio of Alysse Renee Photography, (AlysseRenee.com)

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