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The Sounds of South Hill

Written by Christina Bosilkovski '07

Sam Podell '07, Revi  Roza '09, Mikey Conerty '09 of The Rozatones.

The Ithaca Conservatory of Music was founded in 1892 and later expanded into what we now know as Ithaca College. In a city known for grassroots festivals and spontaneous jam band music, the College routinely turns out top-notch musical talent -- and not just from the music school. IC students are also forming their own bands, setting up their own gigs, and burning up the stage with their original music in Ithaca and beyond.

The Rozatones

During her freshman year, television-radio major Revi Roza ’09 launched the funk, soul, and rock band the Rozatones. The group played its first gig on the IC Square stage. At that point, only lead singer and guitarist Roza and bassist Miles Crettien ’09, an environmental science major, carried the Rozatones name, which Roza admitted was a last-minute idea. “We needed a name for the flyers,” she explains. “It was either that or Hoopie Tutu and the Funktet. Or Heavy Revi and the Thickness.”

Now seven members strong, the Rozatones bring the smooth sounds of songs like “Weapons of Control” and “Stop Right Now” to the local scene. Roza writes most of the lyrics, but everyone contributes to getting the rhythms and horn lines right.

What do they do when they get stuck? “Play it live and see what happens,” says drummer Byard Duncan ’09, a politics and political science double major.

Saxophonist and music major Sam Podell ’07 attributes part of their success to other local musicians. “We all help each other out. We throw gigs to each other, we do each other favors. We help each other be as successful as we can be.”

Their album Tastes So Good was released in late October, and a release party at Castaways with a Syracuse band called Sophistafunk kicked off the occasion. The Rozatones have faith that they’ll keep on rockin' because, as the members agree, “We sell the sizzle with the steak.”

Summer 2008 update: The Rozatones appear on national television!


Anthropology major Evan Friedell ’08 transferred to IC his sophomore year with the intention of getting back together with former high school bandmates Packy Lunn ’07, an OCLD major, and Aaron Gorsch. Adding a fourth member, sound recording technology major Dave Rossi ’09, they formed Jimkata, whose music Friedell describes as “rock with a little reggae vibe and some hip hop influence.” Musical influences include Frank Zappa, Phish, and Talking Heads. The band composes their songs together.

“Usually it’s a musical idea, like a riff or a chord progression,” says Friedell, who is lead vocalist and guitarist. “Lyrics come in last.” The group typically practices three times a week, but Friedell explains, “It’s hard to balance everything because people have work and school. Now we’re playing more often and out of town.” Jimkata plays at local venues like Castaways and the Nines, and more recently, in Albany, Syracuse, and Oneonta.

Friedell said Jimkata tries to inspire a “‘hell yeah’ fun feeling” but also forge an emotional connection with listeners. “I write a lot about hope for better things and change.” As for the future of the band? Lunn says, “I don’t care, as long as we are constantly having fun.”

Igor's Egg

A significantly larger band, Igor’s Egg is composed partly of IC students and partly of local musicians. The progressive rock/funk band boasts seven members, classifying its music as “epic sci-fi progressive (sometimes funky) rock ’n’ roll.”

Igor’s Egg violinist Liz Cary ’06 majored in classical violin performance but found the competitiveness of her chosen field to be daunting. “I was having a lot of doubts,” she says. “I got to the point where I was practicing so hard and never performing, and it was really exciting when I started playing gigs with these guys.” What does Cary appreciate about performing with Igor’s Egg? “You learn how to take more risks as a performer. Having that classical background allows you to pick up any song and just start learning it.”

Igor’s Egg lists Astronon, Frank Zappa, and Pink Floyd among its musical influences.

Ted Rosedale

As a solo artist, Ted Rosedale ’09 released his first album, Home, in November 2006. Rosedale, a business administration major, says his album was originally just a collection of songs that turned into a larger project when he got picked up by New York City–based record label Nest Egg Music as their first artist.

“My music is a flashback to the ’60s and ’70s,” Rosedale says. “But you can hear some newer wave music in it.” Rosedale sings and plays several instruments on his album, including guitar, drums, bass, piano, tambourine, and ukulele.

He lists the Beatles, Eric Clapton, and Pink Floyd among his musical influences. “I like this older music,” he says, “and I want to bring it back. I think there are a lot of kids our age listening to their parents’ music.”

He plays at local venues like the Nines and New York City venues like the Tap Bar. Of Ithaca, Rosedale says, “It’s a college town. So it’s a great testing ground for my music.”


i think it is unfortunate that so many kids today listen to their parents' music.

well dude, you can listen to the corporate crap from today and the other kids can listen to the better music of yesterday

Isn't Nest Egg Music a label that Ted Rosedale's father started to promote his son's music?


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