Thu August 25th, 2016
Minimum Age: 18+
Doors Open: 7:00PM
Show Time: 8:00PM
Event Ticket: $10
On The Rise at LPR is a music series dedicated to showcasing up and coming bands from the New York City area. LPR is committed to finding some of the best local talent and exposing our patrons to bands that we truly believe in.
This is a general admission standing event.
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Half Waif is the project of Nandi Rose Plunkett, based in Brooklyn NY.
In the home of her Indian mother and Irish/Swiss/American father, Nandi grew up listening to a mix of Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, Celtic songstress Loreena McKennitt, and traditional Indian bhajans. In college, she studied classical singing and became enamored with the inventive works of Olivier Messiaen and Claude Debussy. A lover of synthesizers and pop tunes, her resulting work as Half Waif features richly layered compositions of various origins. Placeless, and yet the product of many places: the imaginative wilds of Northern Massachusetts; Ohio’s stark fields; Brooklyn buzzing at night; and ancestral homes across the ocean.
As Nandi tells it, “Half Waif was born at a time when all my identities were fracturing and shifting. A waif is someone without a home, but here I was with too many homes, a half waif by virtue of feeling unattached to any specific place, but to many places at once. I took up the torch of Half Waif to make sense of all of the sounds and stories that have made me.” Indeed, Half Waif brims over with sounds: underwater echoes of Celtic melodies; mossy, blinking electronic soundscapes; and the ultra- sad chord changes of 19th-century art music. A carefully crafted glass menagerie of song.
Half Waif’s debut EP Future Joys was released in May 2013 and praised for its “endlessly inventive sonic machinery” (The Deli Magazine) and “vocals that transition in an out of oily elasticity” (The Wild Honey Pie). Prior to the EP’s release, she put out a split 7″ with Deerhoof.
Half Waif’s debut LP KOTEKAN, released in July 2014 and produced by Devin Greenwood (Mirah, Anais Mitchell, Sufjan Stevens), is a kaleidoscopic blend of contemporary classical music and experimental pop, with melodies that range from Top 40 pop to ancient Celtic/British folk song.
With the addition of bandmates / longtime friends Zack Levine and Adan Carlo, Half Waif’s compositions have taken on a more immediate pulse live, rooted in the meeting of acoustic and electronic elements: booming drums & bass surging against a textural wall of pitched digital blips & sparkling synths, creating a lush sound that belies their compact trio format. The project released its second full-length album Probable Depths in May 2016, an ambitious collection that boldly displays Half Waif’s unique brand of mood ring pop.
Vocals, Keyboards, Songs / Nandi Rose Plunkett
Drums, Electronic Percussion / Zack Levine
Electric Bass / Adan Carlo
Armed with her violin, loop pedal and voice, sonic weaver Hannah Epperson arranges beautiful musical landscapes without indulgence or over-saturation. As a stirring solo performer and talented collaborative artist, she has joined forces with a versatile cast of collaborators across a spectrum of genres. More recently, these creative explorations have included composing and performing for interdisciplinary film and dance companies across the country and in New York, where she now resides. Hannah’s breadth as a collaborative and compositional powerhouse stems from from an eclectic experiential and educational background: from learning Appalachian folk tunes by ear with a cowgirl in Utah to travelling through Scandinavia and Europe as an accompanist; or from touring her solo project by sailboat with permaculturists to accompanying Flamenco dancers in Spain, before finishing her honours degree in Human Geography and representing Canada at World Championships for ultimate frisbee in 2015.
The versatile and collaborative journey of this Salt Lake City born violinist informs the creative compositions she offers in her solo projects. Hannah’s unique songwriting and performance earned her one of British Columbia’s Peak Performance Project awards in 2013 and international recognition as a powerful songwriter whose compositions weave classical emotion together with the raw energy of indie music. Her warm voice sits perfectly within the tone of her four acoustic strings layered together and affected electronically, evoking references to Andrew Bird turned with vocal melodies by Feist; or Owen Pallett reinterpreted by Lykke Li. Hannah’s sound crosses genres and will continue to offer various levels of musical and emotional exploration to the same listener at different times.
Ready. No memory. No culture. Pollens is big singing, bright and upright, and crunchy, interlocking percussion. They call their music bogo beat. Hybrids, mash, flag-less and feral. Quick. Toothy. Warm. Pollens sing about the body, mistakes, immediacy, about witches and warnings, kids and contest champions.
Pollens is supporting their newest record: ’83… 4 new uptempo songs concerning 1. lovesickness=homesickness 2. asymmetry=asymmetry 3. boys when they’re afraid and 4. animals when they’re not (afraid).