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 on June 8. 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.
The Knells’ critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, released on New Amsterdam in November 2013 to much praise. The New York Times’ Jon Pareles praised Lee’s“ambitious, accomplished rock side” as exhibited in the album, and Textura stated that the album “must be one of the most original-sounding albums released in 2013.” In addition, The New Republic’s David Hajdu included The Knells in his Best Albums of 2013list #6, and Ted Gioia also named the album #5 in his100 Best Albums of 2013 list. The album was also honored as one the Best Overlooked Albums of 2013 by The New Yorkers’s Sasha Frere-Jones. They will be sharing the stage with Joshue Ott, a visual artist whose stunning, kaleidoscopic projections resonate with the more psychedelic-inspired aspects of The Knells’ songs. Mr. Ott is a New York-based visualist and software designer who creates cinematic visual improvisations in real time, which are then projected in large scale via superDraw, a software program of his own design.
Rounding the ‘cross-genre’ element of the show will be SIREN Baroque, an all female ensemble who perform Baroque classics alongside commissioned contemporary repertoire. Founded by violinist Antonia Nelson, the group gives a fresh face to early music. Having performed in everything from experimental burlesque theatre productions, to touring internationally, SIREN is dedicated to infusing early music with a tinge of modernism.
For the show SIREN will be performing selections from their eclectic repertoire as well as a new arrangements of Danielle Eva Schwob’s pop songs, to be performed alongside the guitarist/singer herself. A “notable cross-genre composer” (The New Yorker) whose work straddles the pop and indie-classical worlds, she too has drawn influence from older sounds. “The tranquility of early music has definitely informed my writing,” she says, “harmonically my ideas are harder to pin down, however I think the tone of my music is similarly introspective.”
The concert will be presented by SYZYGY New Music, an “imaginative and progressive” (Unveiled Arts) presenter/musical collective that promotes cross-genre artists with ties to the classical community.
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