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working on a stacey molski logo for a website that will eventually hold a portfolio, blog, and more. here’s what i’ve got so far. the full logo and the logotype.
the logo is a twofer since it may also assist in the pronunciation. we don’t want any more Mo-less-ski. i think we can all agree that is the worst possible mispronunciation of my name anyone could muster and yet, it’s the go-to mistake.

Album du jour: Anonymous 4, “1865” | Stay Tuned… - John Montanari

"Anonymous 4, the female vocal quartet that rose to unexpected fame in the 1990’s for luminous renditions of previously little-known Medieval masses, chants, carols and other discoveries, has announced that the 2015-2016 season will be their last. I had the pleasure of presenting A4 on a few occasions in the well-nigh perfect acoustics of St. Mary’s Church, Northampton, a space they loved, and where they were videotaped for a feature on CBS TV’s “Sunday Morning.” In my decades of classical concert presentation, I have never come across more charming and personable artists — best of luck to the five women who have been “on the band” over the years as they pursue individual projects…

During my classical radio career, I gave the most play to their two albums of old American hymns and folk songs, “American Angels” and “Gloryland,” featuring irresistible performances of “Amazing Grace,” “Wondrous Love,” “Wayfaring Stranger” and other enduring melodies. Well, if I were still on the air, A4’s latest album,”1865: Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War,” performed with old-timey singer and instrumentalist Bruce Molsky, would have zoomed immediately to the top of my personal hit parade.

A beautifully programmed selection of 20 well-known and little-known Civil War-era parlor songs, war ballads (from both north and south), hymns and dance tunes, “1865” captures the zeitgeist of this tragic time of our nation’s history as movingly as any other musical collection I know. The celebrated purity of Anonymous 4’s harmonizing (with Molsky’s baritone added for the choruses) lends a slightly stark, folk-painting quality to such numbers as the opening “Weeping, Sad and Lonely” and the concluding “Shall We Gather at the River,” while the various solos, duets and other vocal permutations, accompanied or a cappella, add warmth and color to what could have been, in lesser hands, rather monotonous. And what a wonderful addition Molsky makes, with his slightly rustic voice and masterful fiddling and banjoing — it’s my first encounter with him, but hopefully not my last. Very highly recommended.”

Civil War Songs & Jazz on CD - Northumberland News

"Civil War enthusiasts will be interested in this CD from Anonymous 4 and Bruce Molsky…

The CD begins with the melancholy Weeping, Sad and Lonely and ends with the somber Shall We Gather at the River? – both a cappella versions. In between there are various ballads and choruses many of which were published between 1861 and 1865. While many of the songs are a cappella, others feature banjo, fiddle and guitar.

Complementing the beautiful songs is a booklet with the lyrics, some information about songs during the Civil War along with some photographs and illustrations. According to information by Marsha Genensky “Northeners preferred the love song Aura Lea; Southeners preferred the love song Sweet Evelina. Listen to the Mockingbird became The Mockingbird Quickstep, played by military and civilian brass bands everywhere during the war years.” And, according to Genensky, “Aura Lea is the source of the melody for the Elvis Presley hit Love Me Tender”…”

Throwback Thursday: In 2004, Anonymous 4 released the first album in what became their Americana trilogy: American Angelshttp://ow.ly/HoZBZ 

“The quartet offers up a stunning disc of old-time Americana: 18th-century psalm settings, 19th-century shape-note songs, camp revival hymns and famous gospel tunes. As ever, the group’s purity, sweetness and joy are transfixing…no one else comes close to these angels.” - Billboard

The trilogy was wrapped up beautifully this week with 1865: Songs of Hope & Home from the American Civil Warhttp://ow.ly/Hp0ix

Amazon.com: Anonymous 4: 1865 - Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War: Music

Anonymous 4's 1865 in The Buffalo News: http://ow.ly/HJpCB 

"it is a pleasure to hear the quartet breathing together, sculpting perfect harmonies a cappella…Jaunty tempos and banjo picking livens up a lot of the numbers…this collection is a wonderful window into a vanished time.” 

Bruce Molsky joins Anonymous 4 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral - Memphis on Feb 12, Christ Episcopal Church, Little Rock on Feb 13, and Hamilton College in Clinton, NY on Feb 28: http://ow.ly/HJqkN