Birds In Flight CD Release Recap

The Teaching at Triple Door by Shasta Bree Photography

Last Sunday, May 4th The Teaching released our 4th full-length CD to a Sold-Out room of excited listeners at Triple Door in Seattle, WA. The evening was truly a memorable & heart-connecting night that we’ll never forget. We thank all of you who were able to come out and celebrate so many incredible moments including our GRAMMY Nomination in January, the release of our newest Live Album ‘Birds In Flight’, and of course the recent arrival of Josh’s daughter Freja (who was also in attendance with the Rawlings Family that evening). To say we were overflowing with joy would be an understatement – we were in total bliss giving hugs and just connecting with so many lovely people with our music that night!

Many of The Teaching’s fans also commented on how much they enjoyed the opening set by visual musician Jessie Sawyers. She tapped, clapped, rocked out on her Ukelele, and had the audience clapping and singing along as well. Jessie truly did a remarkable job warming up the stage that night and we even had a blast getting a chance to jam with her at the very end of the night on Evan’s signature tune ‘Apex of a Beautiful Day‘ (video of that performance highlight coming soon).

With the help of dear friends and supporters the night was a complete Sell-Out with nearly 300 people there and the entire performance went off without a hitch. We’re also happy to share that we had professional video and photography documenting the entire performance that evening. We look forward to releasing high-quality video footage from the show and below is a handful of excellent photos from the night.

Triple Door Sign from The Teaching's May 4th CD ReleaseJessie Sawyers at The Teaching's May 4th CD ReleaseWe Believe picture of The Teaching's May 4th CD ReleaseJosh Rawlings at The Teaching's May 4th CD ReleaseEvan Flory-Barnes at The Teaching's May 4th CD ReleaseJeremy Jones at The Teaching's May 4th CD ReleaseEvan Flory-Barnes & Jeremy Jones at The Teaching's May 4th CD ReleaseJosh Rawlings getting hyped singing at May 4th CD ReleaseJosh Rawlings playing Ukelel at The Teaching's May 4th CD ReleaseJosh, Jessie and Evan playing encore song at May 4th CD ReleaseJosh, Jessie, Evan and Jeremy taking a bow at May 4th CD Release

With the May 4th CD Release show behind us now, we’re very thrilled to officially announce that ‘Birds In Flight’ is now available to buy (along with the rest of our Physical & Digital Albums).

For a Physical copy of ‘Birds In Flight’ please visit: http://kunaki.com/MSales.asp?PublisherId=120517&PP=1

For a Digital copy of ‘Birds In Flight’ please visit: http://theteaching.bandcamp.com/

Note: There’s certainly other places you can pick up physical & digital copies of our album online including iTunes, CD Baby, etc., but we prefer the sites above because they provide a much better payout (in other words – more of your purchase goes to support us). Thank you for your support and to those of you who decide to share our music with your friends and family…we sincerely appreciate your help!

For a full list of merchandise we have for sale – please visit our newly updated merch page here: http://theteachingmusic.com/buy

There’s some really exciting things on the horizon that we can’t wait to share with you all soon, and looking back at our CD Release show leaves us feeling so blessed and inspired to keep this new momentum and energy going! The experience on May 4th completely blew our expectations out of the water and showed us how many of you still believe in our band, our music, our mission…to uplift the human spirit by making beautiful / healing music. Please stay in touch with us – we’d love for you to share any performance ideas, recording opportunities and connections you feel may be fun to let us know about.


Special thanks to…

~ Michael Smith for being our stage production & show assistant throughout the day.

~ Ben Rapson & Manisha Soneji for helping with merchandise sales for both Jessie Sawyers & The Teaching.

~ The Rawlings Family, Sawyers Family, Jones Family & Flory-Barnes Family for attending that evening and for all the love and support leading up to this performance.

~ Nicolas Teeuwen for capturing video, photos & audio from our performance that night.

~ Shasta Bree Photography & Hannah Lea for their beautiful photos.

~ Jason Parker for MC’ing the show and sharing such kind words about our music and history together.

~ Ian Campbell for mastering our album, and for helping with setup, merchandise, tear-down, and assisting with a variety of things on show-day.

~ Leslie Weber for the graphic design of our album, we love your work.

~ Scott Giampino (Booking), Schraepfer Harvey (Production Manager), Mike Klay (Web), Christian Heilman  (Sound), Josh (Lighting) and the entire Triple Door staff & crew – THANK YOU! You made our night a complete success and allowed us to realize our vision putting on this performance at such a stellar performance space in Seattle. We love the Triple Door!

~ Radha Mehta for her video footage of The Teaching’s experience at the GRAMMY Awards.

~ Matt Hebermehl for the Birds in Flight artwork, inspiration and Birds & Loops Animation.

~ Huge, Huge, HUGE Thanks to Jessie Sawyers and VIMM Productions for all of the incredible work done to promote, organize, produce and pretty much make this show a reality! You rock beyond words – beyond the thickest layer of Bedrock – you simply are awesome! Thank you for all you do and share with our beloved city!

~ And last, but not least — to all our Friends, Family & Fans who came out (or tried to come out – don’t worry we’ll put on more shows) and filled the Triple Door with so much love – we can’t thank you enough for your support! We were so happy to play to a full-room with such exciting and good-feeling energy – we know the Triple Door staff & crew were impressed and with that we have a stronger relationship to do another awesome show like this at the venue in the future. THANK YOU!

~ For anyone we may have forgotten – YOU MOST DEFINITELY ROCK as well 😉 Thank you!

‘Birds In Flight’ CD Release at Triple Door Mainstage

May 4th, 2014 The Teaching CD Release at Triple Door poster

The Teaching is absolutely thrilled to announce our upcoming show at Triple Door Mainstage this coming Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at 6:30pm. This show marks not only our first show as a group in over a year, but also a sort of post-GRAMMY® Celebration / ‘Birds In Flight‘ CD Release concert all wrapped up into one mega awesome show! We’re also so glad our fellow musician, tap-dancer extraordinaire and dear friend Jessie Sawyers will be joining us as our special opener for the evening. This show is going to be something truly special and we want you there to be a part of it.

About Jessie Sawyers:

Jessie Sawyers Photo 3

Jessie is a visual musician, educator, leader, and force of positivity. Her life’s work involves the practice of living from a space of love, kindness, and gratitude.  Her personal struggles, including over 23 surgeries as a child, have taught her what a gift it is to be alive, and she is committed to uplifting others through her creative pursuits.  Her first love is tap dance, which she began at the age of 11 under the guidance of Ginger Roberts, Cheryl Johnson, and Anthony Peters in Seattle, as well as at festivals with the late tap greats Cholly Atkins, Harold Cromer, Gregory Hines, Fayard Nicholas, LaVaughn Robinson, Jimmy Slyde, and Prince Spencer.

As a performer, Jessie has been working professionally for 15 years, the first seven of which were filled with commercials and appearances as the Seattle seafood chain Ivar’s tap dancing clam mascot.  While she is based out of Seattle, tap has taken her around the country and internationally to Vancouver, Toronto, Greece, London, and soon-to-be 13 new countries this fall during her Visual Music World Tour.  Jessie has had the pleasure of working with Savion Glover, Mark Mendonca, Travis Knights, Seattle-based band The Teaching, and as an assistant to Dianne Walker.  Over the years, Jessie’s pursuits have expanded to include singing, playing the ukulele, illustrating, and motivational writings.

About Bird’s In Flight:

Birds In Flight Bird Artwork by Matt HebermehlThis album will be our 4th Physical Release and our 3rd Live Album. It was recorded live at the Triple Door during our performance at the 2010 Earshot Jazz Festival and contains music inspired from our time hosting ‘The Hang’ jam session in Seattle, as well as the artwork and personal time spent with our dear friend Matt Hebermehl. The album artwork over the past 3 albums and this forthcoming CD contain the original work by artist Matt Hebermehl and this album was specifically titled with inspiration from his recent Art Installation at the Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, GA. His art is a unique blend of Street Graffiti styling’s and Tribal Art like influences. The installation of ‘Birds In Flight’ had a very beautiful youthful & joyful quality to it that resonated with us and inspired some great music and experiences during our visit to Savannah. Matt’s artwork is for sale and he may be in attendance for our performance on May 4th.Birds In Flight Circle Artwork by Matt Hebermehl

About The Performance on May 4th:

As mentioned above this performance marks a celebration of a lot of things, but most importantly this show is about bringing together the wonderful friends, family & fans that have supported us throughout our 7 years as a group, which undoubtedly set us on the course that led us to the GRAMMY® Awards this past January. Certainly, our hard work as musicians and efforts to create a powerful interconnectedness in the Seattle Artistic Community via ‘The Hang’ had a large impact as well, but it takes an army – a community – a synergy. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis wouldn’t have been able to reach the level they have if our beloved community didn’t help support. So, this night is as much a way to say THANK YOU for all the years of love and support to get us to where we’ve been and where we are now. We’re so proud to bear the “Grammy Nominee” title next to our name now and to have contributed to this multi-GRAMMY® winning album that Seattle can claim along with the Super Bowl Title. It’s been quite a start to 2014 and we’re not done yet! We look forward to seeing you on May 4th at the Triple Door!

Details for the Show:

VIMM Productions Presents:

Sunday, May 4th at 6:30pm | Triple Door

The Teaching CD Release for ‘Birds In Flight’ and Post-GRAMMY® Celebration
with Visual Musician, Jessie Sawyers

Doors open at 5:00pm
Show starts at 6:30pm

$15 adv // $18 day of
$3 off children under 18

Triple Door
216 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101

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– Reservations Highly Recommend –
Call (206) 838-4333 or reserve tickets online at www.tripledoor.com


Press Release & Official Poster

The Teaching May 4 Official Press Release The Teaching May 4th Poster

You’re Invited!
The Teaching’s Official Video Invite to our Concert Sunday, May 4th at the Triple Door