Heart Failure Research Unit – a listening recommendation

Thanks to Reading Recommendations-promoted author Sharon Clark for telling me about this group of musicians who also just happen to be Research Doctors at the University of Calgary.

From Sharon:
It has been a great privilege for me to work with a group of very bright medical doctors and researchers, some being both. I was always impressed with their medical and scientific expertise, but I was amazed to find out that these individuals also are very talented musicians.

Dustin Anderson wrote and sang the songs in this CD. He obtained a PhD in Neuroscience and is currently a medical resident in Internal Medicine.

Vadim Iablokov obtained his PhD in Gastroenterology and now he too is in medical school. He plays the drums.

Lorrie Matheson – a professional musician and producer – had a variety of roles. He not only played keyboard, bass and guitar, but was also the producer of this CD. He plays in multiple bands, both folk and rock. His latest album “The Night is for Sleepers” was available in 2013.

Dan Muruve, is a doctor and researcher that I am fortunate to work for. He is a nephrologist who also has two research labs – one in basic research studying chronic kidney disease and the other investigating markers in various patient kidney diseases. He plays guitar here.

I also had the good fortune to work with Simon Hirota during his Post-Doctoral studies. Currently he also has his own lab focusing on acute and chronic inflammatory diseases in the gastrointestinal tract. He plays bass on earlier records.

These people have worked hard to become experts in their fields. They balance their demanding careers through their musical creativity, which they hold to the same high standards.

Heart Failure Research Unit

What is your latest release and what type of music is it?
Temporary Dreams is the latest CD. It is alternative rock/folk

Quick description of the music you perform:
We have recorded 3 albums with this current lineup. Our musical influences are diverse and include Hayden, Pavement, Neil Young, The Figgs, The Replacements, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Frank Black, Ryan Adams.

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Your band bio:
We are all medical doctors or research scientists. Heart Failure Research Unit is the brainchild of Calgary’s Dustin Anderson – a prolific songwriter who combines his love of weirdo psych-roots and classic troubadours to make an incredibly engaging indie-folk hybrid. Drawing on his vast life experience, his lyrics are wise and weary, heavy and hopeful, his voice warm and inviting, like your favorite sofa at Grandpa’s cabin.

Links for people to buy your music:
Website

Your promo links:
Website

What are you working on now?
We are planning to make another record in 2016 and have a CD release party this fall.

Please recommend the name of a musician or band whose work you’ve enjoyed hearing lately.
Courtney Barnett

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2 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Susan Toy with a Listening Recommendation.. When a group of doctors are not researching or working to heal patients, they are making music.. which also brings health benefits.

    1. So true, Sally! Thank for reblogging.

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