When Alfred Goodrich begins to play, listeners know that they are not about to hear your everyday kind of cello. Weaving complex musical ideas around his rich, clear voice, Goodrich creates a sound that draws the listeners in and holds them long after the music has faded. To hear his music is to take a journey into sound, where the limits are explored and the possibilities are endless.
Goodrich began his musical career at an early age, studying cello and performing as a featured soloist with the Philadelphia Boys Choir. In high school, he continued singing with school choirs and taught himself cello, guitar, piano, and bass. As a chemistry student at Connecticut College in New London, CT, he earned the distinction of being principal cellist of the orchestra for four straight years. Goodrich is also the founder of the Connecticut College String Ensemble and the Connecticut College Conn Artists, a co-ed a cappella group. His music theory and composition classes inspired him to begin composing both classical and contemporary works. Goodrich constantly created music of all styles for all of his instruments.
Continuing his classical tradition he joined the Main Line Symphony Orchestra as principal cellist, and in November ‘00 had his solo debut at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia which was quickly follow by his solo debut at Carnegie Hall.
The question of why a classically trained cellist, singer, and composer would choose to make his way in the world of popular music is one Goodrich often hears, even from himself. But he reasons that “popular music is part of everyone’s life. Everyone hears it at some point and people associate parts of their lives with it. Pop music, because it is so widespread, can help people to relate their lives to the lives of others. It gives an artist a chance to make a change, either in music or in everyday life.” Goodrich feels that a challenge of popular music is to reinterpret what has already been done. “It’s taking something from the past and making it new again, and then enticing the listener into bringing pieces of themselves into the music.”
In his own work, Goodrich uses different musical voices and stylings to create his own unique sound. The variety in Goodrich’s music is held together by two common threads: inventive and complex cello and guitar work and richly expressive vocals. “I’m interested in creating musical textures and I compose what I think will make for an intriguing listening experience.”
Goodrich’s ability to take what could be just an ordinary song and give it dimension is crystal clear in his current work. He exposes the listener to new ideas within his unique brand of pop with a twist. Is there a limit to where his music can go? “Nothing is impossible,” says Goodrich, smiling as he states his philosophy. “There’s always a way.”
Valerie began her studies at the age of five under the tutelage of her mother, Diana Vuolo. After high school she continued her studies at the Hartt School of Music with violinist Emlyn Ngai. She has performed in master classes by Pamela Frank, the Miami String Quartet, Anton Miller, and Felicia Muy. During her studies at the Hartt School, Valerie was the recipient of several generous awards including the Louis T. Carabillo Scholarship for Violinists. She graduated with honors from the Hartt School in 2007 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance. Valerie has performed extensively in solo recitals, and has collaborated with the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Boy’s Choir, the Savoy Opera Company, and recording artist Ashton Allen (Livewire).