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Poi Dog Pondering
Poi Dog Pondering
is an American musical group, noted for its cross-pollination of diverse musical genres, including various forms of acoustic and electronic music. Founded in Hawaii in 1984 by Frank Orrall, initially as a solo project. In 1985 Orrall formed the first line-up of PDP to perform its first concert; at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The band then embarked on a yearlong Street Performance Busking
Busking
tour across North America, eventually settling in Austin, Texas in 1987, where they recorded their first three albums. In 1992, the band relocated, this time to Chicago, Illinois, where they began to incorporate Orchestral arrangements & elements of Electronic, House Music
House Music
and Soul music into their Acoustic Rock style. The membership of Poi Dog Pondering
Poi Dog Pondering
has changed from album to album.

Contents

1 Hawaii / Street performing years; members 2 Austin years; members 3 Early Chicago years; members 4 Mid Chicago years; members 5 Current Poi Dog Pondering
Poi Dog Pondering
Line-up; members 6 Releases

6.1 Early 4 track Cassette albums 6.2 Studio albums 6.3 Other Releases 6.4 Live albums 6.5 Compilations 6.6 DVD Releases

7 References 8 External links

Hawaii / Street performing years; members[edit] During the Hawaii years (1985–1986), the band had the following lineup:

Frank Orrall – Guitar, vocals, marimba, penny whistle Abra Moore – Guitar, vocals, accordion Sean Coffey – Drums John "el John" Nelson – Percussion Kalea Chapman – Guitar, vocals Jean Francois Berneron – Photographer, cook, vocals, recorder Cliff Kamida – Guitar, harmonica Ted Cho – Mandolin, guitar Joe Espinda – Guitar, recording engineer Matt Miller - Bass, vocals

Austin years; members[edit] During the Austin years (1987–1992), the band had the following lineup:

Frank Orrall – guitar, tin flute, drums, vocals Ted Cho – electric guitar, mandolin, bass Dave Max Crawford – organ, trumpet, accordion Darren Hess – drum kit (1991–1992) Bruce Hughes – bass, vocals, guitar John Nelson – congas, maracas, tom-toms, background vocals (1989–1992) Dick Ross – drum kit (1987–1990) Adam Sultan – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals Susan Voelz
Susan Voelz
– violin, guitar, vocals

Additionally, the records featured literally dozens of musicians credited as "Satellite Poi Members". Most prominent amongst these satellite members were vocalists Abra Moore & Malford Milligan, sound artist Ellen Fullman, drummer Sean Coffey and (on their third album) turntable operator Ashton "DJ Cassanova" Irons. Beginning with that third album, 1992's Volo Volo, the band began to experiment with new musical styles, including fully incorporating DJ Cassanova into the line-up. Orrall's emerging interest in dance and house music led the band to relocate to Chicago in 1992, where it developed a loyal local following and was named best band by Chicago magazine in 1997 & "Best Pop and Rock Act" in the 2009 Chicago Readers Poll. Early Chicago years; members[edit] From 1993 to 1999, the band recorded the albums "Pomegranate" & "Natural Thing" and performed live with the following members in the lineup:

Frank Orrall – guitar, vocals Dave Max Crawford – keyboards, clavinet Paul Mertens – sax, clarinet, flute Susan Voelz
Susan Voelz
– violin Dag Juhlin – guitar Eddie Carlson – Bass Brent Olds – bass Tom Ray – Bass Nick Kitsos – Drums Steve Goulding
Steve Goulding
– drums Leddie Garcia – Percussion Arlene Newson – backing vocals Kornell Hargrove – backing vocals Robert Cornelius – backing vocals

Satellite Members

Brigid Murphy – Alto Saxophone Jason More – Berimbau Lloyd Brodnax King – Alto Flute Katherine Pisaro – Oboe

Mid Chicago years; members[edit] From 1999 to 2013, (and for the album releases "In Seed Comes Fruit", "7" and "Audio Love Letter") the band had the following members in the lineup:

Frank Orrall – vocals, guitar, piano, synth. vibes, drums, samples, sequencing Susan Voelz
Susan Voelz
– violin, vocals Paul Mertens – flute, sax, clarinet Leddie Garcia – congas, bongos, ganzas, bells, shakers, various percussion Kornell Hargrove – vocals Ron Hall – bass Rick Gehrenbeck – rhodes electric piano, clavinet, organ, synthesizers Charlette Wortham – vocals Alison Chesley – cello Carla Prather – vocals Tim Gant – piano, synthesizers John "El John" Nelson – Percussion, drums Earl A. Talbot – Drums Dan Leali – Drums

Current Poi Dog Pondering
Poi Dog Pondering
Line-up; members[edit]

Frank Orrall – vocals, guitar, piano, synth. vibes, drums, samples, sequencing Susan Voelz
Susan Voelz
– violin, vocals Dave Max Crawford – organ, piano, trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn, electric piano [Wurlitzer], clavinet, synthesizer, theremin John Nelson – congas, bongos, drums, various percussion Ted Cho – Guitar, Mandolin Dag Juhlin – guitar Kornell Hargrove – vocals Ron Hall – bass Rick Gehrenbeck – rhodes electric piano, clavinet, organ, synthesizers Charlette Wortham – vocals Robert Cornelius – vocals Carla Prather – vocals Ryan Murphy – Drums Paul Mertens – flute, sax, clarinet

Releases[edit] [1] Early 4 track Cassette albums[edit]

Poi Dog Pondering
Poi Dog Pondering
PDP X 1 (1984) Poi Dog Pondering
Poi Dog Pondering
Soliloqui PDP X 2 (1985) 8 Songs by Poi Dog Pondering
Poi Dog Pondering
PDP X 3 (1985) Poi Dog Pondering
Poi Dog Pondering
Dig PDP X 4 (1986)

Studio albums[edit]

Poi Dog Pondering
Poi Dog Pondering
(1989) Wishing Like a Mountain and Thinking Like the Sea (1990) Volo Volo (1992) Pomegranate (1995) Natural Thing (1999) In Seed Comes Fruit (2003) 7 (2008) Audio Love Letter (2011) Everybody's Got A Star (2015)

Other Releases[edit]

Fruitless (EP) (1990) Palm Fabric Orchestra (1994) Electrique Plummagram (Re-Mix Album) (1996) That's the Way Love Is (Re-Mix EP) (1999)

Live albums[edit]

Liquid White Light (1997) Soul Sonic Orchestra (2000) Live at Metro Chicago (4-CD set, paired with DVD release, Dec 21, 2012[2])

Compilations[edit]

Sweeping Up the Cutting Room Floor (2001) The Best of Poi Dog Pondering
Poi Dog Pondering
(The Austin Years) (2005) Sweeping Up the Cutting Room Floor - Volumes 2, 3, and 4 (forthcoming in late 2017)

DVD Releases[edit]

Audio Visivo (2004) Live at Metro Chicago (2 DVD set, paired with CD release, Dec 21, 2012[2])

References[edit]

^ "Data". platetectonicmusic.com.  ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 29, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Official site Discography Their page on Allmusic Poi Dog Pondering
Poi Dog Pondering
group page on FaceBook Poi Dog Pondering
Poi Dog Pondering
MySpace page

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