Chris Lynch : Violin/Keys Marty O'Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra
I am a violinist and composer from Santa Cruz, CA. I usually find myself striking a balance between performing and recording with Marty O'Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra and then coming home to compose music for film, dance, and other projects.
On stage I like to bounce around and weave a collage of experimental effected violin into the Old Soul Orchestra. Inspired by blues, gypsy jazz, psych rock and classical music - the violin dances between scales and modes often painting melodies on top of heavy grooves. I really don't stick to fiddle traditions but instead like to find my own textures and voice.
Solo compositions often include layers of harmonized violin mixed with synthesizer soundscapes. I have a synth addiction which luckily pairs well with strings and vintage keys. Over the years I have been getting more and more efficient with film scoring tools at home and really love the process. The list of film and dance productions I have helped shape sound for is becoming a long one. This has also led to writing string arrangements and recording/producing layers for other projects that want to add some candy to their songs.
Other bands I have toured with and performed with at some time include Shook Twins, The Brothers Comatose, Audiafauna, Byron Space Circus, Album Leaf and Wireless Lovebird.