Chris Murphy & Teahouse Co. in Westside Today Newspaper

Need the Perfect Band for a Party or Wedding?Teahouse Music Company Offers Endless Options

by Corina Munn

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For those itching to listen to music in its rawest form by a group of genuinely passionate performers, look no further than the Teahouse Music Company. Designed to be a boutique music booking agency that offers a range of different genres, the company specializes in instrument-centric performances, highlighting styles ranging from jazz to bluegrass to classical to Irish music.

The performers within the Teahouse Music Company remind their audiences of the beauty and simplicity of classic musical instruments.

“I call myself a modern-day minstrel,” explained Chris Murphy, president and lead musician of the Teahouse Music Company. “I give you the equivalent of what’s been going on for thousands of years: I, along with band members, go to various events and serenade audiences with violin music, much of which I wrote and composed myself.”

With a violin and a PA system in the back of a 2003 Honda Odyssey minivan, Murphy travels from venue to venue epitomizing the organic way of playing and performing music.

The Teahouse band members specialize in string-oriented instruments, such as the guitar, bass, and mandolin, as well as percussion and vocals.

“It’s interesting that in today’s modern world, with all of this digitally generated information, the artistry of being a minstrel is still alive and well,” Murphy said.

With an emphasis on providing pure high-quality music, the Teahouse performers are split into bands amongst themselves according to the kind of ceremony that they are playing for. The musicians are grouped by the genre they mesh best with.

“I pick my musicians based on their reliability, originality, and musicality,” Murphy said. “We have six bands on the Teahouse Company roster. Each one has a different focus.”

For example, the two jazz bands include the Blind Blakes – a group known to harmoniously blend jazz, blues, and swing – and the Wine and Roses Band – a “hipster jazz band” that can incorporate rock, pop, and even Latin musical styles.

As for classical music, the Black Canary Strings are known to fuse the elements of power and drama into their performances. Teahouse solo musicians are available as well and are able to perform both with acoustic and/or electric instruments.

For bluegrass fans, the musical options include the Devil’s Box (bluegrass, country and folk) and the Silver Mountain String Band (bluegrass, folk, and Cajun spice).

Lastly, those who prefer more unique or exotic musical stylings can explore the World Music band options, with the Bracken Band (traditional Irish) and Sora Nova (Flamenco, Tango, Bossa Nova, Italian, Middle Eastern, and more) as well-rounded choices.

“We take the flavor of all of these style sand make them our own,” Murphy said. “We are always improvising and changing the music, reacting to whatever situation we’re in.”

With such a variety of music to choose from, it’s no wonder that the Teahouse Music Company seems to have no limits when it comes to the type of event they are open to performing at.

“We’ve done all sorts of gigs, from weddings to dedications to square dancing to even spiritual wakes,” Murphy said. “We’ve been everywhere from San Diego to San Francisco.”

Murphy said that due to such expansive capabilities of the music company, Teahouse is able to “musically cater” to its audiences.

“There’s going to be a major difference in what’s musically appropriate at a bright, sunny wedding versus a late night bar,” Murphy said. “Our music is very adaptable.”

The Teahouse Music Company has also had its share of opportunities at high-profile events, such as playing for Jennifer Lopez’s birthday party or performing at Kevin Costner’s residence. Other noteworthy clients include celebrities like Robert Downey, Jr. and Ellen DeGeneres as well as large venues like the Four Seasons Hotels and the Getty Museum. Recently, Murphy played violin at the 2014-2015 Golden Globe Awards.

More important to Murphy than all of the accolades, however, is the role and value of music at every life event.

“Music does more to the atmosphere and the mood than any other factor does,” Murphy said. “I can’t encourage people enough to have live musicians at an event. It adds life to the event.”

Murphy has been playing music for a living for 25 years.

“When they hear our music playing, I want people to be captivated,” Murphy said. “We’re in the business of enchanting people.”

The Teahouse Music Company prices its packages based on factors including equipment, venue, travel time, and setup.

For more information, call 310.651.8913 or visit teahouseco.com.

 

http://westsidetoday.com/2015/03/06/need-the-perfect-band-for-a-party-or-wedding-teahouse-music-company-offers-endless-options/

Chris Murphy & The Devil’s Box at Finn McCool’s

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Chris Murphy & The Devil’s Box String Band will be at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub in Santa Monica every Wednesday night from 9:00p.m-12:00am.  There is no cover for this event. Come grab a pint and listen to the musical styling of this bluegrass and gypsy jazz band.

//2702 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA//

Chris Murphy & Sora Nova at Sadie Kitchen – Tuesday June 17th

TUESDAY – JUNE 17th, 2014

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CHRIS MURPHY & SORA NOVA
Italian, French, Latin and Middle Eastern Music
Live at SADIE KITCHEN & LOUNGE
Chris Murphy – Violin
Tom Moose – Guitar
Tim Emmons – Bass
7pm-9pm
1638 N Las Palmas Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 467-0200
www.sadiela.com
Admission: FREE
Join us for dinner, late night sipping and music in one of Hollywood’s largest indoor/outdoor venues.

Sora Nova performs rich, exotic and sultry melodies and rhythms of world music. Latin rumbas, French gavottes, Greek island tremolos and Italian tarantellas mingle with burning gypsy violin, Flamenco and mysterious palm tree tangos. Sora Nova’s traditional world music unfolds like a film score – charming, lively and enchanting – taking you on a trip around the world.

Chris Murphy & Sora Nova at Sadie Kitchen, Tuesday May 20th

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TUESDAY, MAY 20th

CHRIS MURPHY & SORA NOVA
Italian, French, Latin and Middle Eastern Music
Live at SADIE KITCHEN & LOUNGE
Chris Murphy – Violin
Tom Moose – Guitar
Tim Emmons – Bass
7pm-9pm
1638 N Las Palmas Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 467-0200
www.sadiela.com
Admission: FREE
Join us for dinner, late night sipping and music in one of Hollywood’s largest indoor/outdoor venues.

Sora Nova performs rich, exotic and sultry melodies and rhythms of world music. Latin rumbas, French gavottes, Greek island tremolos and Italian tarantellas mingle with burning gypsy violin, Flamenco and mysterious palm tree tangos. Sora Nova’s traditional world music unfolds like a film score – charming, lively and enchanting – taking you on a trip around the world.

Chris Murphy & The Blind Blakes. Tuesday, May 6th at The Thirsty Crow

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Live at The Thirsty Crow
Tuesday, May 6th.
2939 Sunset Blvd,  Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone:(323) 661-6007
Time: 9:30pm
Admission: FREE

The Blind Blakes blend jazz, swing and blues, film noir soundtracks, big top circus music, Havana bar serenades and gypsy campfire fiddle. Find yourself stopping for drinks at the sexy bordellos of New Orleans in the early twentieth century, the greasy juke joints of Chicago, the voodoo gambler riverboats of Mississippi, the smoky saloons of jazzy Harlem and Parisian gypsy jazz hot clubs at last call.

Stop by and say ‘hi’.

The Teahouse Company Newsletter, Vol. 17

Hello friends. Here’s some news on our music company, The Teahouse. Check out our newsletter, click below. I’ll be releasing a six album violin collection this summer. All original songs and instrumentals in the bluegrass, Irish, Jazz, ethnic and classical styles.

The Teahouse Company Newsletter, Vol. 17

Lost Town : 2014 Documentary

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Chris Murphy collaborated with Joey Peters to create the soundtrack for the 2014 documentary, Lost Town. Murphy and Peters will perform at the movie opening in Beverly Hills next week on April 28.

More about the movie on IMDB

Celebrate the first day of Spring!

March 20th – The Bracken Band

The Bracken Band will perform at Genghis Cohen’s on the first day of Spring (the 20th of March) during the venue’s monthly songwriter event, “Under the Influence.” Each month, the event showcases the best of LA songwriters as they honor the artists that inspire them. Each act performs a cover song by the chosen artist (Van Morrison is featured this time), followed by two original songs of their own.

$10 / 7:30p

740 N Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, California

323.653.0640

Salvage Bar and Lounge:

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Shout out to Salvage Bar and Lounge in the heart of the Financial District in Downtown Los Angeles. Salvage’s interior elements creatively intertwine modern design elements with fixtures and materials left behind from the original construction of the building.

Mingle on their outdoor chateau, sit amidst timeless remnants of the 1920s in the main room and coalesce on the palatial ballroom as rounds of cocktails permeate the bar.

Chris Murphy and The Devil’s Box perform live at Salvage this Sunday!

717 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 688-7755

The 2014 Golden Globe Awards

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This is a photo of Chris Murphy at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards.