|Buskin & Batteau|
David Buskin's Bio
The first song I ever submitted was immediately accepted for publication by Lieber and Stoller, giving me the mistaken impression that professional songwriting would be easy.
I've released thirteen albums, either solo, duo or in bands. Currently performing as half of the duo Buskin & Batteau. My previous group, Modern Man, won a New York Nightlife Award and a Bistro Award. I'm currently writing a musical about baby boomers with Jake Holmes. With Robin Batteau I host a show – Radio B&B – on WPKN-FM (and WPKN.org) where we play a wide variety of singers and styles. We are also occasional programmers for Sirius/XM15-The Village. And, for what it's worth, a video to one of my songs – "Jews Don't Camp" - posted recently on YouTube has about 300,000 hits to date.
My songs have been recorded by, among others, Judy Collins, Tom Rush, Peter, Paul & Mary, Johnny Mathis, Astrud Gilberto, Sadao Watanabe, Tracy Nelson, Jane Olivor, Dixie Carter, Pat Benatar, Roberta Flack and Homer the Dog (on Captain Kangaroo).
My jingles were sung by B.B. King, Dianne Schur, John Lee Hooker, Patti Austin, Mel Torme, Vince Gill, Take 6, Marc Cohn, Phoebe Snow, Michael Bolton, Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, Jonatha Brooke, The Neville Brothers and many more. I won a Clio award for "We're NBC – Just watch us now!" (arranged by Berklee alum Rob Mounsey).
I've been profiled in Time and People magazines and been featured on Oprah, The Today Show and Entertainment Tonight.
I've written all kinds of special material in numerous formats for numerous events. My proudest moment in this regard came last year when campers from Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Camp along with Julia Roberts sang my lyrics to open their annual gala at Lincoln Center.
I have conducted workshops and seminars at folk festivals all over the country; at Brown University and The New School; and occasionally for private students.
Robin Batteau 's Bio
Robin Batteau is a Grammy-winning, Emmy-winning, Clio-winning, and Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter-soloist and music producer. Six months out of Harvard, after earning a degree in biochemistry, he was signed to his first record deal with Columbia Records. A dozen CDs later, he’s played his personal style of improvisational violin with everyone from Yo-Yo Ma to Benny Goodman to Bruce Springsteen and has had his songs sung by Whitney Houston, Judy Collins, and Paul Newman, to name a few.
He has created songs for charities and causes from World Hunger Year to Save the Whales to Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign to Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for kids with such things as cancer, sickle-cell, AIDS and thalassemia. He’s heard nice words from the Boston Globe (”Acoustic heaven…”), Time Magazine, People Magazine, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Entertainment Tonight, Mary Hart, Oprah Winfrey, Bonnie Raitt (”Here comes the Love God”), and helped advertising campaigns win nearly 1,000 awards with jingles like “I’m Lovin’ It” for McDonalds, “This is Beer” for Budweiser and “The Heartbeat of America” for Chevrolet.
Robin has taught songwriting classes and given seminars at Yale Law School, at schools in Connecticut, and taught workshops at festivals and NERFA.