QUAERY is a new project from longtime music collaborators Erik Schee and Scott Christopher. With their first release, Until the Sun Stopped Glowing, Erik and Scott draw from their background in folk and pop songwriting while exploring new sounds influenced by contemporary R&B and indie trends. The live manifestation of QUAERY’s sound is rooted in Erik and Scott’s collective skill sets as multi-instrumentalists. Story-driven lyrics are accompanied by immersive arrangements full of washy guitars, synthesized percussion, heavy 808 bass, and carefully crafted keyboard sounds. QUAERY’s sound is a careful choreography of all of these elements and offers listeners a unique live-performance experience thoughtfully recorded by these two talented musicians.
Erik and Scott began their collaboration in the Minneapolis-based indie folk group, The Paper Days. In their former band, they explored their passion for songwriting, became a staple of the local music scene, and made regular appearances at venues such as The Icehouse, 7th St Entry, and Aster Cafe. The band released its debut album Falling Is Easy, which received radio play on The Current, Go 96.3, and KFAI. In its final project as a band, The Paper Days collaborated with the University of Minnesota’s music program to compose Maycomb, a three-movement suite for rock band and wind ensemble. They debuted this work to an enthusiastic full house at UMN’s Tedd Mann Concert Hall.
Outside of their original-music projects, Erik and Scott are both full-time music educators. Erik is a drum set and percussion faculty member at MacPhail Center for Music. He teaches students of all ages and abilities in one-on-one settings as well as in group settings via the various ensembles he oversees. These include jazz combos, rock bands, percussion ensembles and youth orchestras. Scott is an instructor at Daniel’s Music Foundation, an organization that serves musicians with disabilities. Through his work, Scott has led student ensembles to perform at Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, Symphony Space New York, and many more. Scott’s primary area of focus at Daniel’s Music is helping young writers with disabilities find their voices through original music.