Powerhouse Chris Murphy is on fire, releasing one album this year and ready to release two more in early 2017! He’s recently back from Audio Lab Recording Studios in Idaho where his second album of 2017 was recorded LIVE! With a studio audience in attendance, Chris took everyone on a journey through the latest in his extensive composition repertoire! Never-before-heard music was enjoyed, and the audience got to lend their hands and hearts to the once-in-a-lifetime experience! Stay tuned in Spring 2017 for album details, and follow Chris online here as well as on Facebook and Instagram.
After providing music for Emma & Ben’s gorgeous wedding at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, The Teahouse Company was excited to see that the incredible talents of Hoo Films put together a touching, emotional video for the two. It gives us a look at the emotional ride these two have gone on together and sums up the joyous occasion in one beautifully shot video, featuring speeches from the wedding party and the bride and groom themselves. Check the video out below and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!
It’s National Wedding Day and the Teahouse Music Company wants to help all of you lovely brides and grooms celebrate.
For THIS WEEK ONLY the Teahouse Company is offering 15% OFF any and all bookings!
If you’re still looking for the perfect music for your wedding, check out our website and see the amazing bands we have to help create beautiful music for your special day!
To redeem your discount, call 509.251.5806 and use the code phrase:
“Every Kiss Begins with Tea!”
Offer valid from 21 June 2016 to 28 June 2016.
Booking live music for a wedding can seem like an enormous and daunting task. How many musicians should there be? For how long should they play? What part of the reception is best to have them play during? Don’t fret, future bride/groom! Teahouse is here to walk you through the steps so that you can focus on what this wedding is really supposed to be about: your union.
Choosing your genre of music
Perhaps you are going for a rustic-style wedding where upright bass and violins twang in the background underneath light, breezy banter. This may mean a folk or bluegrass band would work best for your big day. Or maybe you are going a more traditional route with a string ensemble to play classical favorites like Bach and Mozart. These are all things to consider when deciding on the aesthetic of your wedding and all things play an important role in the mood that you set for your special day. A good wedding band will be able to adapt to what you want for your wedding.
$etting your budget
What is great about deciding to incorporate live music into your wedding is that it can all be adjusted to fit your standards as well as your budget. If the live music is a smaller part of your budget, maybe vie for a single musician to serenade your audience. Perhaps the live music plays a larger role in your wedding and you would like the artists to stay throughout the event’s entirety. These are all price points that can be adjusted to fit what you need.
Something to remember:
- There are many different factors that play into a musician’s price for playing your ceremony. This can include the travel to location, parking, sound equipment, length of performance time, song requests, provided meals, etc. Be sure to take this all into account when budgeting! And remember, this can all adjust to what you feel comfortable with.
Finding your musicians
It can be a bit tricky to find trustworthy, talented live musicians for your wedding, especially since there is a lot of pressure in terms of quality for such a special day. Never fear, Teahouse is here! Of course, we take weddings extremely seriously in our company. Our musicians are never late, can play a multitude of genres and take great care to make sure you have an unforgettable event. You can look at our Yelp Reviews to see some of the great things people have had to say about our musicians. We would be honored to play your special event.
In a recent post on Palace of Rock’s page, you might see a familiar face pop up in the feed. Los Angeles’ minstrel and Teahouse’s own Chris Murphy received a review from the site with some great things to say about his latest album, “Surface To Air”, from their music writer, Kaj Roth:
“Surface To Air…is a crossover of heartland rock, bluegrass and Irish folkmusic. “Dead weight” and “Last Of The Twickham Blackbirds”…are really cool roots-rock songs.”
Roth takes us through the album and gives his two cents, both positive and constructive, and commends Murphy for his craftsmanship, noting that he deserves a slot in a much-needed violinist hall of fame. We couldn’t agree more! Have a listen below to Chris Murphy’s track “Dead Weight” off the album and catch him live this weekend at Der Wolfskopf, starting at 9 PM.
Chris Murphy will be teaching and performing at the annual Elements Gathering in Sequoia National Park July 16 -22, 2015.
MENTOR SPOTLIGHT: Chris Murphy
Celebrating his 3 year of involvement with The Elements Gathering, Violinist /Fiddler/songwriter/composer Chris Murphy is thrilled to be sharing his love of folk, country, jazz and world music with the Elements tribe again this year. Chris is a 25 year veteran of performing original and tradition fiddle music, gypsy jazz, old time, classical and European styles all over the world and is the owner of THE TEAHOUSE COMPANY, a music production company that provides live music for private events, including the 2014 & 2015 Golden Globe Awards.
For The Elements Gathering his year Chris has curated a lovely and enchanting music series for everyone’s enjoyment including :
DEADWOOD: acoustic interpretations of The Grateful Dead, Joel Henry Stein, The Devil’s Box String Band, The Elements Talent Show and House Band and a Kid’s Music Program.
Chris holds a degree in jazz violin performance from New England Conservatory of Music and has released 16 albums of original music. His latest album release, RED MOUNTAIN BLUES, is collection of original Bluegrass, Western swing and old time music and features Tim O’brien on mandolin and Herb Peterson on Banjo.
Chris is active as a music teacher and in 2007 founded his own studio called THE BLACK TREE SCHOOL based in Santa Monica. In addition to teaching violin, mandolin, guitar, voice and music theory, Chris has developed his own unique and powerful curriculum that teaches and promotes the creative process, composition, improvisation and the development of personal style in all musicians .
Chris is also an active outdoors man, a natural horsemanship rider, student of Bushcraft and primitive skills and loves garage sales and flea markets!
Sunday 5/17/15– 10:30-1:30p.m– Ojai Valley In & Spa, Bluegrass Brunch Duo
Wednesday 5/20/15– Finn McCool’s Santa Monica – 9:00p.m-12:00am– The Devil’s Box Trio featuring Rachael Jane
Friday 5/22/15– Ladyface Alehouse- 8:00p.m-11:00p.m – The Devil’s Box Trio
Sunday, 5/24/15 –10:30p.m-1:30p.m– Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Bluegrass Brunch Duo,
Wednesday, 5/27/15– 8:30p.m-11:30p.m, Bill Cheatham’s Open Bluegrass Jam, Finn McCool’s Santa Monica, co-hosted by The Devil’s Box Trio and The Get Down Boys
Friday, 5/29/15–6:00p.m-8:00p.m– Malibu Family Wines, Wine & Roses Trio
Sunday, 5/31/15– 10:30am -1:30p.m– Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Bluegrass Brunch Duo
Friday, 06/05/15– 9:00p.m-12:00am Corrigan’s Irish Pub in Moorpark, CA- The Bracken Band
Tom Moose and Chris Murphy have been serenading a weekly brunch at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Every Sunday from 10:30am to 1:30p.m their enchanting and magical sounds of violin and guitar can be heard and enjoyed. Come enjoy a delicious brunch while your ears are entertained by two of The Teahouse’s fantastic musicians.