Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show was produced collaboratively with Jean's long-time artistic partner, Liam Robinson (Becca Stevens Band), and mixed by Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco, Anaïs Mitchell). It is a travelogue, relating stories in several languages from her lone journeys through her city and beyond. The eleven songs on the record blossomed from melodies heard outside apartment windows, excerpts from Jean's journals, snippets of poems, and street vendors' cries. Much of the arranging came together through an exploratory process with her 8-piece band, comprised of Richie Barshay, Christopher Tordini, Ilusha Tsinadze, Skye Steele, James Shipp, Rogério Boccato, and Liam Robinson. Physical copies of the album are accompanied by companion essays for each song, enfolded in a custom designed package by Ilusha Tsinadze and Melanie Ida Chopko.
released November 27, 2014
Jean Rohe – mandolin, guitar, lead vocals
Ilusha Tsinadze – acoustic and electric guitars, dobro
Christopher Tordini – acoustic and electric bass
Liam Robinson – accordion, keyboards
Skye Steele – violin
Rogério Boccato – percussion
Richie Barshay – percussion
James Shipp – vibraphone and percussion
And everyone sings.
Ljova Zhurbin – viola on 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11
Dave Eggar – cello on 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11
Tony Hdez – radio announcer on 4
All songs by Jean Rohe
Produced by Jean Rohe & Liam Robinson
String arrangements on “Fisherman”, “Pacific Street”, “Water”, and “O Bright Star” by Liam Robinson.
“Who Shall...” incorporates part of a Russian children's song in translation, “May There Always Be Sunshine (Пусть всегда будет солнце)”.
Field recording in “Umbrella” from Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011.
Recorded by Chris Bittner at Applehead Studios in Saugerties, NY
Additional recording by Oliver Straus at Mission Sound, Brooklyn, NY, and Aaron Nevezie at The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, NY.
Mixed by Todd Sickafoose at Earycanal
Mastering by Alan Douches at West West Side Music
Illustrations by Melanie Chopko
Photo by Jen Painter
Layout and design by Ilusha Tsinadze
Humble gratitude to the bearers of the folk traditions from which I've drawn so much inspiration for this music.
Thank you Liam, Ilusha, Chris, James, Richie, Skye and Rogério for making the music. Your skill, creativity, collaborative spirits, and dear friendship mean the world to me. It's the dream band and so much more: kitchen staff, garden party, event planning agency, entertainment department, legal aid, mental health services.
Thanks to my family for their unwavering love; to Andy and Nicole for providing provisions; to Yggdrasil and its inhabitants for hosting so many rehearsals; to Melissa (and Timor and Marquette) for sharing the war room; to Lizzy for the car loan; to Becca for the No Work guitar; to Tony, Vitor, Rogério, Julia, Ashley, Skye, Jake, and that guy on the train for language help; to Andy, Liam, and James for reading the essays; to Melanie for her keen visual translations and fierce belief in the music; to Nitzan for helping me stay on track with loving nudging and support; to the Blue Mountain Center for the gift of stillness.
Thank you to the venue bookers, radio Djs, concert inventors, and friends who made space for this music to have a life in the world.
Thank you, Ima, for saying yes. This whole process would not have been nearly as good without your help. You show me how to live the life every day.
Thank you, Spilo, for being ever by my side, even when I'm no fun to be beside. You're the real deal and I love you.