Tella is a musician living and working in New York City. Through the years, she has worked with many talented musicians and played in a few bands in and around the city. Before that, she lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In 2010, she and her college bandmates, Sigmund Blue [www.sigmundblue.com] released an album free online. The album was produced digitally by sending tracks back and forth, as the members all live across the country. The band released their third album in 2013, called, "The 8 Deaths of Delphinium Gardner," which is in the style of classic Prog concept albums of the 70s. This is her fourth year to participate in the RPM Challenge. She is looking forward to many Challenges to come.
Nectar from the Milk Lion(2011)
Inspired by the search for the "creative habit," Nectar from the Milk Lion is an aural journey across musical genres and themes. Each piece hints at a greater story of the Lion, which is the common theme, while individual pieces' meanings remain subtle. In her most ambitious work, Tella produces a raw, honest album all done in the span of the one-month RPM Challenge, all in her living room, all by herself.
A cross-genre album celebrating spontaneous ideas and songwriting. There are themes of mortality and sin, frivolity and darkness.
In this, the third installment of the RPM Challenge series, Tella shows that she is just getting started. A more focused, cohesive approach to this collection, the theme deals with the idea of finding happiness in the second of a daydream, or in the sustain of a chord.
Interstice is Tella's fourth RPM Challenge album. This work was inspired by a sense of space. Not necessarily the physicality of a space, but rather the air and energy around and within a space.