LAWLER + FADOUL
Zara Lawler flute
Paul J. Fadoul percussion
CLICKABLE: THE ART OF PERSUASION, from the celebrated duo of flutist Zara Lawler and marimbist Paul J. Fadoul, is a concept album, an audio version of a live show that uses theatrical performance and audience participation to convey the many facets of persuasion – from powerful storytelling to coercion, pressure, and manipulation. The album includes commercial jingles, a lullaby, dust jacket texts set to music, a protest song, a serenade, and a spoken-word commentary on social media.
Nowhere is persuasion more ubiquitous than in advertising. The lively tempo of Jingle Without Words nonverbally conveys that our drive towards innovation is also a relentless need for more. It is followed by the first of four Hedonistic Treadmill vignettes, told as a series of commercial breaks. Those pieces, interspersed throughout the album, together exhibit the fleeting happiness that results from chasing bright and shiny new products. The power of persuasion is also captured by the frantic pace of Want It. Need It. Have It, as Lawler’s flute seems to be in pursuit of Fadoul’s marimba, a chase that is musically indicative of our consumer-centric society.
The album also features three dust jacket pieces that touch on the darker sides of persuasion. The bucolic music that accompanies the copy from the dust jacket of Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility belies the presentation of the book’s tale of secrets, greed, and a dark undercurrent of societal pressures. The slightly ominous tone of the music that accompanies both Liars and Power Money Fame Sex typifies the baser sides of human nature.
The spoken word piece Click. Tweet. Like. Repost. is a rendition of a poem by Liza Jessie Peterson, which addresses the paradoxical aspects of social media. Unaccompanied by any instrumentation, the percussive cadence of the poet’s words makes a powerful impact. Common Thread, which closes the album, was recorded live. A singalong with the audience, the track is a perfect example of a means of positive persuasion.
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Track Listing & Credits
|01||Zoom: III. Jingle Without Words (Arr. P. Fadoul)||Lewis Spratlan, arr. Paul Fadoul||Zara Lawler, flute, piccolo, whistle; Paul Fadoul marimba, vibraphone, hi-hat, snare drum, cowbell, granite block, nightingale whistle, tambourine||5:25|
|02||Hedonic Treadmill 1 (Arr. Z. Lawler & P. Fadoul)||Lewis Spratlan, arr. Lawler + Fadoul||Zara Lawler, voice, washboard; Paul Fadoul, voice, marimba||0:33|
|03||Want It. Need It. Have It. (Version for Flute & Marimba)||Adam B. Silverman||Zara Lawler, flute; Paul Fadoul, marimba||9:18|
|04||Hedonic Treadmill 2 (Arr. Z. Lawler & P. Fadoul)||Lewis Spratlan, arr. Lawler + Fadoul||Zara Lawler, voice, washboard; Paul Fadoul, voice, marimba||0:37|
|05||Sense & Sensibility (After G.F. Handel)||George Frideric Handel, arr. Lawler + Fadoul||Zara Lawler, flute, voice; Paul Fadoul guitar, voice; Megan Meyer, voice||2:01|
|06||Liars||Ralph Farris||Zara Lawler flute, voice; Paul Fadoul, marimba, voice; Aine Zimmerman, additional voice||4:41|
|07||Power Money Fame Sex||Jason Nett||Zara Lawler, flute, voice; Paul Fadoul, marimba, cajón, egg shaker||4:39|
|08||Hedonic Treadmill 3 (Arr. Z. Lawler & P. Fadoul)||Lewis Spratlan, arr. Lawler + Fadoul||Zara Lawler, voice; Paul Fadoul, voice, marimba||0:34|
|09||Canyon Echoes: II. Serenade (Arr. Z. Lawler & P. Fadoul)||Katherine Hoover, arr. Lawler + Fadoul||Zara Lawler, flute; Paul Fadoul, marimba, vibraphone||5:15|
|10||Lord, Blow the Moon Out Please (Arr. Z. Lawler & P. Fadoul)||Traditional, arr. Lawler + Fadoul||Zara Lawler, alto flute, voice; Paul Fadoul, vibraphone, cajón||3:29|
|11||Hedonic Treadmill 4 (Arr. Z. Lawler & P. Fadoul)||Lewis Spratlan, arr. Paul Fadoul||Zara Lawler, voice; Paul Fadoul, voice, marimba||0:32|
|12||The Sweet Shop||Ralph Farris||Zara Lawler, banjo, voice; Paul Fadoul, candy shaker, voice||0:51|
|13||Click. Tweet. Like. Repost.||Liza Jessie Peterson, poet||Zara Lawler, voice; Paul Fadoul, voice||5:45|
|14||Common Thread (Live)||Pat Humphries||Zara Lawler, banjo, lead vocals; Paul Fadoul guitar, backing vocals; Bill Spence, hammered dulcimer; George Wilson, bass, backing vocals; Howard Jack, guitar, backing vocals||3:13|
HEDONIC TREADMILL 1
Text by Lawler + Fadoul
SENSE & SENSIBILITY
Text from dust jacket of Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen, adapted and set by Zara Lawler
Text from dust jacket of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart with additional dialog by Ralph Farris1
POWER MONEY FAME SEX
Text from dust jacket of Power Money Fame Sex by Gretchen Craft Rubin2
HEDONIC TREADMILL 3
Text by Lawler + Fadoul
THE SWEET SHOP
Text by Ralph Farris1
Text by Pat Humphries
Jeanne Velonis album Producer, and Session Engineer for tracks 3, 5, 9, 14
Kyle Cassel Session Engineer for tracks 1 – 2, 4, 6 – 8, 11 – 13
Recorded November 21, 2017 and June 19, 2018 at Kaleidoscope Sound in Jersey City NJ, October 21-22, 2017 at Old Songs Community Arts Center in Voorheesville NY
*Track 14 Live Recording
All photos by Julie Lemberger
1The Text of LIARS & Sweet Shop provided by How Far Publishing (ASCAP). Used with permission.
2POWER MONEY FAME SEX by Gretchen Craft Rubin. Copyright © 2000 by Gretchen Craft Rubin. Reprinted with the permission of Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
Lawler + Fadoul would like to thank:
nancy manocherian’s the cell theater
Avaloch Farm Music Institute
Bill and Andy Spence
Our jingle sponsors & Indiegogo supporters, especially:
Kelly Jaime of The Sweet Shop
The Whimsical Bakehouse
Michael and Stephanie Garber
Ava Schacherl-Lam and Juergen Schacherl
Our house concert hosts & our Board of Advisors:
Patrick and Judith Lawler
Phil Smith and Doug Thompson
John and Eileen Lawler
Executive Producer Bob Lord
Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
A&R Quinton Blue
VP, Audio Production Jeff LeRoy
Audio Director Lucas Paquette
VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming
Publicity Patrick Niland, Sara Warner
Lawler + Fadoul
The Canadian-American duo of flutist Zara Lawler and marimbist Paul J. Fadoul, hailed as “a great treat” (Classical WETA, Washington DC), offers audiences an unexpected mélange of classical virtuosity, lively commentary, theatrical flair, and a dose of indie rock sensibility. The duo’s repertoire ranges from delightful arrangements of classics to newly written pieces for their unusual instrumentation. Their debut album, Prelude Cocktail, was called “collaborative artistry at its finest” by I Care If You Listen. Recent highlights include a residency in Western Massachusetts as part of Chamber Music America’s Residency Partnership Program, tours of West Virginia, Michigan, and Ohio, and a New York appearance at Mannes School of Music’s Glassbox Performance Space. In 2016, Lawler + Fadoul incubated and premiered their theatrical concert, Clickable: The Art of Persuasion, at the cell theatre in New York City. Clickable has been performed across the United States.
This album is dedicated to the memory of Katherine Hoover and Bill Spence. Both were instrumental in the creation of Clickable; Katherine as a composer and early viewer of the show, and Bill as a guest performer on our final track. We are sorry they are not here to enjoy the final product, but are so grateful for their contributions.
Clickable: The Art of Persuasion is a concept album, an audio version of a live show that, in addition to the music, uses theatrical performance and audience participation to tell the story of persuasion. Creating a concert, and now an album, this way opened us up to musical sources that are rarely performed in a chamber music setting. The album includes commercial jingles, a lullaby, dust jacket texts set to music, a protest song, a serenade and a spoken-word commentary on social media.
Persuasion is a double-edged sword. At its best, it can take the form of powerful storytelling, an appeal to a person’s emotions or to their sense of justice. At its worst, it is coercion, pressure, manipulation. Our dust jackets touch on the darker sides of persuasion. Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility hints at secrets, greed and a dark undercurrent of societal pressures, and LIARS and Power Money Fame Sex both explore the baser sides of human nature.
The Hedonic Treadmill is told as a series of commercial breaks. Once one market need is met, another must immediately take its place, and the happiness each brings us is fleeting. Lewis Spratlan’s tune conveys that drive toward innovation, but also our relentless need for more.
No treatment of music and words of persuasion would be complete without addressing the paradoxical aspects of social media, the way it sells itself as a place of community and an arena for discussion, but leaves us instead feeling “isolated and silenced,” as Liza Jessie Peterson reminds us in her poem Click. Tweet. Like. Repost.
But Common Thread is the response to this, a step into the light. It is music that leaves us feeling joyful and full, rather than empty and alone. What could possibly be more powerful and more persuasive than a singalong, in real time, and “in real person” to quote Peterson again? We have moved beyond self-interested persuasion and offer instead an invitation based on trust. We’ve found that our audiences have leapt at the chance to sing with us, and it feels healing. We aren’t just creating music together, we are creating a community.
Please read on for details about each piece, and how we made a theatrical and interactive show into an album:
CLICKABLE: The Art of Persuasion [Promo]
Power Money Fame Sex by Jason Nett: Lawler + Fadoul