Curriculum Vitae

SUMNER MCKANE
9 Langdon Rd. Wiscasset, Maine 04578
sumner@sumnermckane.com
www.sumnermckane.com
(207) 807.8847

BORN

1976, Damariscotta Maine

EDUCATION
2000-2002- University of Southern Maine, B.A. - History
Graduated as a member of Phi Alpha Theta, History Honors Society
1998-2000- University of Montana
1998- Rocky Mountain School of Photography, Summer Intensive, Missoula, MT.


SUMNER MCKANE/SUMNER MCKANE GROUP- DISCOGRAPHY
Something Very New England About This View, (2010 Heat Death Records, Manchester UK)
What A Great Place To Be (2008)
Two If By Sea (2006)
Night Blooming Cereus (2005)
Closing The Circle- Score (2005)
North, (2004)
Solo Acoustic Guitar (2003)
Streams (2002)
Design (2002)
Pictures For Stories (1997)

ACHIEVEMENTS AS A SOLO ARTIST
2008: "What A Great Place To Be": Record Of The Month on Echoes- a nightly, ambient music show on National Public Radio.
2008 "What A Great Place To Be": 2nd on EchoesTop-20 Essential CDs For 2008; the top-5 on the Echoes Listeners Poll.
2006 Sumner McKane's original music was used to score the documentary: "Our Town"
2005 "Night Blooming Cereus": the top-5 on the Echoes 20 Essential CDs of 2005.
2005 Recorded the score for the award-winning documentary: "Closing The Circle".
2004 release: "North": top-10 on the Echoes top-20 Essential CDs for 2004
-The Sumner McKane Group has been featured 5 times, and have recorded four live concerts for
Echoes.

TOURING EXPERIENCE

2003-current: Perform regionally with the Sumner McKane Group
2004-current: Perform over 100 shows a year- from Maine to Tennessee- with contemporary folk/country artist, Don Campbell
2001-2004: Toured from Maine to Tennessee with country singer, Jenny Paquette
1998-2000: toured the Northwest U.S., playing solo finger-style guitar
1998-2000: toured the Northwest U.S., with Montana-based singer, Amber Marie Alameda
1993-1997: performed throughout New England with prog-rock power trio, Glass Onion

NOTABLE VENUES

-The Grand Ole Opry- Nashville, TN
-Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
-Wild Horse Saloon, Nashville, TN
-The Capital Theater, Wheeling, WV
- Maine Venues: Merrill Auditorium, Cumberland Country Civic Center, Bangor Auditorium, The State Theater, Space Gallery, Stone Mountain Arts Center, LL Bean Concert Series

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES
Opening support for: Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, George Jones, Keith Urban, Charlie Daniels Band, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Gretchen Wilson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Marshal Tucker Band, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Tanya Tucker, Big & Rich, Caspian, Tartufi

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2001-current: Guitar/bass teacher- Buckdancers Choice Music School, Portland, Me
2008-current: Owner and Instructor- Midcoast Guitar School, Wiscasset, Me.

CURRENTLY
The Sumner McKane Group has been performing their live score for the 1920s silent film, "Nanook Of The North". The group recently performed sections from their score for a July 4th feature on National Public Radio's nightly ambient music program, Echoes.

Sumner McKane has been recording for music libraries that provide music for films, television shows, advertising agencies, and multiple forms of media. He has over 50 songs published in music libraries around the world.

Sumner has started creating a multimedia exhibit, essentially a live documentary, that features Maine lumbermen and river drivers in the 19th and early twentieth century. He has also been composing music for a new documentary titled "From The Garden", by Red Door Media. He has scored and created sound design for the Berlin based artist and filmmaker Lucas Zanato; these projects include an advertisement for OOMY.com, and Berlin based HDS-UNIONE. He is currently scoring and editing footage from Ivan Basse's 1938 films of rural South Dakota, to be presented with a live score from the Sumner McKane Group.

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