[Photos by Dominick Mastrangelo]
The Australian singer-songwriter Jo Schornikow is the best-known as the pianist and keyboardist of The Shivers, but she is a lovely singer and performer in her own right (as well as, her website humorously notes, an “internationalist” and a “nice person”). Schornikow opened this NYCTaper-sponsored show at Mercury Lounge to a crowd that included many of her own fans, who watched reverently as Schornikow performed material from her album First Time, Long Time. Her songs have an ageless quality to them, made all the better by Schornikow’s easygoing, friendly stage persona. A trained pianist since early childhood, Schornikow is relatively new to the singer-songwriter-guitarist thing, but you wouldn’t know it from this polished, engaging performance. This was Schornikow’s last U.S. performance for a bit as she will be touring the UK for a bit, and she leaves us eager for her return.
I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 cardioid microphones in the center of the room by the soundboard, along with a soundboard feed. Other than occasionally hearing the door to the bar open and close, it is a flawless recording. Enjoy!
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Stream “What Could Have Been”
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Schoeps MK5 (cardiod, DFC, 7.5ft, PAS)>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz FLAC>Izotope Ozone 5 (various edits to soundboard and audience sources separately)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust levels, mix down)>Audacity (tracking, amplify and balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )
01 I Always Come Back
03 Bird’s Nest
04 Simple Love
05 Will You Miss Me?
06 When You Come Around
07 Serve Love
10 What Could Have Been