THE MUSICAL SÉANCE with Jill Tracy and Paul Mercer (2-night Event) - Private Parlor Show (($15 adv/$20 day of show))

THE MUSICAL SÉANCE with Jill Tracy and Paul Mercer

“Every object holds a story…and a hidden score”

Since debuting The Musical Séance on Halloween 2007, Jill Tracy and Paul Mercer have become widely known for their astonishing duets on piano and violin, where music is channeled instantaneously from cherished treasures brought in by the audience.

You are asked to bring a small object of special significance, such as a photo, talisman, jewelry, toy, token. This is a very crucial part of manifesting the music. Every object holds its story, its spirit. Energy, resonance, impressions from anyone who has ever held the object, to the experiences and emotions passed through it.

“These compositions are delicate and glorious living things— they materialize, they transport, and in the same second they vanish,” explains Jill Tracy of The Musical Séance. “They embody the fragile essence of Time. No two shows are ever alike, we have no control, that is the rare beauty of it. It’s all up to the audience to drive the show. We create the portal— but it’s the collective summoning, the synergy of the room that makes it so moving and powerful.”

Often, the objects themselves are just as compelling as the music they inspire. Everything from cremated cats, dentures, haunted paintings, 16th century swords, antlers, locks of hair, and x-rays have been presented at the seance. The excitement is–you never know what to expect.

V. Vale of RE/Search publications hailed a Jill Tracy/Paul Mercer Séance as “Sheer magic! Perfection. Improvised… If you’re lucky enough to be there, you realize you’ve just had a hint of something extra-mortal, uber-human, transcendent – maybe the concentrated ghosts of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater or the Commedia Dell’arte of the past are swirling around the room . . . and you think that THIS is the new avant-garde: live, un-censored, living theater.” describes the Jill Tracy/Paul Mercer Séance as “musical psychometry.”

Jill Tracy is a San Francisco-based singer/pianist, storyteller, and “sonic archeologist” who has garnered multiple awards and a passionate following for her beautifully haunting, cinematic music, sophisticated lyrics, old-world glamour—and curious passion for strange tales.

Hailed a “femme fatale for the thinking man” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Jill Tracy was described by NPR’s All Things Considered as “utterly intriguing, transporting you into a magical world solely of her creation.” LA Weekly has deemed her “the cult darling of the Underworld.”

Her music has appeared on film and television, including Showtime’s Dexter, CBS hit Navy NCIS, and the motion picture Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. She has collaborated and performed with music legends such as Steven Severin (Siouxsie and the Banshees,) David J (Bauhaus,) Jello Biafra, and famed author Lemony Snicket.

With her affinity for odd history tales and unexpected inspirations, Jill Tracy is known for traveling to unusual locales to research and compose spontaneous music. She has conjured music in decrepit gardens, cemeteries, murderous mansions, abandoned asylums, ancient redwoods, and haunted castles.

Jill Tracy is the first musician in history to receive a grant from the renowned Mütter Museum of medical oddities in Philadelphia. She spent nights alone composing music amidst the Mütter’s vast collection of skeletons and specimens—which include renowned “Siamese Twins” Chang and Eng, Einstein’s brain, Harry Eastlack “The Ossified Man,” and The Mermaid Baby.

She was invited by San Francisco’s Presidio Trust to research its archives and tour abandoned buildings with old records of supernatural occurrence. She interviewed over 50 Presidio employees revealing their first-hand ghostly encounters spanning decades. This became her stage show “Legends of the Presidio Ghosts,” which premiered in the famed Presidio Officers Club Ballroom, featuring music composed on-site inspired her discoveries.

She is currently in the middle of an another unprecedented project—a musical excavation of mysterious Lily Dale, the famed private town of mediums and Spiritualists in upstate New York. She is recording her singular piano music channeled at night inside the original 1883 auditorium, site of séances and spirit communication services for over a century. She has captured field recordings from the mystical Leolyn Woods to chilling nighttime rainstorms to create an authentic, never-before-heard sonic journey into this strange, little town that talks to the dead…

Paul Mercer

Paul Mercer is an Atlanta-based violinist and composer whose work focuses on the ‘whispering in the wood’ of ancient violins and violas, and their hidden melodies. Getting his start in the violin business, he learned a great deal of the instruments’ secret history as well as becoming adept at identifying the work of different schools of makers. This experience led to the production of his acclaimed channeled classical album ”Ghosts.”

$15.00 - $20.00


$15 in advance and $20 day of show online and at the door.

Private Parlor Shows are open to all friends and fans of The Lost Church and the performers.

Seating is first come, first served. We recommend you buy in advance to ensure being a part of the event (parlor shows often sell out), but you can also try purchasing at the door on the night of the show.

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