Mirah + The Huntress and the Holder of Hands + Arch Cape @ AS220
115 Empire St, Providence, RI 02903, USA
Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn (b. 1974, Philadelphia) creates incorruptible
independent pop music defined by her graceful songwriting and
adventuresome recordings. Mirah has released over a dozen solo and
collaborative recordings on K Records, Kill Rock Stars and various US
domestic and foreign independent labels while touring the United States,
Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand many times since 1998.
Pitchfork has praised her “incredible voice—a versatile coo that can
flit from low, sultry tones to high, airy falsetto in one breath.”
6th full-length solo record, ‘Understanding’ (releasing September 7,
2018 on Mirah’s own imprint, Absolute Magnitude Recordings) is a
conscientious return to her early unconventional recording process. The
record embraces the spirited imperfection and rawness inclusive of rough
first takes, natural room sounds, and a fair amount of broken
equipment. Written and recorded in a time of political and personal
upheaval - family illness and the death of a dear friend, all in the
shadow of the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath -
‘Understanding’ presents an even hand of political themes, love songs
and introspective rallying cries.
Frequent collaborators of the
years have included well-known producers Phil Elverum (The
Microphones/Mount Eerie), Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), Eli Crews (The
Julie Ruin), Tucker Martine, Guy Sigsworth and Calvin Johnson,
songwriters and composers such as Thao Nguyen, Greg Saunier (Deerhoof),
Lori Goldston, Susie Ibarra, Jherek Bischoff, Tara Jane O’Neil and
Khaela Maricich (The Blow) and visual and media artists such as Anna
Oxygen of Cloud Eye Control, Britta Johnson and Ginger Brooks Takahashi.
THE HUNTRESS AND THE HOLDER OF HANDS
MorganEve Swain began The Huntress and Holder of Hands as a vessel for exploring grief and growth.
home-recorded using multi-layer tracks of voice and strings, Swain
pulled creative energy from the experience of losing her husband Dave
Lamb to leukemia and the bond they shared as the duo Brown Bird.
the ambition to perform live and explore beyond personal grief, The
Huntress and Holder of Hands expanded to a 5-musician band, employing
cello, string bass, electric bass, voice and drums, with Swain primarily
on five-string viola and guitar. The band builds harmony, string and
bass-driven pieces influenced by Post-Metal, Blues and Americana and
offers an intense musical and lyrical experience that explores love,
loss, power and strength.
The Huntress and Holder of Hands self-released The Water Street Demos EP in November 2015. The band's first full-length album, Avalon, will be released on September 15 2017.
Arch Cape is
the solo project of musician, visual artist and filmmaker Rachel
Blumberg. She has been performing in this incarnation since moving to
Rhode Island from Portland, Oregon in 2012. Rachel was deeply involved
in the music scene of Portland for many years and was a touring and
recording member of bands such as The Decemberists, M.Ward, Laura
Gibson, Michael Hurley and many more. While she lived in Portland she
also painted and had some exhibitions of her work. In 2011 she was
commissioned to make a stop motion music video for the musician Tom
Hagerman from the band Devotchka (Denver). Moving to Rhode Island gave
her a blank slate and she began to experiment and improvise with both
music and stop motion animation, developing a new musical and visual
language revolving around explorations of human thought, feeling, and
perception. The culmination of all of this work is Arch Cape. Using
various forms of the drum set, pitched and non-pitched percussion,
synthesizers, and her voice, Arch Cape improvises fragile, beautifully
mesmerizing, sometimes explosive emotional soundscapes to her stop
motion animated and film collages.
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