Splash Press Release (Press Release) – Jul 11, 2011
Rhythm of Mars
Patti Unruh, a classical pianist and Aaron Straub, a virtuoso guitarist met 4 years ago via an odd circumstance. They became friends and realized that they had a lot in common with their musical backgrounds. Patti went to University of Arkansas and University of Oklahoma in the early 709’s on music scholarships. She was a guest pianist for the Tulsa Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra in 1970 and did other venues until started a family in 1980. Aaron on the other hand is a guitar savant who has played in bands and composed an album for the band Without a Whisper in 2006. In September of 2010, they joined forces for the first time and the results were musical magic. Their decision to compose some music for possible soundtracks led them to Recording Engineer, Musician and IndyGo Studio owner Mike Bailey in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Patti and Aaron composed all the songs then returned to Mike for technical recording expertise. Mike also plays all the percussion on each track and the bass on the single “Mestengo” and “Inner Alien”. Now a trio, they have composed and recorded 8 songs together.
The EP title is “Romancing the Snake” with a plethora of singles that grasp the energy, texture and technical excellence of this group. The meaning behind the name of this EP, along with the lead single which bares the same name, describes the way the guitar ‘snakes around’ the piano. This is Rhythm of Mars’ signature sound which is creates a very unique sound. Every one of the tracks on this EP is diverse, layered in sound and in quality which clearly demonstrate the skill behind each member. The arrangements and recordings are outstanding with beautiful fusion of acoustic instruments and electronics.
Initially this “Romancing the Snake” was released with 6 songs. The newest version has 2 additional songs added on. You can call these compositions instrumental rock. I call them genius.
• The single “Rain”, which is an upbeat percussion, overload which signifies the beginning of a rain storm then progresses into harder rain and harder sound, was chosen for a Tribute Album to be released on July 20th through The Pick with Austin Foundation. This is a charity in the memory of a teen guitarist Alan Curley who committed suicide last October. You can go to www.pickwithaustin.com for more details.
• The single “Romancing the Snake” was chosen through Music Xray by Sean Guerrier De Bey for a World Live Music compilation album where proceeds will go to one of the major health charities to be named in the future.
• The single “Forbidden Dance” is currently wanted by a music publisher and for Radio Play on Women of Substance Radio – both found through Music Xray.
At this time, Rhythm of Mars is focusing on licensing and publishing their compositions for film/TV soundtracks along with radio play.
You can listen to and/or purchase their music by logging onto any digital storefront along with the following websites:
Rhythm of Mars is currently working with A & R Select based in West Hollywood, Ca. for licensing, publishing, a record deal and/or placement opportunities. For additional information, please contact them at: