Live at the Congo

by Water Bear

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Bridget 04:43
JoanNelson 06:39
Timothy 03:49
Brian 05:20
Sarah 04:45
Sebastian 03:21
Dances One 04:32
Ellen 04:47
Tammy 06:36


Recorded in May of 2006 at the First Congregational Church in Ithaca, NY.

"Water Bear is the kind of music that makes you open up and breathe draughts of sunlight until you're filled up with happy" -- Libby Larsen

"Never had much use for composition 'systems' until now, but Mer Boel's "name" method of writing music, in the hands of all the Water Bear folks, seems to blossom beautifully into lovely, charming and engaging music. It's quite interesting too! Thanks for the beautiful sounds. -- Darol Anger

Most of the pieces were inspired by wanting to write music for specific people in my life, and to make each piece truly unique I developed the Name Music mapping system to spell out their names in musical pitches. The series of pitches are used to create melodies, harmonies, or bass lines, or sometimes chords for the piece.


released January 1, 2008

Bridget, JoanNelson, Brian, Sarah, and Dances One were composed by Mer Boel / ASCAP.

Ellen Intro and Ellen Interlude was composed by Mer Boel and Joe Frisino / ASCAP, while the main melody and harmonies of Ellen were composed by Mer Boel / ASCAP.

Timothy composed by Tim Reppert, with harmonies by Mer Boel. Sebastian composed by Bill Cowdery. Tammy composed by Chris White.

Mer Boel and Ben Blechman, violins; Chris White, cello; Nate Richardson, guitar; Bill Cowdery, piano, and Tim Reppert, bass.

Produced by Mer Boel & Tim Reppert
Engineered, mixed & mastered by Tim Reppert, with additional engineering by Nate Richardson

CD design by Pat Burke
All watercolors by Alice Pantaleoni
Photo of band members by David Kaden
Copyright ©℗ 2008 MerBear Adventures ASCAP


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Water Bear Music Ithaca, New York

Water Bear emerged to soothe and engage the weary souls of upstate NY around the turn of the century.

Currently involved in solo projects, the musicians of Water Bear occasionally meet up to create anew. One way or another, the music lives on!
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