Forever Is a Doorway
Theheliotropes was born of a need to pull an existing jazz quintet into a more singer-songwriter direction. Songs began to emerge from the unique chord forms singer Katie Chriest was discovering on her Martin guitar. Guitarist Sheldon Peterson was thrilled with painting in the spaces with reverby watercolor washes of sound. The two-voices/two-guitars duo began performing in early 2007, adding the prescient electric upright bassist, David Blaetz and the understated percussion of Alan Chaffee. Katie's heartfelt lyrics, arising from a lifetime of journal writing and travel experiences, as well as a jazz-influenced sensibility in which the musicians LISTEN as they create, soon brought the band a loyal following, and performances at festivals and clubs in and around Erie, Pennsylvania. Their first recording, Forever Is a Doorway, was recorded mostly 'live' in the studio, and fairly accurately represents the way the band sounds in performance.