The Raven Project
“The Raven Project”, Anna Schaad’s solo debut album, soars with her original compositions as well as joint works with multi-instrumentalist David MacVittie. The project was designed to showcase her custom built electric five string viola, and combines this unique instrument with bouzouki, violin, slide guitar, saxophone, African drums and Highland bagpipes.
Showcased on the BBC’s “Archie Fisher’s Travelling Folk” radio show, “The Raven Project” was featured on an American/Celtic special broadcast on Thanksgiving across Scotland, Ireland, and Northern England. Selections from “The Raven Project” have also been featured on Robin Rilette’s “New Vistas in Music”, Dan Maher’s popular Saturday program “Inland Fold” on NPR, and Fiona Ritchie’s “Thistle and Shamrock”.
“Ms. Schaad’s solo fiddle on “Maria” tells of masterly technique, traditionalism and classical influence. — Victory Music Review. May, 1998
“The Raven Project is a very satisfying CD. (Anna) can pull real emotion out of that custom five-string. — The Every Other Weekly. May, 1998