Fire Museum Presents:
Friday, January 30th 8:00 PM
The First Banana
2152 E. Dauphin Street
FREE (donations accepted)
This event was made possible by a grant from the Penn Treaty Special Services District
Seaven Teares (NYC):
Seaven Teares are a New York band formed in 2010 featuring singer/songwriter Charlie Looker (Extra Life, ex-Zs), experimental vocalist Amirtha Kidambi (Sequins and Skeletons), Robbie Lee (Howling Hex) on woodwinds, guitars and synth, and percussionist Russell Greenberg (Yarn/Wire).
Seaven Teares’ mostly acoustic sound brings together a number of disparate influences: dark post-Industrial folk (Death In June, Current 93), 1960’s co-ed pop folk groups (Mamas and the Papas, Ian & Sylvia), the drones and textures of modern composition and experimental improvisation, and the cold alien vocal harmonies of Gothic era liturgical music. The seven slow-burning songs shift between abstract raga-like meditations and straight melodic hooks, set against acoustic guitars, dark synth ambience, vibraphone, bells, and occasional harsh electronics, as well as authentic Medieval pump organ and recorders. - bio
"Having taken their name from a piece written for the lute by John Dowland, a Renaissance composer, Seaven Teares play a form of English folk that’s both reverent to the ancestral form and experimental. On (their) debut, Power Ballads, the group, composed of Charlie Looker, Amirtha Kidambi, Russell Greenberg, and Robbie Lee, plays on the textures of the music’s overwhelmingly melancholy feel. They wrap notes upon one another to form subtle, churning ragas, breathe ethereal melodies using woodwinds, and generate rhythm from minimalist percussion. In so doing, it culls elements of the natural world with a sense of history and precision balladry. Yet upon first listen, the most striking musical quality is the interplay between Looker’s and Kidambi’s vocals. Although much is made of Looker’s penchant for incorporating monastic chants into his work, most recently in his Extra Life project, Kidambi matches his octave-defying verses note for note. But instead of eliciting the pleasing, melancholy harmonies one may expect, the male-female vocals produce an unsettling incongruity that mates perfectly with the album’s themes of sex, shame, and betrayal." - Jeff Roesgen/Tiny Mix Tapes
Destroying Angel (Philadelphia):
"Destroying Angel are the brainchild of Anthony Cesa (who is also the singer/keyboardist of W. Philly's SGNLS). Forming in the winter months of 2012, the group also consists of Mario Lima on bass, Matt Melon on percussion Melissa Santangelo on harp/accordion/vox/percussion and Lindsay Thunderbauk on Violin. They create a dark, heavy folk sound that draws influences from the likes of Leonard Cohen, Comus, Angels of Light and Death in June to name a few. Themes range from the deeply personal, mysteries of life and death and the unnerving knowledge that this world is on fire and may never recover. From the soft and introspective to the dark and thunderous, Destroying Angel is the music hidden beneath the leaves." - bio
Fire Museum Presents:
Saturday, February 21st 8:00 PM
The First Banana
2152 E. Dauphin Street
$7-10 sliding scale
Fursaxa (Upstate PA):
"Fursaxa is Tara Burke. Formerly a member of the Silbreeze band UN, Tara started her Fursaxa project in 1999 after UN disbanded. Since then Fursaxa has released seven full length albums on the Acid Mothers Temple label, Ecstatic Peace, Time Lag, Eclipse, Last Visible Dog, and ATP. In addition there have been 3 self released CD-Rs and a CD on the her own Sylph recordings. In addition to recording, Fursaxa has played live music at venues in the US, UK, and Europe, touring with Bardo Pond, Black Forest/Black Sea, Christina Carter, Jack Rose, Spires That in The Sunset Rise, and Brightblack Morning Light, to name a few. Over the last couple of years Fursaxa has been collaborating more and more with other musicians as well. Espers member Helena Espvall and Tara have a duo called Anahita, and Sharron Kraus and Tara have the duo Tau Emerald. And in September of 2006 Fursaxa became part of "The Valerie Project", which was a live soundtrack for the 1970 Czech film "Valerie and her Week of Wonders". – ATP bio
Tropical Rock are Kathleen Baird (Spires That In The Sunset Rise) – Casio PX800 & Camilla Padgitt-Coles (Ivy Meadows)– Tenori-on. Their release 3 Lewej’ "is a sonic journey birthed under the auspices of frog possession in the lush confines of the cyberjungle. Playful and minimal, Tropical Rock is an earpath, improvisational frequency route into some kind of alternative reality." - Perfect Wave
Itasca (Los Angeles):
Kayla Cohen, a.k.a. Itasca, is a folk guitarist and songwriter from New York State. She has released several small press CD-rs and cassettes over the past five years, and began recording as Itasca after a move to Los Angeles in 2012. She records at home, taking inspiration from the fringes of LA's open space and natural land. At once soft-spoken and virtuosic, Cohen’s fingerpicking mesmerizes, laying gauzy groundwork for vocal work David Keenan rightfully cited as “courtly…dazzling.” - bio
3/4 - Jill Burton/Michael Evans/Jack Wright, Shining Wizard & Ravenact @ Aux
3/7 - special surprise guest
3/14 - Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways & Weasel Walter/Chris Pitsiokos duo
4/12 - Sir Richard Bishop, Robert Millis & Curanderos @ The Rotunda
4/15 - Daniel Levin/Nate Wooley/Matt Moran @ Aux
5/15 - Lina Allemano's Titamium Riot
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