San Fermin Interview
San Fermin is the latest musical project of composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone who recently spoke with Morning Mix co-host Joey Spehar about San Fermin's self-titled album. Right out of school at Yale, Ellis Ludwig-Leone has writen and assisted in operas, ballets, feature films and orchestral works with acclaimed Nico Muhly. Ludwig-Leone started a solo project in school and retreated to Canada after graduation to write what would eventually become San Fermin.
The record features 22 musicians including a string player and an entire brass section. Allen Tate, a close friend of Ludwig-Leone, acts as the primary male vocalist on San Fermin while Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius perform the female parts. Since the two girls have recently released their own album and are also on tour, Rae Cassidy fills the spot excellently when San Fermin performs live with eight members.
In the interview with Ellis, Joey brings up how the album reads like a book with the lowest of lows and highest of highs. While each individual song is great on its own, to get the full effect of San Fermin, the album should be listened to in full.
"One of the reasons that I wanted to write it was because I was getting a little numb to new experience and I wanted a call to wake up a little bit. I think that's one of the reasons there's such extreme diversity on the record," says Ludwig-Leone, while claiming he wanted to "...make something as intense as your experience of life in the universe."
While many people are just hearing San Fermin right now, Ellis wrote the album almost two years ago and at this point has the next album almost fully written. The band plays of few of these songs each show to change it up and keep moving forward. San Fermin will be performing at The Warhol Museum this week with special guests Son Lux. More information on San Fermin can be found on their website.