Party Trick Release with
West Grand Brass Band
2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant)
Berkeley, CA, 94704
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Reisender began when producer & songwriter Paul Conroy bought a neglected mandolin for 40 euros from a Flea Market in Stuttgart, Germany. The first few songs were written under bridges and on street corners of 20 different cities in Europe. From its origin as "Strassenmusik" (street music) Reisender embodies the spirit of the traveler, who embraces change and transience, especially in the face of adversity and hardship. In 2016, Reisender partnered with The Canvas Group to mix and master "New Year" and went on to perform Great American Music Hall, Bottom of the Hill, and Hotel Cafe in Hollywood in support of the album.
Reisender's music features an eclectic mix of 80s-reminiscent synths and drums, grooving mandolin riffs, cement bucket drum samples, and unadulterated indie pop hooks. The result is a sound comparable to groups such as Two Door Cinema Club, Tame Impala, Washed Out, and Miike Snow. Conroy's greatest personal influences are Paul Simon, Damon Albarn, Pixies, and Paul McCartney.
Reisender has also collaborated with local bay area artists such as Travis Hayes, Owl Paws, and Debbie Neigher by producing remixes of their works.
Born in San Francisco, Rebecca Mimiaga studied music at The NewSchool for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. The Summer before, she took an internship at a Chelsea recording studio and moved into a small room in the East Village. With few friends and only a handful of music venues she was allowed in, Rebecca around over Manhattan and wrote lyrics. Building a diary in songs, she explored emotions with two voices: one introspective/acoustic; one electric/outward-looking. She continued to perform both styles in an ever-widening range of NYC bars and coffeehouses.
In 2014, she teamed up with orchestrator, producer Maxim Moston to record Words in the Dark – a highly-personal work for voice, piano and orchestral instruments. In the same year, she built a rock band under the guise, LOUIZA. In 2015, she left NYC for Oakland and, within a year, began recording Party Trick at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco. The album introduced LOUIZA with aggressive, minimalist songs with a pop sensibility. Currently, Rebecca is writing her second LOUIZA album while under the influence of West African music.