Alfred James Goodrich is a composer, cellist, and chemist who currently owns and operates Silvertone Studios, one of the Philadelphia area’s premier recording studios. Most recently, Alfred has completed his most ambitious symphonic work to date, a full-length ballet based on the book, “The Dream Eater” by Christian Garrison. Alfred, along with his cello-driven acoustic rock band, The Alfred James Band, has enjoyed great critical and international success including, five international tours, national TV appearances, and repeat performances at the White House, the United Nations, and Carnegie Hall. Last summer, Alfred was invited to perform his original compositions and arrangements for mass at the Vatican. The Alfred James Band has opened for Marc Cohn, Suzanne Vega, They Might Be Giants, Bruce Hornsby, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among others. Both of the Alfred James Band’s studio albums have achieved great acclaim including five -star cumulative reviews on Amazon. Their most recent album, “Up Up Down Down” was produced by Ian Cross, (Janet Jackson, Usher, Gwen Stefani) and has charted on Indie and Collegiate Radio. In 2014 Alfred was honored by the City Council of Philadelphia with a citation for his contributions to the musical culture of the city. Alfred sat as principal cellist of the Main Line Symphony Orchestra for almost a decade and has composed, performed, and recorded hundreds of string arrangements. In addition to music, Alfred has received a Mellon Fellowship for his studies in chemistry and was a member of the United States Men’s Rowing National Team.
Valerie began studying the violin at the age of four under her mother, Diana, a former student of Dorothy DeLay (of the Julliard School of Music). She continued to foster her innate love for music, acquiring a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music. Currently, she enjoys performing an incredibly wide variety of musical genres and is an active fixture in the Philadelphia music scene and beyond! In addition to an exciting and varied freelance career performing everything from rock to opera, she performs regularly with Avalare Strings, Philadelphia’s own unique crossover rock string quartet, the cello-driven Alfred James Band, and Originaire, an acoustic indie folk trio from Atlantic City, New Jersey. In the recording studio, what began with increasingly frequent requests for string arrangements and recorded string sessions, sparked Valerie’s interest in a very different side of the music industry. Not long after her introduction to studio recording, she made the leap, jumping behind the controls on the recording console instead of the recording booth. Since then, she has quickly become one of Philadelphia’s most highly sought after female audio producers and engineers.