Adele - When We Were Young (Cover by Jonny Rostamabadi)
With all of these Thursday releases, it got me thinking about my childhood as well as all the memories I've gathered through the years. What sort of things come to mind when you look back on this #tbt? Share a memory in the comments if you want! **I do not own the song/lyrics/melody.** Arrangement, vocals, piano, and recording done by Jonny Rostamabadi (me).
Jonny Rostamabadi - Rocksteady (Marc Broussard Cover)
As we're heading into October shortly (in a few days), I wanted to share a clip from a concert I did in the fall several years ago at my Alma Mater, Berklee College of Music. This particular show was an ambitious undertaking - I wanted to create arrangements of the songs I selected for a mini-orchestra as well as incorporate as many of my musician friends as I could. The concert featured a full rhythm section as well as a mini strings, woodwinds, and brass section, as well as a full group of background singers. I continue aspiring to be able to perform contemporary music - pop, rock, and r&b - with a full (or mini) orchestra, as I love the richness it brings to songs. Someday when I'm playing amphitheaters and arenas, I'll have a tour that does just this!!! Enjoy! "Rocksteady" - Original Song by Marc Broussard Re-Arrangement by Débòrah Pierre and Jonny Rostamabadi "Miles To Go Before I Sleep" Concert. David Friend Recital Hall, Berklee College of Music. Fall 2011. Lead Vocals: Jonny Rostamabadi BG Vocals: Elizabeth Scher, Débòrah Pierre, Hannah Hershman, Sarah Grina, Robert Scott Davis, and Jeremy Matticks Violins: Goeun Park and Chieh Wei Chiu Cello: Stephanie Dye Trumpets: Ismael Balderas Wong and Connor Buckley Trombone: Ben Al-Mateen Flute: Leah Washington Reed 2: Stevan Rexroat Piano: Casey Kidd Guitar: Amy Mantis and Peter Flom Bass: Will Melones Drum Set: Aaron Drescher Percussion: Sarah McDaniel
Camila Cabello - Real Friends (Cover by Jonny Rostamabadi)
But really though, where are all the real folks out there? If you have some in your life, make sure to treasure them And enjoy this cover :) **I do not own the song/lyrics/melody.** Arrangement, vocals, piano, and recording done by Jonny Rostamabadi (me).
Sinead Harnett - Rather Be With You (Cover by Jonny Rostamabadi)
Here's a great song that I really enjoyed making a cover of, originally performed by Sinead Harnett. Have a listen this Thursday evening as August days come to an end! **I do not own the song/lyrics/melody.** Arrangement, vocals, piano, and recording done by Jonny Rostamabadi (me). **Special thanks to Kevin Sariano for helping me with the video recording this time. Follow him on Instagram: @kevin_culhane Also don't forget to like this video and follow me on Instagram/Twitter @JRostamabadi
Sara Bareilles - Bluebird (Cover by Jonny Rostamabadi)
This video holds a very special memory. And it has a story. My late grandmother's birthday was August 18th, so it was the right time to share this. I lost my grandmother in Nov. 2009. She passed while I was a way at Berklee, though I was blessed enough to fly home a month before and spend time with her by her side. After she passed, I dealt with the grief process by trying to be hyperproductive - if I couldn't have a moment to stop and think about her, I wouldn't have to address it. Eventually it caught up to me. This song was one of the songs that always reminded me of her, and it took years for me to be able to sing it, because I would completely unhinge and be a teary eyed mess every time I tried. I finally was able to record it, although even that process drained me. But I wanted to share it, in the month of her birth, to celebrate the joy, love, and life she shared with me and so many others. I hope you enjoy this cover. As always, **I do not own the song/lyrics/melody.** Arrangement, vocals, piano, and recording done by Jonny Rostamabadi (me). Also don't forget to like this video and follow me on Instagram/Twitter @JRostamabadi **Special thanks to Kevin Sariano for helping me with the video recording this time. Follow him on Instagram: @kevin_culhane
Jonny Rostamabadi - Singin In The Rain / Umbrella Cover
Another #tbt for your viewing pleasure. I've been a huge fan of Jamie Cullum's artistry, and when he did a mash-up of an old classic with a Rihanna song, I knew I had to perform it at some point. Here's my take on it, with a group of some of my talented colleagues from the good ol' Berklee days! "Singin' In The Rain / Umbrella" - Original Arrangement by Jamie Cullum. Re-arranged for rhythm section by Jonny Rostamabadi "Back To Basics" Concert. Lawrence and Alma Berk Recital Hall, Berklee College of Music. Spring 2012. Lead Vocals: Jonny Rostamabadi BG Vocals: Jeremy Matticks Piano: Michael Oldham Guitar: Kevin Dempsey Bass: Will Melones Drum Set: Aaron Drescher