Jamestown native Sylvie Yannello appears on New York blues artist Mike Muller’s latest release, “Travel On.”
Muller wrote the song in 2011 on the sudden death of his cousin’s teenage son. Yannello reconceived the song as a duet for piano and voice, writing an Allen Toussaint-inspired accompaniment for Muller’s composition. They recorded the song this fall in Long Island City and Manhattan. “Travel On” releases on Muller’s bandcamp.com page on Oct. 13, and sheet music for the duet is available on Yannello’s website.
Muller is a fixture on the New York City blues scene, playing bass locally with stars including Big Ed Sullivan, Arthur Neilson and Joey Kelly, as well as touring internationally. Muller honed his craft in Richmond, Va., clubs and touring the Georgia/Carolinas circuit in the early 1980s before playing with new wave band Single Bullet Theory. In addition to copious blues gigs, Muller also plays bass with anti-folk group Too Many Lauras, as well as composing and producing for various artists including Juilliard-educated German singer Annie Moore. Muller is producing Yannello’s original debut EP due out next year.
Yannello is a professional pianist, drummer and music teacher in Long Island City, Queens. Since 2013 she has served as accompanist and music director at the Rose Academy of Ballet in Forest Hills. Yannello started her musical education in Jamestown, studying piano for 10 years under Helga Hulse. After taking