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Doors Open:6:30 PM
Show Time:7:00 PM
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In their lifetime EF have spawned dozens of imitators, but their consummate blend of jazz, folk, no wave, and avant rock, to name a few of the prominent strands of their tightly woven style, has kept them at the top of their own category: music that relentlessly rejects the passing trend in favor of a higher artistic goal.
Singer Jennifer Charles, like the priestess of an ancient rite, transports audiences to the other side of reality’s veil, guiding and freeing them with her incantations and gestures. Her voice possesses one of music’s most unique and unmistakable tones. Her lyrics, spanning the transcendent, personal and political, reflect her wide reading but also come from a deep wellspring of language that is redolent of profound inspiration, incomparable to anything else in music, but in which can be discerned a lineage tracing through Leonard Cohen to Federico Garcia Lorca — at whose family homestead the band was invited to perform.
The main architect of the group’s sound, guitarist Oren Bloedow, employs a powerful arsenal of musical effects to plant each lance of Jennifer’s vocals deep in the listener’s ear and heart. His harmony, taste and restraint have made him a weapon of choice for such artists as Antony, Meshell Ndegeocello and Rufus Wainwright, among countless others, but it is in his own Elysian Fields where his playing and writing truly shine.
In their private, under-the-radar existence, EF have been quietly making music and putting out records for close to two decades. This ‘we do what we do’ ethic has made them a cult band with legions of devoted followers across the globe, a league of loyalists who have stayed with Jennifer and Oren from their first Eureka moment, “This is the music I have been waiting for all my life!” being a common fan letter refrain.
This LPR live performance will be a special chamber ensemble concert, where Oren and Jennifer will be joined by Dana Lyn (violin), Katie Sheele (oboe) and Yusuke Yamamoto (vibes). The evenings selections will include the music that jC and OB composed for Jim Findlay’s ‘Dream of the Red Chamber’, the immersive dream/sleep theater piece, as well as a selection of moody classics from the EF catalogue.
EF are honored to have Charles Gayle opening the set with his solo piano work.
Marissa Nadler has been performing since 2000, releasing a number of well-received studio albums, and most recently, July on Bella Union in early 2014. She taught herself to play guitar as a teenager, and at the age of 15 began to write her first songs. Her musical style has been described as “dream folk”, featuring her haunting mezzo-soprano over the steady foundation of her acoustic guitar. Lyrically, her music has a strong narrative aspect, featuring introspective and American Gothic themes complimented by reverb-laden instrumentation and production.
The Boston Globe wrote “She has a voice that, in mythological times, could have lured men to their deaths at sea, an intoxicating soprano drenched in gauzy reverb that hits bell-clear heights, lingers, and tapers off like rings of smoke”.
July, her first release on Sacred Bones (US) and Bella Union (EU) Records, was recorded at Seattle’s Avast Studio, pairing Nadler with producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Wolves in the Throne Room). Dunn matches Nadler’s darkness by creating a multi-colored sonic palette that infuses new dimensions into her songs. July is the kind of release that reminds you why NPR counts Nadler’s songwriting as so “revered among an assortment of tastemakers”, and an album she couldn’t have made earlier in her career because, as every songwriter knows, she didn’t just write these songs: she lived them.
“The question of whether Marissa Nadler’s elegant folk music ought to soundtrack our dreams or haunt our nightmares has been a thread through her uncannily cohesive catalogue. With six albums in 10 years and never a misstep, Nadler has grown her own perceptive language . . . Nadler has few direct contemporaries—Bill Callahan, Sharon Van Etten, or Alela Diane come to mind—but here, on July’s most extreme song ["Dead City Emily"], she could sensibly share bills with, say, Iceage or Deafheaven.” Pitchfork 8.1
“On her sixth album, Boston-born singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler gets darker than ever before . . . Gone is the lithe, limber-voiced ingénue of last year’s ‘Wedding,’ and in her place lies Nadler’s blackest-ever-black album. New songs like ‘Was It a Dream’ and ‘Desire’ benefit from darker hired guns: Eyvind Kang’s strings, Steve Moore’s synths and the guitars of Phil Wandscher lend emotional heft and existential dread to these 11 phantasmagoric love songs.” NPR
“July unfolds as a near-perfect song cycle.” All Music
“Gorgeously ethereal” SPIN
Marissa Nadler official site
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Ramona Lisa is the current side-project alias of Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek. Over the past year she has been performing as Ramona Lisa in New York unannounced, incognito, with fully choreographed and costumed sets. Arcadia is Polachek’s first self-produced solo record. Completely composed in MIDI, it is a concept album of love songs that are nature allegories, and vice versa, which Polachek calls “Pastoral Electronic Music”. The making of Arcadia was a year-long process that began and ended in an empty studio in Rome’s Villa Medici and while on tour with her band, Chairlift. The record was made entirely on a laptop without instruments or external microphones — all vocals were sung directly into the computer, making use of hotel closets, quiet airport gates, and spare dressing rooms. Although the album was created in a non-space, the result is a lush and uncannily tangible world of warm textures, reminiscent of analog tape processes rather than a hard drive. Virtual oboes and organs interweave with synthetic insects and quivering sine waves, animated by Polachek’s vocal at it’s most delirious and intimate yet.
Ramona Lisa official site
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