Liberty Awaits You
Liberty Awaits is the 2nd Studio album by The Trouble Notes set to release in November 2022. The album is an exploration of world folk styles and an attempt to further investigate the complex nuances of the rich cultural fabric of our world. As a central theme, the band drew influence from different stories of cross-cultural integration due to current and historical migration of people across land and sea. Liberty Awaits is a vast expansion of their repertoire, an introduction of new instruments and melodic voices on top of a stable foundation for which the group has become internationally known over nearly a decade. These songs are rich in emotion and spirit, they have a mature depth to them juxtaposed by their playful nature.
Who are The Trouble Notes?
Sitting somewhere between traditional folk, modern classical, and tribal dance music, The Trouble Notes have traveled their way across continents in search of musical influences. The band has proudly built its multifarious audience independently – known colloquially as “The Troublemakers”- a testament to their self-made success story that has led to major festival appearances, multiple film scores and an extensive tour schedule spanning the globe.
The core of the band consists of violinist Bennet Cerven, guitarist Florian Eisenschmidt, and percussionist Oliver Maguire. Bennet began his training as a classical violinist at 4 years old, performing in orchestras and winning soloist competitions in his youth. After graduating University, he had a brief career working in Wall Street before leaving New York City for Europe fueled by the vision of The Trouble Notes. Bennet would meet Oliver in London in the summer of 2013, and their musical bond has held since the day they met. After an extended stint in London, they moved to Berlin where Florian joined to make them whole.
In 2017 a series of videos of the band performing on the streets in France and Germany went certified viral, amassing more than 100 million views on social media and bringing them international notoriety. They recorded their debut album Lose Your Ties at Riverside Studios in Berlin, Germany working with Lebanese producer Khalil Chahine. The album was released in February 2018 and peaked in the top 10 of the iTunes charts for their genre in France, Germany and the USA. Their music has featured in award-winning films and documentaries, and their headline Lose Your Ties tour featured sold out concerts in Europe and North America. They have performed live on television in the USA, Japan, Brazil, Germany and France. In 2019, they toured supporting Rodrigo y Gabriela as a part of their Grammy Award winning Mettavolution tour.
Trouble by the Numbers
- Spotify – 25k average monthly listeners for past 3 years.
- Facebook – 197k Page Followers
- YouTube – 1m yearly channel views
- Instagram – 20k Page Followers
- Streaming – 1m+ yearly catalogue streams
- Touring – 60+ concerts per year in EU/North America
Liberty Awaits as a whole features a deep repertoire that can be characterized as folk fusion. Each composition on the album tells a specific story about a character or place that connects different cultures. In addition to the core of the band, the album features tracks with prodigious Ecuadorian singer Carola Zerega, French pianist Freddy Dubois, and Belgian bassist Olivier van Betsbrugge.
The title track, Liberty Awaits, is an epic mixture of genre that details the story of Bennet’s Irish ancestors’ journey across the Atlantic in search for a better life after the infamous potato famine. Sands of Time details a trans-cultural travel from the Middle East to an Amazonian oasis. Mayahuel, tells the story of a Mexican goddess who traveled across the sea with her Agave plant to Belgium to fuse with the local brewing traditions. Turkish Delight is inspired by the popular Turkish psychedelic rock of the 1970’s with a modern indie-rock twist. Never Dream Alone is the fantastic story of the mystical kingdom of Elfia, where people come each year to escape reality and imagine a new world of magic and wonder. Pearl d’Alsace is a dedication to the city of Strasbourg and its importance to the band. Tihany Tanc pays homage to the great Hungarian czardas composers who inspired Bennet’s love for folk music. Magnolias was written for a women’s art collective in Kortrijk, Belgium, with whom the band collaborated with throughout their residency there. The Banjolorian was written during our extensive travels in the Louisiana Bayou, and fuses popular Hip-Hop beats with Americana Folk instrumentation. Forbidden Love tells the dramatic story of two characters from different cultures who fall in love, ending in a blissful climactic resolution. Chips y Salsa is a mixture of Latin salsa and European folk music that keeps the listener’s hands clapping and feet moving throughout the entire song.
1. Liberty Awaits - Live Performance
This is a video of a demo performance of Liberty Awaits, the title track from the Album. The album recording of the song has a massive sound, depicting the origin story of Bennet’s family fleeing famished Ireland for the shores of America in the 19th Century. The track begins as a dialogue between the band and a siren, who calls to them from across the shores. A traditional inspired Irish Folk dance begins, signaling the last celebration before the perilous journey. The band uses looped instruments to create a massive soundscape, adding to the emotional depth of a trans-Atlantic voyage. In the song’s final act of resolution, the listener arrives in the New World, bringing about the culture from far away lands and enriching the local culture of their new home.
This video represents an example of how the song will be performed to a live audience. There is a broad depth of instruments live looped to create a soundscape, giving way for harrowing violin and Carola’s transcending vocals to transport the listener across the vast ocean…
6. Sands of Time - Live at TRACK
This video is of a live performance of Sands of Time and an example of how one of the songs from the album is to be performed to an audience. The song is a fusion of style, mixing middle eastern and Iberian rhythms with more traditional tribal folk. Throughout the composition, the listener is taken on a journey, from the sands of north Africa into a jungle oasis of sound. The power vocals and playful melodies of Carola accent the juxtaposition of two worlds as they melt together bringing the audience on a cross-cultural voyage.
La Sarriette - Live performance
Another example of a live performance from a new composition, this video illustrates the playful yet mature nature of the group. The song is called “La Sarriette”, which is the name of a famous herb from the region of southern France and has become synonymous with “savory”. Written during our extensive travels in the Provence region of France, this performance features a unique Octave Violin created by Peter Volkmer. Much like the region, the composition is an intersection of Mediterranean styles which have fused together to create something unique of its own.