BIOGRAPHY

Alana was born and raised in Woodstock, NY, USA. She took to bass naturally, learning mostly from her father, Ted Orr, with supplemental lessons from Bad Brains bassist, Daryl Jenifer, who considers her his protogé. She picked up the bass at age 16 after having learned to play the drums at age 11, and was playing gigs within the first year of owning a bass. While there in Woodstock, she established herself as a highly sought after bassist in the area, as she devoted all her free time to music and kept herself busy gigging, recording and playing music across the spectrum of genres. It was during this time that she opened for acts such as Vernon Reid, Steppenwolf and Donovan, as well as other notable names and talents. Later, she relocated to Seattle Washington, where she continued to further her development as an artist, seamlessly integrating with the notoriously impenetrable music scene of the Seattle metro area before she was picked up for a world tour in 2006.

Alana's blossoming career has already taken her to festivals, stadiums, theaters and arenas throughout the world where she has played to crowds of upwards of 10,000. She has played with countless famous musicians including George Clinton and members of P-Funk, members of Bad Brains, and numerous others. The Duchess Of Funk, as she came to be known, even got the opportunity to play for Prince at his mansion in LA while in the company of Grammy award winner, Van Hunt and his manager, Randy Jackson (Journey, American Idol). Alana was the touring bassist for Van Hunt throughout Spring/Summer 2006 with whom she has opened for Mary J. Blige, Anthony Hamilton, Heather Headley, The Brand New Heavies, and has appeared on all the major late night television shows including The Late Show With David Letterman, Late Night With Conan O'Brian, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, and The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson as well as CD USA twice and a live broadcast in Paris. With Van Hunt, Alana has played across the United States several times as well as major cities and venues throughout Europe and Japan including the internationally reknowned, Wembly Arena. 

Later, as the bassist for Wind-Up Records Artist, Megan McCauley, Alana appeared on 4 taped episodes of the Steve Wilkos Show and played major venues in the US including the after show at a National League Hockey game in Tampa, FL. 

Around that same time, Alana was also playing bass for the Kristen Capolino Group, with whom she has performed at 6 Flags Great Adventure Theme Park NJ, and other notable venues.
 

Currently, Alana fronts her own band, Orchid as the bassist and lead singer when the band plays live. In addition, the live band usually features a horn section, back-up singers /dancers, guitar, keyboard and drums. Alana composes most of the material for the band and produces most of the songs as well as plays the bass, guitar, vocals, drums and/or programming on most of the recordings.  To learn more about Orchid, click the link in the site navigation column to the left, and make sure to keep an eye out for upcoming tour dates!


EQUIPMENT

• Ernie Ball MusicMan Stingray 5 string bass (custom)

• Jackson 4 string bass

• Ernie Ball bass and guitar strings

• 20' instrument cables made by John Wilson (Seattle, WA)

• Fender 1979 Stratocaster guitar

• Boss RC-20 Loop Station

• Boss Auto Wah

• DOD Envelope Filter

• Boss Limiter Enhancer

• Boss GT-6B Bass Multi-Effects Processor

• Yamaha DTXPRESS IV electronic Drum Kit

click here to see Duchess in the Mesa Boogie catalog


PAST PROJECTS:

(in order from start date)

Bliss Trip (bass - live, recording) 

Valen (bass - live, recording)

Ben Vita (bass - live, recording)

Blue Food (bass - live )

Groove Merchants (bass - sat in live)

Big Sister (bass & backup vox- live shows, recording, radio)

Moxie with Liana Turner (bass & vox - live shows, recording, radio)

Naked (bass, keyboard & vocals - live shows & recording)

Paul McMahon (bass & drums - live shows)

Army Of Love (drums - live shows & recording)

Tamar Haviv (bass - live)

Dr. Nikels (bass & vocals - live shows)

Sativa Diva (bass - live)

George Fletcher & Bourbon Renewal (bass - live shows)

Selena (bass - recording)

Ras-T & Asheber Posse (bass - live shows, radio)

Michelle Duff (bass - recording)

Animal (bass & vocals - live show, recording)

Ouroboros (bass - live, recording)

Soul Pistols (bass - live shows)

Rent-A-Rocker (bass - recording)

Kissing Potion (bass)

Altered States Of Funk (bass - live shows)

Van Hunt (bass & vox - live shows, radio, TV)

P-Funk (bass- sat in live)

Sly & Robbie (vocals - recording)

BLOB (bass - recording)

Bill Bacon (bass - recording)

George Clinton & 420 Funk Mob (bass - recorded live shows)

The Hi Society (bass - live show)

MATH (bass - recording)

Rubyfish (bass)

The Mike Bernier Trio (bass)

NY Funk Alliance (bass recording)

Megan McCauley (bass - live shows & TV)

Ben Davis / Niveah (bass - recording)

Tom Pacheco (bass - recording)

Herbal Nation (bass - live)

Schirmer CasT Orr Bernier (Bass - live shows / recording) 

InPravda (Bass - live, recording) 
 
Kristen Capolino Group (bass, background 
vocals - live shows)
 
Orchid (composition, recording,
performing - bass & vocals)
 
Three (bass - sat in live)
 
Zac Alford & M-Brio (bass - live)
 
JB Tenney Band (bass - live)
 

The Alchemy Unit (bass - live)


Voracious Moth AKA Gartdrumm / Orchid (bass, vocals, etc.)
 
EGO (Eppard / Gartdrumm / Orchid) (live -bass, vocals)
 
Chandler Hurd (bass recording)
 
Kesang Marstrand (bass recording)
 
Eileen (bass - recording)
 
Jason Downs (bass - live) with Ken McGloin, Dean Sharp & Akie Bermiss
 
Fourth Wall Music Collective (bass & vocals - recorded live shows, radio) also fearuring Zach Brock, J.B. Tenney, Chris Gartdrumm, Joey Eppard
 
Michael Robert Todd (bass-recording)
 
Sweet Child (bass, vocals)

Luke Weiler / PMT (bass live & recording)
 
Bernier, Bodie & Orchid (live)
 
Joey Eppard & Friends (feat. Joey Eppard, Billy Riker, Robert "Chicken" Burke, Josh Towers, David Bodie, Brian on keyboard...)
 
Stuart Matthewman  / Paloma (bass recording)
 
Rose Creek (bass)
 
Sin City (bass -sat in- live)

 


INTERVIEWS:

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INFLUENCES

James Brown, P-Funk, 420 Funk Mob, Sly & The Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jamiroquai, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Ohio Players, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Me'shell N'degeocello, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John Zorn, Secret Cheifs 3, Mr. Bungle, Primus, Defunkt, Bad Brains, 90's Alternative and Grunge, The Mars Volta, Macy Grey, DJ Shadow, Theivery Corporation, Bjork, MMW, A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Rage Against The Machine, Busta Rhymes, Ozo Matli, Del The Funkee Homosapien, Sting & The Police, Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, DreamTheater, Mahavishnu Orchestra,  Band Of Gypsies,

And so many more...

Bass Players

Flea, Les Claypool, Bootsy Collins, Larry Graham, Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, James Jamerson, Tony Levin, Lige Curry, Billy "Bass" Nelson, Rodney "Skeet" Curtis, Daryll Jenifer, Kim Clarke, Stuart Zender, Robbie Shakespeare... and the list grows longer...