with Siren Baroque with Danielle Eva Schwob, Corn Mo and .357 Lover & live video art by Joshue Ott
Sun June 8th, 2014
Minimum Age: All Ages
Doors Open: 7:00PM
Show Time: 8:00PM
Event Ticket: $15
Day of Show: $20
free for members
Brought together by a love of elegiac melodies, lush harmonies and dense, otherworldly sounds that challenge the status quo, acclaimed New York artists The Knells, SIREN Baroque and Danielle Eva Schwob will take the stage for a one night only performance at Le Poisson Rouge. Presented by award-winning cross-genre collective SYZYGY, the night kicks off with a set by “secure and stylish” (NY Times) ensemble SIREN Baroque, who will perform works by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, and Larry Lockwood before being joined by “worldly musical chameleon” (TimeOut NY) Danielle Eva Schwob. Together, they will perform new string arrangements of the composer/singer’s music before the The Knells close the night with their unique brand of psychedelic, choral-prog processionals, accompanied by the multi-sensory visual projections of video artist and superDraw creator Joshue Ott.
While distinct in their styles, all three artists have been inspired by the dense “wall of sound” harmonies and unearthly, religious stillness of early music. The project was conceived through a desire to shine a light on these influences and to trace a line from baroque music through to their own work in the modern day.
**Receive FREE album downloads from each of the artists (SIREN Baroque, Danielle Eva Schwob, and The Knells) for any tickets purchased between now and Friday, 6/6 at 5:00 PM.**
TABLE SEATING POLICY
Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area.
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The Knells are a post rock, neo-psychedelic chamber prog band from Brooklyn, NY. Their debut album, which the New York Times describes as a collection of songs that “sweep ahead, through passages of tolling solo electric guitar, of elegiac vocal melodies and harmonies, of note-bending quasi-Indian strings and guitar, of progressive-rock processionals,” was released on New Amsterdam Records in November 2013, and was cited as one of the year’s most notable releases in The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Daily Beast, Textura, and many others.
photo credit: Scott Friedlander
Siren Baroque with Danielle Eva Schwob
SIREN Baroque is an all-female baroque ensemble from New York City. Presenting passionate and historically informed performances throughout the States and overseas, the women of SIREN are committed to infusing spirited historical accuracy with a tinge of modern dynamism. Critics praise SIREN Baroque’s “unusual freshness” (Seen and Heard International) and “secure and stylish” playing (New York Times).
2011-2012, SIREN’s inaugural season, garnered enthusiastic reviews and an invitation to perform at the Festival de Musica Barroca in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Programs highlighted early Italian antiphony (“Surround Sound”); English love songs and music (“The Course of Love”); women composers from convents and courts (“Women All-Stars of the Baroque Era”); and the musical exchange between Venice and Spain in the High Baroque (“Counter Culture,” featuring cellist Katie Rietman). In May, SIREN collaborated with Company XIV on Judge Me Paris, a burlesque/baroque adaptation of The Judgment of Paris, and in August SIREN performed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Art After 5” series.
The 2012-13 season included a program of cantatas and concertos by Bach and Vivaldi (“Venice Connection”); a selection of vocal music by women composers on Gotham Early Music Scene’s popular Midtown Concert Series; and a concert of French music featuring renowned violinist Marc Destrubé (“In His Court”). In March, SIREN collaborated with Morningside Opera to present Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. In April, SIREN recorded its debut album, “Women All-Stars of the Baroque Era,” presenting rarely-heard masterpieces by women composers, a program that SIREN performed at the Boston Early Music Festival in June. July brought a tour of upstate New York, with performances in Saratoga and Ulster Counties.
The 2013-2014 features “Fyer, Fyer,” the first of four concerts exploring the ancient elements in collaboration with innovative baroque dancers, at the trendy Gershwin Hotel; “Winter Songs,” a collection of delightful seasonal favorites; “Women All-Stars II,” with more masterpieces by women of the era (at the Gotham Early Music Scene’s Midtown Concert Series and at Drew University’s acclaimed concert hall); and a season finale in May with special guest vocalists.
The music of London-born but New York-based musical polymath Danielle Eva Schwob is as “hard-edged” (New York Times) as it is “catchy, thoughtful” (Flavorpill) and “honest” (Joonbug). An intense blend of confessional lyrics, intricate yet unpredictable melodies and thick arrangements, her sound fuses elements of rock, pop, electronica and classical music. Her songwriting is an exercise in contradictions, taking small, personal experiences and making them seem enormous and overwhelming in their emotional arc. Characterized by expansive sound-scapes, glittering synthesizers, cinematic string arrangements and jangling electric guitars, her sound is an eclectic one.
Having grown up playing in rock and jazz bands before studying classical composition and honing her chops as a guitarist and arranger in the New York music scene, it’s not surprising that she developed an extensive musical vocabulary. While developing her own songwriting and performing with her band, she also worked on projects with artists including Philip Glass and Tara Hugo, Ben Folds, The Pogues, Dar Williams, Sxip Shirey, Corn Mo and members of The Polyphonic Spree, New York Philharmonic, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Roots, Boston Symphony and International Contemporary Ensemble as well as Shakespeare in the Park and several Hollywood film soundtracks. She also continued composing symphonic works and chamber music, receiving numerous commissions and accolades for these classical compositions.
Her unique and eclectic approach to songwriting has not gone unnoticed by critics. The New Yorker described her as a “notable cross-genre composer” while TimeOut NY dubbed her a “worldly musical chameleon [and] genre-bending composer” as well as a two-time ‘Critic’s Pick.’ Other features have come from NPR, NY1, MNN and numerous other blogs.
Having released her debut EP, Overloaded, in 2011, she is currently working on her debut album alongside three-time Grammy Award-winner David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, Peter Gabriel, Sinead O’Connor).
Photos courtesy of Krys Fox and Adrian Buckmaster
Corn Mo and .357 Lover
You’d be forgiven for thinking CORN MO & .357 LOVER were a novelty act, what with their songs about wrestling gods and Gary Busey. But behind the mutton-chops and flashy suitcoats is an infectious performer with a lung-busting vocal style who has worked with the best in the business.
live video art by Joshue Ott
New York-based visualist and software designer Joshue Ott creates cinematic visual improvisations, performed live and projected in large scale. Working from hand-drawn forms manipulated in real-time with superDraw, a software instrument of his own design, Ott composes evolving images that reside somewhere between minimalism, psychedelia, and Cagean chance, delivered with an inescapably human touch. Supple yet digital, ephemeral but instantly memorable, Ott renders sound into vision, yielding an immersive multi-sensory experience that is at once immediate and synergistic, a unique visual narrative born in the moment.