Sun May 14th, 2017
Minimum Age: 21+
Doors Open: 8:00PM
Show Time: 8:30PM
Event Ticket: $14
Day of Show: $16
This is a general admission event at Union Pool: 484 Union Ave, Brooklyn 11211
Joan As Police Woman
Joan as Police Woman (Joan Wasser) is a world-renowned recording artist, songwriter, performer, producer and multi-talented instrumentalist. First trained as a classical violinist, Wasser was influenced by the music of Jimi Hendrix, Siouxie and the Banshees, Nina Simone, and Black Flag. She went on to perform in a number of alternative rock bands including The Dambuilders, Those Bastard Souls, and Helium. Throughout the early 2000s, Wasser went on to collaborate with artists including John Cale, Lou Reed, David Sylvian, Antony & The Johnsons, and Rufus Wainwright, several of whom went on to be featured on her own records. In 2002, Wasser formed Joan as Police Woman, and her debut album Real Life was released in 2006 to great acclaim. Pitchfork celebrates her songs that “remind us of a time when pop tunes wound up in jazz clubs without losing anything in translation.” She recently returned from an extensive European tour for her 6th studio album, Let it Be You, a collaboration with Benjamin Lazar Davis. Tonight Wasser will play songs from her upcoming unreleased album and is joined by Parker Kindred, Ben Perowsky, Oren Bloedow, Jared Samuel and Thomas Bartlett.
“Soulful adventurism – a voice so wondrous and moving it makes everyone else’s seem ordinary and mundane” THE GUARDIAN
“Ravishing and lovelorn” MOJO
“The coolest woman in pop” THE TIMES
Anni Rossi is a multi-instrumentalist and producer based in Brooklyn, New York known for crafting euphonious folk-pop and punk to lo-fi and dirty Aaliyah-inspired RnB mixtape with prank phone calls. She is notable for writing and performing with her one-of-a-kind electric viola that was handcrafted from a tree branch by her friend and former Swans percussionist Thor Harris. Rossiʼs unconventional performance style, which sees her plucking and strumming her viola like an electric-guitar has won praise from Pitchfork, who described it as “a huge part of her appeal… she emulates the sound of her ‘father shoveling snowʼ and ‘cars on icy packed roadsʼ with a fricative scrape of the strings.” Rossi has released several critically acclaimed EPs and albums, including 2009ʼs Rockwell, which was recorded in Chicago with engineer Steve Albini and released internationally by British record label 4AD. Her songs have appeared in episodes of Greyʼs Anatomy, Sirens and The Good Wife, and a large-scale theater work she composed with award-winning Marxist anthropologist Michael Taussig has been performed at New Yorkʼs Whitney Museum and Berlinʼs Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
Since parting ways with 4AD in 2011, Rossi has worked to expand her repertoire and find a wider frame of expression. She is now emerging from a period of playfully exploring several tangents of work woven by her creative instincts and raw responses to being human. With the help of Best Coast guitarist Bobb Bruno, she is currently putting the final touches on her third studio album which was recorded at his Yetiʼs Lair studio in Eagle Rock, California. The new work will see Rossi looking beyond the black and white framework that binds us to one another and exposing more of her emotional and mental interior.
Ora Cogan’s versatile, haunted voice opens up a mystical reality; hallowed, forlorn and full of promise. She combines the intricate guitar picking of Americana with grunge and psychedelic dreamscapes, drawing comparisons to 70’s folk legend Karen Dalton. As a performer Ora has shared the stage with the likes of Grouper & Hope Sandoval while touring extensively in North America, Europe and the UK.
Ora’s new album, Shadowland, was released on Hidden City Records and Beacon Sound in 2016. A co-production with Trish Klein from The Be Good Tanyas, Shadowland sees Ora’s stunning voice set in an intriguing realm of electric guitar, vintage keyboards, and hypnotic drums.
Ora became a part of Vancouver’s eclectic music community at 19, collaborating with a multitude of artists who participated in trend setting improvisation events Fake Jazz Wednesdays & Her Jazz Noise Collective. Cogan has released six full-length recordings to date and has played numerous festivals including Vancouver Folk Festival, The Festival of Endless Gratitude in Copenhagen and Torstraßen Festival in Berlin. She will be on tour throughout 2017 with her band.