CMJ 2010 Preview: A Classic Education

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Italian orchestral group gets educated on the classics

The members of A Classic Education have a busy week coming up. In addition to playing seven shows over the course of four days at CMJ, the Bologna, Italy group is planning on recording an album while in town, at Jarvis Taveniere’s Rear House Studios in Brooklyn.

“We really, really like the way he records, and we’re really drawn to the stories we’ve heard about the place,” says singer Jonathan Clancy. “While we’re there, we thought, ‘Let’s just get immersed into the recording.’ We feel it’ll be good for us to be far away and be concentrated on that.”

The Canadian ex-pat says that fans can expect the album to be a departure from the multilayered, lush sounds of the band’s past recordings. “I think at the beginning we were kind of experimenting with really rich arrangements, and in the last six months, we’ve kind of…I wouldn’t say got sick of them, but we’re finding our way, and we don’t want to be like a full, epic orchestral band,” he says. “There’s a lot of bands like that that we love, but we kind of wanted to maybe have just small parts in each song with those elements coming out and try and connect on a more intimate level.”

The change of direction was brought on after A Classic Education recorded a cover of Gilbert Becaud’s “Toi” and rediscovered their love of the style. “When we did that cover, we really sort of figured out,” Clancy says. “I think a lot of times covers can help you sort of figure out where you want to go with the band, and that one really kind of gave us a direction. We really like the simplicity of late ‘50s ballads and stuff like that, so I think we want to be able to try and mix that with something more modern and with more sonic depth.”

You can catch A Classic Education on Oct. 20 at The Delancey, Oct. 21 at Backstage NYC and Trash Bar, Oct. 22 at Cake Shop, Piano’s and The Charleston.

Check out their take on “Toi” below:

A Classic Education – Toi (Gilbert Bécaud cover) from A Classic Education on Vimeo.

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