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
“American-Canadian Hannah Epperson has many strings to her bow. A successful ultimate frisbee player for Canada’s national team, a consummate violinist, a wonderful songwriter, Hannah Epperson is the real deal, millenial artist” (The Line of Best Fit)
As a solo performer and collaborative artist, violinist and vocalist Hannah Epperson has joined forces with a versatile cast of collaborators across a spectrum of genres and disciplines. More recently, these creative explorations have included composing and performing for interdisciplinary film, dance and immersive theater projects 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 background: from learning Appalachian folk tunes and lore with a cowgirl in Utah to traveling as an improvisational accompanist through Scandinavia; from touring her solo project by sailboat with permaculturists in the Gulf Islands to accompanying Flamenco dancers in Spain; and from receiving an Honours Degree in Human Geography at UBC to representing Canada at World Championships for Ultimate Frisbee in 2015 and 2017.
The multifaceted journeys of this Salt Lake City born musician inform the creative compositions she offers in her solo and collaborative projects. She has contributed string arrangements for live and in-studio productions for innumerable artists, including Fleet Foxes, Ry X, Julianna Barwick and spoken word poet Shane Koyczan. Hannah’s unique approach to composition and performance earned her British Columbia’s Peak Performance Project award (2013) and a full Juried Sound Recording grant from Factor Canada. After more than 160 solo shows across Europe supporting her albums Upsweep (2016) and Slowdown (2018), Hannah has garnered international recognition as a unique, powerful songwriter whose compositions weave classical emotion together with the raw energy of indie music.
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).