What happens when you combine two outstanding members of the world-class
St. Louis Symphony with two of the city's finest jazz musicians from the Erin
Bode Group? You get The 442's, an exciting new acoustic instrumental quartet
named for the modern standard tuning of 442 Hz! Brought together by the
innovative and inspired compositions of Adam Maness, who also plays guitar,
accordion, melodica and glockenspiel in the group, The 442's features Shawn
Weil on violin, Bjorn Ranheim on cello and Sydney Rodway on bass.
This unique collaboration, formed in the spring of 2012 by a tight-knit group
whose love of good food and fine beer makes rehearsals feel like dinner parties,
combines outstanding musicianship, group singing, inventive improvisation,
whistle solos and special guest appearances by famed jazz vocalist, Erin Bode.
Exploring the boundaries of jazz, classical, folk and rock music, their music can
move you to the edge of your seat or comfort you like a lullaby, all within the
Originally inspired by the Grammy Award Winning album, The Goat Rodeo
Sessions - a collaborative album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and
Chris Thile - The 442's were born of a common musical inquisitiveness and a
search for new and exciting musical possibilities. Their search already has taken
them to venues as varied as Powell Symphony Hall, Cyrano's Cafe, and the
Tavern of Fine Arts. Coming months will find them gaining even more visibility
at other venues throughout the St. Louis area.
Mouse over the images below to learn more about the members of The 442s.
Adam Maness began playing piano as a ten-year old and by age 16 was playing
professionally with some of St. Louis's most well known jazz musicians - Willie
Akins, Freddie Washington and Rob Block. After high school he moved to New
York City and studied piano performance at the Jazz and Contemporary Music
program at the New School University. In 2004 he began collaborating with
internationally renowned vocalist Erin Bode, playing piano and guitar, writing
songs and arranging pieces for strings. Adam has shared the stage with such
great musicians as George Garzone, Derrek Phillips, Seamus Blake, John Elis, Mark Colenburg,
David Halen, Peter Schlamb, Brian Owens and Debbie Boone. His performances,
compositions, songs and arrangements have been featured on numerous
recordings and on national and international television and radio broadcasts.
Adam lives in St. Louis with his wife, Heather, and children, Nico and Ivan.
Sydney Rodway took a rather unusual path to the double bass. He spent the
majority of his professional career as a jazz saxophone player. Trained at the
University of Kansas, he spent over 15 years playing and touring with a variety
of national artists. In 2004, at the age of 34, he decided to purchase and learn
to play the upright bass in hopes of accompanying his wife, vocalist Erin Bode.
It was a good match, and within a couple of weeks he was playing gigs with
her trio. Since then they have traveled extensively, performing in some of the
best jazz clubs and concert halls in North America, Europe and Japan, and have
recorded five studio albums. Primarily self-taught, Sydney has seized numerous
performance opportunities in the jazz and classical worlds and is a full-time
member of the Metropolitan Orchestra of St Louis. Influenced mainly by the
likes of Edgar Meyer and Larry Grenadier, he is very excited to continue this
journey toward bass excellence.
A native of Chicago, Shawn Weil was appointed to the St. Louis Symphony in April 2005.
Prior to his appointment, he played as a contracted member of the orchestra for two seasons.
Mr. Weil is a violinist with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and, for four seasons, was Co-concertmaster
of the New World Symphony. During his tenure at the New World Symphony, he was invited to represent the
institution in chamber music performances domestically in Manhattan and the Hamptons, and internationally
in Prague, Rome, and Monte Carlo. He has collaborated with Michael Tilson Thomas, David Robertson,
Alasdair Neale, and the Miami String Quartet. An active educator and mentor, Mr. Weil is on the violin faculty
of Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. He is frequently involved with the Education and Community Partnership
Program of the St. Louis Symphony. From 2002-03, Mr. Weil served on the faculty of the acclaimed Opus 118: Harlem Center
for Strings in Manhattan. Shawn Weil received his Bachelor of Music degree and the Performance Diploma from Indiana University.
Cellist Bjorn Ranheim was appointed to the Saint Louis Symphony in September
of 2005, holds the principal chair of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, CO
and is a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho. Prior to these
appointments, Mr. Ranheim served as associate principal cellist of the Fort Worth
Symphony. He has performed and toured with the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore,
Cleveland and Detroit; collaborating with Michael Tilson Thomas, David Robertson,
Robert Spano and Bernard Labadie. Mr. Ranheim has held principal and assistant
principal cello positions with the New World Symphony, National Repertory
Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra and, at the invitation of the music director,
Quebec City's critically acclaimed Le Violons du Roy.
Bjorn Ranheim made his concerto debut with the Minnesota Orchestra in 1996 as
winner of the Young Peoples Symphony Concert Association Competition and has
since appeared as soloist on multiple occasions with the Colorado Music Festival,
New World Symphony, Columbia Civic Orchestra and the National Repertory
A committed advocate of contemporary solo and chamber music, Ranheim has
premiered works by Stephen Paulus, Paul Schoenfield, Steven Heitzig, Peter Martin,
Stefan Freund and William Beckstrand.
Bjorn Ranheim studied at The Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of
Stephen Geber, retired principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra.